How to Successfully Prepare for Your exams



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How to Successfully Prepare for Your EXAMS

  • This presentation will probably involve audience discussion, which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
  • In Slide Show, click on the right mouse button
  • Select “Meeting Minder”
  • Select the “Action Items” tab
  • Type in action items as they come up
  • Click OK to dismiss this box
  • This will automatically create an Action Item slide at the end of your presentation with your points entered.

Five Steps to be successful on your EXAMS

“ To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Michael Korda

  • Step One- Believe in Yourself!
  • It is important to have a positive mindset!
  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Set realistic goals. Know your current marks!

Step Two- Get Organized

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- Manage Your Time

  • 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!
  • Avoid CRAMMING!

Use a COMBINATION of STUDY METHODS E.g., discuss aloud, use flash cards, charts, listen to tapes, etc.

  • 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.
  • Step Four- Study Smart
  • 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.

How to Study for Exams

  • 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.
  • Step Four- Study Smart
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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

  • 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,

  • “If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
  • we would literally astonish ourselves.”
  • Thomas Edison


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