Exam Study: Tips & Tricks

15 Jan

Studying for Exams

  • Use your study guides – know what is on the exams and what is expected of you
  • Study every subject every day and create a study schedule – do not cram!
  • Create a To-Do list of priorities and tasks to be accomplished
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places and use this to create study routines and a study space
  • Take notes on your notes – reorganize, rearrange, write and rewrite
  • Quiz yourself – ask and answer questions
  • Teach someone else
  • Use the A.S.P.I.R.E study strategy – see below

Preparing for Exams

  • Get enough sleep each night
  • Eat a healthy breakfast each morning
  • Bring healthy snacks for in-between exam times
  • Relax before each test – again, do not cram!

Websites & Resources

A.S.P.I.R.E. Study Tool

A: Approach/attitude/arrange

  • Approach your studies with a positive attitude
  • Arrange your schedule to eliminate distractions

S: Select/survey/scan

  • Select a reasonable chunk of material to study
  • Survey the headings, graphics, pre- and post questions to get an overview
  • Scan the text for keywords and vocabulary; mark what you don’t understand

P: Piece together the parts:

  • Put aside your books and notes
  • Piece together what you’ve studied, either alone, with a study pal or group; summarize what you understand

I: Investigate/inquire/inspect:

  • Investigate alternative sources of information you can refer to: other textbooks, websites, experts, etc.
  • Inquire from support professionals (academic support, librarians, peer tutors, teachers, experts) and other resources for assistance
  • Inspect what you did not understand

R: Reexamine/reflect/relay

Reexamine the content | Reflect on the material | Relay understanding

  • Reexamine: What questions are there yet to ask? Is there something I am missing?
  • Reflect: How can I apply this to my project? Is there a new application for it?
  • Relay: Can I explain this to my fellow students? Will they understand it better if I do?

E: Evaluate/examine/explore:

  • Evaluate your grades on tests and tasks; look for a pattern
  • Examine your progress toward achieving your goals
  • Explore options with a teacher, support professional, peer or parent if you are not satisfied

Good Luck!

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