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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

  • What we’ll be covering:

    • key elements of exam preparation

    • creating and using note cards

    • the Eight-day study plan


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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.


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Key elements of exam preparation exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • Use memory techniques

    • Remember the techniques we discussed?


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Key elements of exam preparation exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • Have the proper attitude


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Key elements of exam preparation exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • 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.


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Creating and Using Note Cards exams?

  • 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 exams?

  • 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


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The Eight Day Study Plan exams?

  • download the Eight-Day Study Plan


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Summary exams?

  • 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.


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Apply what you’ve learned exams?

  • Complete the Eight-Day Study Plan for one of your classes