With the excitement of the winter holidays, also comes the dread of semester exams. To help you relieve your stress and help you to better prepare for the tests, we have gathered study tips and test taking tips for your convenience. Please utilize the tips below to make your last few days at school more enjoyable, less chaotic, and to help you do better on your exams.
It is best to review the material right after class when it’s still fresh in your memory.
Don’t try to do all your studying the night before the test. Instead space out your studying, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time.
Have all of your study material in front of you: lecture notes, course textbooks, study guides and any other relevant material.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to study with good lighting and little distractions (try avoiding your own bed, it is very tempting to just lie down and take a nap).
Start out by studying the most important information.
Learn the general concepts first, don’t worry about learning the details until you have learned the main ideas.
Take notes and write down a summary of the important ideas as you read through your study material.
Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains the information that you study at the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle.
Space out your studying, you’ll learn more by studying a little every day instead of waiting to cram at the last minute. By studying every day, the material will stay in your long-term memory but if you try to study at the last moment, the material will only reside in your short-term memory that you’ll easily forget.
Make sure that you understand the material well, don’t just read through the material and try to memorize everything.
If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the test.
Test yourself or have someone test you on the material to find out what your weak and strong areas are. You can use the review questions at the end of each chapter or practice tests the teacher may give out as well as other materials.
Listening to relaxing music such as classical or jazz on a low volume can relieve some of the boredom of studying.
Don’t study later than the time you usually go to sleep, you may fall asleep or be tempted to go to sleep, instead try studying in the afternoon or early evening. If you are a morning person try studying in the morning.
Test Taking Tips
Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.
Bring a watch to the test with you so that you can better pace yourself.
Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don’t want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.
When you first receive your test, do a quick survey of the entire test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time.
Do the easiest problems first. Don’t stay on a problem that you are stuck on especially when time is a factor.
Do the problems that have the greatest point values first.
Don’t rush but pace yourself. Read the entire question and look for keywords.
Ask the instructor for clarification if you don’t understand what they are asking for on the test.
Write legibly. If the grader can’t read what you wrote, they’ll most likely mark it wrong.
Always read the whole question carefully. Don’t make assumptions about what the question might be.
If you don’t know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.
Don’t worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.
If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.
Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test.
By: Dakota Day and Kyle Taylor