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Preparing For Exams

  • Attend all classes.
  • Read all assigned material and take notes.
  • Take organized and clear lecture notes.
  • Know your professors.
  • Make your presence known in class by your courtesy, cooperation and willingness to learn.
  • Ask questions to increase your understanding of course material.
  • Meet with your professors out of class.
  • Make use of tutoring and supplemental instruction services.
  • Plan your study time.
  • Set study goals.
  • Learn the technical vocabulary of the course using index cards--use memory tricks such as associating difficult material with something you already know.
  • Organize the information you must remember
  • Separate review time from daily assignments.
  • Start reviewing systematically and early, not just the night before the test.
  • Divide the review material into logical sections and concentrate on one at a time.
  • Practice predicting and answering test questions.
  • Learn test-taking terms and strategies.
  • Examine previous tests to ascertain what you did well and what you did not do so well.
  • Find out what kind of a test it will be: objective, essay, or a combination of both.
  • Find out when and where the test will be given; what you are expected to bring with you (pens); and what you are allowed to bring with you (dictionary). Get to the test site early with appropriate materials and do deep breathing exercises to relax. Do not, at this time, continue to try to study.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the exam.
  • Get up early enough to avoid rushing and to eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Tell yourself you will do well - and you will!

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