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Exam Preparation. What we’ll be covering: key elements of exam preparation creating and using note cards the Eight-day study plan. What problems are you currently having with preparing for exams?. Take a moment to complete “ Exam Prep: A Self Check ”. (Click when finished).

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exam preparation
Exam Preparation
  • What we’ll be covering:
    • key elements of exam preparation
    • creating and using note cards
    • the Eight-day study plan
what problems are you currently having with preparing for exams
What problems are you currently having with preparing for exams?
  • Take a moment to complete “Exam Prep: A Self Check”. (Click when finished)
  • The answers to all of the questions should be “yes”.
  • Now check your answers and list areas in which you can improve.
key elements of exam preparation
Key elements of exam preparation
  • Know what the exam will cover
    • If you don’t know, then ask. Visit instructor’s office hours or ask over e-mail.
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Know what type of exam will be given
    • Match the method of study to the kind of exam you will be given
    • (hint: you wouldn’t use note cards to study for an essay exam)
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Avoid procrastination
    • If you wait until the last-minute to study, you’ll remember less and stress more
    • By keeping track of all the daily activities you participate in, an Ultimate Schedule can be constructed. With this Ultimate Schedule:
      • free time can be used to prepare for upcoming exams,
      • and more time can be set aside if it is needed.
      • See example.
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Use memory techniques
    • Remember the techniques we discussed?
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Make sure you’ve taken adequate notes and read the text
    • Get any notes that you’ve missed
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Have the proper attitude
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Monitor your anxiety level
    • A little anxiety is good, but a lot will hurt your performance
    • Check out our stress management on-line workshop
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
    • Ask during class, over e-mail, at tutoring and in your study group
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Key elements of exam preparation
  • Look for (or create) practice tests and questions
    • Form a study group and have each member identify possible test questions. Write each other practice tests
    • Ask the instructor for any old tests, if available
    • Come to the Learning Center and use our bank of old tests.
creating and using note cards
Creating and Using Note Cards
  • When note cards are a good idea
    • when you are a visual learner
    • when you will be given an objective test
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Creating and Using Note Cards
  • Using them the right way
    • frequently shuffle the cards to keep from learning them in order
    • use only one concept per card- they aren’t designed to hold more
    • use your own words- by putting concepts in your own words, you’re actively learning while you create them
    • take out the ones you know until the final review- don’t waste your time studying things you already know
    • check out these examples
the eight day study plan
The Eight Day Study Plan
  • download the Eight-Day Study Plan
summary
Summary
  • Re-reading your text and notes is often not enough to prepare you for an exam. You will need to have good study strategies and a good study plan.
  • It’s also important that you know where to go for additional help, including instructor office hours, tutoring centers and preceptors.
apply what you ve learned
Apply what you’ve learned
  • Complete the Eight-Day Study Plan for one of your classes
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