Exam Preparation :
- Study in a quiet, comfortable (but not too comfortable!) location where distractions and interruptions are minimal.
- Be organized. Make a study schedule by breaking down what you have to do. Have all your materials with you.
- Study in small chunks of time. Two-hour blocks then a 15 minute break works well for many people.
- Keep a normal schedule. Be sure to eat right, get enough sleep, and take time to exercise and relax.
- Gather information about the test from the professor and teaching assistant (IE: Will the test be multiple choice, short answer, or essay? How many questions will be on the test? What material will be covered?)
- Anticipate exam questions. Do practice questions, including questions from old tests which can be found on reserve in the library, at the department office, or from students who have taken the course already.
- Make up sample questions and answer them.
- During the test, read the instructions and questions carefully. Budget your time. Organize your answer.
- Make up an outline for essay questions if possible.
- Relax. Be aware of tension build-up. Don’t forget to breath!