This week’s workshopsTest Taking Strategies: Essay Exams
Thursday Mar 24th (3:30) in 340 Helen Glass
Tuesday Mar 22nd (2:15) in 534 University Centre
We are approaching the ever popular time for the nerve-racking exam cram - ten hours, twenty hours of force feeding facts so that we can go in, write the exam and forget it all twenty minutes later.Study in small bits
When studying for exams it is much better (and much less stressful) to study in small bits (20 minutes – an hour) over a longer period of time than in a large chunk all at once. For example, you will remember far more if you study for 20 minutes every day than if you study 2 hours once a week.
Avoid useless repetition
Another popular study technique is to read your notes over hundreds of times. This strategy can backfire however. Facts and information that looks familiar on your note page won’t look so familiar when taken out of context and put on an exam sheet. Students who hate writing multiple choice tests will have an even harder time when faced with information taken out of context. Also, when memorizing small details, it is important that you pay attention to how the details related to each other and fit into the chapter or course.
Rehearse: test yourself
A really simple way to deal with this problem is to test yourself when you are studying.
Good websites for information on exam preparation (besides our own of course) are: