I had my first exam of the year on Tuesday.
And I remembered topics and quotes and all the important stuff so I was happy when I’d finished it.
So, here’s a rundown to exam success:
- It’s an old cliché but revision is key.
- Make a ‘study timetable’ and keep to it – it helps to know what time of day you study best.
- Have a study group with classmates.
- Look over previous papers and have a go at answering the questions.
- Try alternative techniques: spider diagrams; lists; flash cards etc.
- Ask someone to question you.
- Read around the subject – secondary material is vital for critical tests.
- Go into the exam feeling positive!
- Write a thesis statement (for critical analysis questions).
- Cram all your studying in the night before – you’ll be tired and probably won’t have absorbed much information.
- Study topics that have not been discussed in class.
- Study for too long without taking a break – keep hydrated.
- Begin your exam without making notes.
- Don’t forget to underline ‘key words’ in the question if it is essay style.
- Spend too long on one question if there is a lot to answer, give yourself sufficient time.
That’s what I did anyway and I was confident entering and exiting my test. It was two critical questions and there were quite a few options to choose from so I didn’t have any trouble. Fingers crossed I get a decent mark!
I got to Uni at 8am the other morning and walked out at 5pm; dark when I got there and dark when I left. It looks so pretty of an evening though. The lake all lit up is a lovely sight. I rarely travel over to that side of campus but one of my classes had been moved and I got to see it in all its glory.
Anyway, I must go, food shopping is imminent.
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