Exam preparation is rarely ‘fun’; however, it doesn’t have to be stressful, boring and unpleasant. There are strategies you can undertake to improve your chances of doing well in exams.
Starting week 1, learn as much as possible about your exams. To do this, attend/read all the lectures and tutorials and any extra revision sessions that may be organised either on campus or online. Try and access past exam papers or exam questions. Often, lecturers will provide hints about the exams and sample exam questions throughout the semester, so take note of these. Try to identify the extent to which your upcoming exams will be similar to these.
Look at this exam preparation checklist. Indicate with a yes or no whether you do this well or you need to improve.
|Yes or No|
|Know what is going to be tested|
|Practise questions from past exam papers|
|Do regular review of lectures and tutorials|
|Create a revision timetable|
|Organise notes into summaries or diagrams|
|Manage your wellbeing|