Consider what is expected of you. Are exam questions going to be pulled from lecture material, assignments, readings or all of the above? Is the exam cumulative (does it cover everything since the first class)? If you’re unsure, ask your professor.
Consider what type of exam you are preparing for. The answer will impact how you study. Talk with your professor to find out the type of questions that will be on the exam (multiple choice, short answer, essay, etc.). Prepare accordingly.
Practice answering exam questions in advance. You can make your own questions from your notes and assignments. This will help you recall material, build connections and identify important course themes.
Reflect on your learning. Think about the following questions and write your answers in the boxes bellow. You can email your answers to yourself, but this is totally optional.
Enhance Your Learning
Enhance Your Wellness
It’s easier for your mind to focus on studying and preparing for exams when you take care of your mental and physical health. Here are a few tips for better health, better focus, and better grades:
- Try a mini-meditation to reduce stress and improve focus. Breathe in deeply, count to five, and exhale slowly. Watch your lower abdomen expand and deflate. Repeat five times. Learn more about how to proactively manage stress.
- Know when to stop Although some students may stay up until 4 a.m. studying, it’s not a healthy habit. Your mind is more efficient when you get enough quality sleep, so make sure to schedule enough time for rest.
- Don’t try to be perfect. Help get the better of anxiety by not trying to be perfect. Remember, your best is something to be proud of.
- Reach out for help. If you feel you need assistance with your mental or physical health, talk to a counsellor or visit a doctor.
Enhance Your Resources
- Check out The University of Guelph’s resource on multiple choice exams
- Check out The University of Northern British Columbia’s exam prep resource on deciphering exam essay questions