Preparation is the key

A few pointers

Study Checklist - An effective time management technique is to create a to do list. A study checklist is your "to learn" list. It should consist of all the material you need to cover in order to be prepared for the exam. You can begin your checklist on the first day of class and add items to it throughout the term.

Set Time Allocations- Decide how much time you have to spend on this course. Then determine how much time to allocate to each item on your study checklist. Periodically monitor the plan and adjust time allocations as necessary.

Ask the Instructor What to Expect- S/he is the expert on the exam. Ask questions about format, important topics and how s/he would approach studying for the exam. Listen and make specific notes when the instructor discusses the exam in class.

Study Space - Critique and then prepare your study environment. The best place to study is the room in which you have learned or the room in which you will write the exam. Next best is a comparable area. Make sure it is quiet, well-lit and contains all of your study tools.

Engage your senses- You remember something better if you read it or explain it to yourself allowed.  Use physical motions such as marching or skipping around the room (perhaps not in the library) to remember a difficult concept.  Write a poem or song to remember a concept.  Draw a picture or create a mind map to show relationships between ideas.  Learn more about improving your memory.

Set Mini-Goals - Break the work into small components. Reward yourself when you successfully complete a study task or series of study tasks.

Look After Yourself - Eat well, sleep well and enter the exam with confidence.

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