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Diana Parry

Preparing to Study  Studying for an exam more than cramming sessions  Successful studying: o ongoing process - begins on the first day of classes o managing your time o learning effectively from lectures, labs, and texts o developing a foundation – First set of notes start off your pre-exam review Assess Progress and Set Goals The first step in preparing for a test or exam:  How much it is worth? (what % of your final mark) and  what marks you are getting in the course so far This will help you to prioritize and allocate study time. You also need to know:  Your long-term goals (graduate school?) and  How they're connected to this particular course o Is the course required for your program? o What mark would you like to get? o What results will you need on this particular test or exam to achieve that mark? o What implications does this have for your approach to preparing for this test or exam? Review Material Regularly When you review what you have learned in your courses from the first day of classes a little bit every day, you brain consolidates and integrates all the information so you don’t have to cram By taking these steps, you'll be able to use pre-exam study time to review rather than relearn (or learn) course content.  Daily review: Edit class notes as soon as possible after class to fill in gaps. Review notes quickly before class  Weekly review: At the end of each week, take an hour to do a structured review for each course, integrating class and text notes  Make summary notes of important concepts and information  Look at the specific material covered that week, and also at how this information relates to the course as a whole  Major review: Begin extensive review 1-3 weeks before the test or exam Use the Instructor and Teaching Assistant as Resources  During the semester and particularly as exams approach, see the instructor or TA for assistance with any content you don't understand. If they have scheduled a review class, go prepared with questions to ask  Tactfully gather as much information about the test as you can. Although it is not appropriate to ask specifically what will be asked on an exam, there is nothing wrong with requesting information on, for example, approximately how much of the material will be coming from lectures vs. readings  Be sure to attend review sessions Develop Awareness of What You Don't Understand  Use a study tool such as a concept map or flashcards to pinpoint areas of weakness  Make a list of the concepts, terms, theories, or other knowledge that you don't understand well  Try to find the answers in the text, or ask classmates, the professor, or the TA Planning Your Time A big part of studying effectively is knowing when to study and finding the time to do it. By setting specific goals for your study time, you can avoid procrastination and give yourself a feeling of accomplishment as your goals are met. Below are some suggestions for planning your study time; for more detailed information, see go to the following workshops on:  Time management or our comprehensive Set Study Goals  Know the format and length of the test.  Know what content the test will cover. Is the test cumulative?  When you sit down to study, know what you want to complete in that specific study time. Make a Study Plan  Divide your available time and your work load into manageable chunks. Study frequently in shorter periods of time  Pay attention to how much time you're spending on specific study tasks and stay on track with your study plan  Plan breaks (e.g., 10 minutes for every hour of studying). Build some free time into your schedule to allow for unforeseen things. Be flexible  Focus your energy on studying, not playing catch up. If you are already behind, try to prioritize, concentrating on the material most likely to appear on the exam.
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