Study Tips

Ready for your exam?

Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  • Review course outlines and make a list of what material will be covered on each exam. Speak with professors or teaching assistants if clarification is needed.

  • Do you have a good understanding of the testable material? Are you caught up on the readings and other course responsibilities?

  • Study with a group. Study groups allow students to:
    • review material from class;
    • exchange notes to gain new perspectives on lectures;
    • explain concepts to each other; and
    • form social ties with other students with similar interests

  • Be realistic: don't plan to spend 16 hours a day studying; how much would be quality time? Determine how many study hours are reasonable in a productive work day.

  • Work in quiet areas to minimize hearing music, television or other distractions if you prefer to study with music playing, choose something with no lyrics, and keep the volume low.

  • Ensure you understand by creating verbal descriptions.

  • Stop after each chunk, think about what you learned, and write a brief summary.

  • Use time on that last day to look through things one last time in a more relaxed and confident frame of mind.

  • Double check the exam time/date and location.

  • The night before, set and check your alarm and get a good night sleep.

  • Treat yourself after the exam!

Most of this information is from the Student Development Centre’s Learning Skills. For additional tips, see Study Guides and Strategies and Study Skills for Students.