Whether you're still in high school or have moved on to college, your exam marks often determine half or more of your final grade in any given subject. Failing them can lead to failing out and ending up on employment insurance. Family advice isn't always the best thing to take, as they're simply passing on their bad habits to you. If you really want to make sure you do well on your exams, follow our preparation tips. They'll get you ready to take on that big test.Compliments of:
Take Good Notes
It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that you give yourself the best chance at passing your exams if you show up to class, pay attention, take notes, and do your assigned readings. However, you should also take notes when the professor is talking about the exam, specifically what it will cover. You don't want to be studying management when the exam only covers local retail, so make note of the topics and save yourself some time.
Start Preparing Well in Advance
Cramming is something of a rite of passage for college students, but that doesn't mean it's an effective exam study strategy. Students who start studying a week or more in advance are more likely to become a mortgage brokers, while those who cram are more likely to fail out and end up working at Staples. Do several read-throughs of your notes, make sure you understand all the material, then hunt down old exams or sample exams with which to test yourself.
Look After Your Body
The condition your body is in at exam time will determine how much mental effort you're able to put into describing or working out chemical equations. Go to bed early the night before the exam to rest up. Refrain from drinking alcohol or eating junk food the day before and the day of the exam. Get some exercise the night before so you can work off any nervousness you may be feeling.
Pack Extra Supplies
Be prepared. It's the scout motto and it serves students well. The night before the exam, pack everything you need to take your exam. If it's a driving test at a local driving school, take your glasses, sensible shoes, etc. If it's a written test, pack pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, extra papers, any books or lists of equations you're allowed to take, a calculator, a bottle of water, your student ID, your watch, and a snack.