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HOW TO

SUCCESSFULLY
PREPARE FOR
YOUR EXAMS
FIVE STEPS TO BE
SUCCESSFUL ON YOUR
EXAMS
Step One- Believe in Yourself
Step Two- Get Organized
Step Three- Manage Your Time
Step Four- Study Smart
Step Five- Exam Taking Strategies
Step One

A. It is important to have a
positive mindset!
B. Recognize your strengths
and weaknesses.
C. Set realistic goals. Know
your current marks!

“ TO SUCCEED, WE MUST FIRST BELIEVE THAT


WE CAN.”
MICHAEL KORDA
STEP TWO

A. Notes
 Keep course notes together &
separate from other courses
 Put notes in chronological order
 Ensure you have all resources
(e.g.,textbook, calculator, tests etc.)
 Classmates phone number

B. Exam Schedule
Be sure to find the following
information ahead of time and record
in your Calander!!
Course Code:________ Section: __
Date: ________ Time: ____ Rm: ___
HOW???

A. Notes
 Keep course notes together & separate from
other courses
 Put notes in chronological order
 Ensure you have all resources
(e.g.,textbook, calculator, tests etc.)
 Classmates phone number

B. Exam Schedule
Be sure to find the following information ahead of
time and record in your Calander!!
Course Code:________ Section: __
Date: ________ Time: ____ Rm: ___
STEP THREE

Avoid CRAMMING!
Create a STUDY SCHEDULE
• - What time of day do you learn
• best?
- What activities do you have to
work around?
- How many exams do you
have?
- How much time exists from
now until exams?
Be realistic!
Step Four- Study Smart
Use a COMBINATION of STUDY METHODS E.g., discuss
aloud, use flash cards, charts, listen to tapes, etc.
 DO NOT just read over your notes!
Review the material 3 X's using different methods.

REMEMBER:
You are trying to
organize the
INFORMATION in
your HEAD!!!
STEP FOUR: STUDY SMART
“Students learn 10% of what they read, 20% of
what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of
what they see & hear, 70% of what is discussed
with others, 80% of what they experience
personally, & 95% of what they teach to someone
else.”
William Glasser
STEP FOUR- STUDY SMART

How to Study for Exams


1. Know what is going to be on the exam.
2. Organize the material needed to be studied into 40
minutes portions. Take a break after each portion.
We learn best at the ‘start & end’ of a study session
3. When reviewing a topic ask yourself, Who, What,
When, Where, Why & How.
4. Pay close attention during EXAM REVIEW.
Step Four- Study Smart
How to Study for Exams
5. If you have a Textbook, review bold terms.
6. If you have a Review Sheet, complete it.
7. Write down any names, dates, formulas, definitions or
facts that need to be memorized on an index card.
Continue reviewing the information until the exam.
BEFORE AN EXAM!!
. Eat well & be well rested. Do NOT
watch TV or play computer games
before going to bed prior to the exam.

LAST minute studying


and Cramming does not
HELP. So make sure
that you have had
enough SLEEP!
STEP FIVE: EXAM TAKING STRATEGIES

 Show up 10 minutes early


 Lockers
 Go to the washroom
 Have everything you need with you
 Dress appropriately (Warm outside but cool inside)
 Books, bags, coats are left at the front of the room
 Write facts, formulas at the top of the exam A.S.A.P.
 Read over the exam and develop a plan
(E.g., Determine the amount of time you need to spend on each section of
the exam and start with the questions you know)
 Return to the questions you are not sure of
 Take the time to check your answers before you finish
 Write your name on the top of each page
STEP FIVE: EXAM TAKING STRATEGIES

A) True and False Questions:

 Read the statement carefully.


 For a statement to be true, every part
of it must be true.
 Be cautious of the words ALWAYS
and NEVER in a statement!
'Absolutes' are often incorrect
answers
B) MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS:
 Hide the answers and answer the question without
looking at any of the options. Then look for your
answer.
 Read the STEM of the question with each of the
possible answers.
 If you are not sure of an answer, eliminate the
choices you know are incorrect by crossing them
out, and then make an educated guess.
 'Absolutes' are often incorrect answers
Eg., never, always, every, etc.
C) ESSAY QUESTIONS:
Start with the question you know most about!
 First brainstorm, then organize information.
 Be neat and write in complete sentences.

 Paragraph One - state the question and tell the reader what
they can expect to learn from the essay.
 Middle Paragraphs - present examples, details, evidence,
and facts to support the points you are making.
 Final Paragraph-restate your position along with a quick
summary.
D) SHORT ANSWERS

 Keep your answer simple and to the point. Do not re-


state the question!

 Be neat and write in complete sentences.

 Use the marks allotted as a guide to how many valid


points you need to include in your answer!
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astonish ourselves.”
Thomas Edison