Quick study guide 20
Before the exam:
Focus on revision, not re-learning
Listen for verbal clues offered in lectures and tutorials. •
Use the Unit Guide to create an overview of themes and topics. •
Prepare a pre-examination study timetable. Share your time between subjects, according to available marks.
Identify problem areas and work on these first.
Aim for understanding, not just memorising the material. •
Study actively—verbalise and visualise your revision. Pose questions before you start.
Use concept maps/diagrams.
Revise tutorial problems.
Work in groups (be creative and challenging) and individually. •
Do past exams (under exam conditions, including handwriting) and discuss your answers with your lecturers and tutors (where possible), or use annotated sample answers.
Take effective breaks (planned and limited) - regular exercise is good for this.
Get enough sleep - synchronise your body clock with exam times. •
Prepare your exam resources - pens, calculators, ID card, etc. •
Check the day/time/place for your exam.
Check your transport and, if necessary, parking arrangements. •
Know what you are permitted to take into the examination room, especially if the exam is ‘open book’ style.
During the exam:
During reading time
Read the entire paper thoroughly.
Check instructions (optional/compulsory; short/long answers etc) •
Allocate time proportionally to the value of each question. •
Decide on the order of your answers and organise plans (mentally if writing is not permitted)
Aafter reading time
Tick and order the questions you plan to answer.
Re-read the questions and underline key words and phrases. •
Write notes/brief outline answers in your exam booklet.
When answering questions
Make sure you answer ALL questions – one excellent answer will not compensate for a missed one (= zero).
Keep to pre-set time...
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