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
- 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