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Exam/Test Preparation Tips for Students

Exam/Test Preparation Tips for Students

Category : general , 2 years ago

Exam/Test Preparation Tips:

1. Preparation for your first exam/test should begin on the first day of class; this includes paying attention during class, taking good notes, studying, completing homework assignments and reviewing study materials on a regular basis.

2. Plan your time, make sure you have sufficient time to study so that you are well prepared for the exam/test.

3. Go to review sessions, pay attention to hints that the instructor may give about the exam/test. Take notes and ask questions about items you may be confused about.

4. Ask the instructor to specify the areas that will be emphasized on the exam/test.

5. Make sure you go to the class right before the exam/test; it's another prime time for the instructor to give out more hints or the format of the exam/test.

6. Go over any material from practice exam/tests, home-works, sample problems, review material, the textbook, class notes...

7. Eat before an exam/test. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods which can make you groggy.

8. Don't try to pull an all-night. Get at least 3 hours of sleep before the exam/test (normally 8 hours of sleep a night is recommended but if you are short on time, get at least 3 hours so that you'll be well rested enough to focus during the exam/test).

9. Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed many times, this makes it easier to retain the key concepts that will be on the exam/test.

10. Try to show up at least 5 minutes before the exam/test will start.

11. Set your alarm and have a backup alarm set as well.

12. Go to the bathroom before walking into the exam room. You don't want to waste any time worrying about your bodily needs during the exam/test.

Exam/Test Taking Tips:

1. Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.

2. Bring a watch to the exam/test so that you can better pace yourself.

3. Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole exam/test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.

4. Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don't want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.

5. When you first receive your exam/test, do a quick survey of the entire exam/test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time.

6. Do the easiest problems first. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor.

7. Do the problems that have the maximum point values first.

8. Pace yourself, don't rush. Read the entire question and pay attention to the details.

9. Ask the instructor for clarification if you don't understand what they are asking for on the exam/test.

10. Write legibly. If the grader can't read what you wrote, they'll most likely mark it wrong.

11. Always read the whole question carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.

12. If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the exam/test and come back to it later. Other parts of the exam/test may have some information that will help you out with that question.

13. Don't worry if others finish before you. Focus on the exam/test in front of you.

14. If you have time left when you are finished, look over your exam/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.

15. Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the exam/test.

Post Exam/Test Tips:

1. When you get your exam/test back look it over and make sure that there are no grading mistakes.

2. Look over the exam/test and make sure that you understand your mistakes. If you don't know the answer to a question, look it up, ask a classmate or ask the teacher.

3. If the teacher reviews the exam/test in class, be sure to take notes on what the teacher wanted for an answer on the questions/problems that you got wrong.

4. If you aren't satisfied with your grade, go to your instructor and see if there's a make-up exam or any extra credit you can do.

5. Save the exam/test as study material for future cumulative exam/tests. 

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