Top ten ways to prepare for exams

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					Angie’s Top 10 Methods of
  Preparing for Exams
Number 10
•   Review your
    notes after each
    class, add to
    them … not
    necessary to
    type them –
    unless that
    helps you to
    think about
    them
Number 9
•   Work on problems (math, physics,
    chemistry, etc.)
    – Memorize formulas … write them
      again and again and again
      •   Use them … several times
Number 8
•   Review your notes (memory from
    lectures) for content … where
    was the most emphasis put?
    – Were any hints given?
Number 7
•   Read/review textbook and
    assigned readings (highlighted
    pieces) … to understand vs.
    memorize (this is NOT the time to
    start reading!)
Number 6
•   Study with others
    – talk about what you have learned,
      how it can be applied
    – quiz one another
Number 5
•   Ask your professor about the
    structure of the exam …
    – Length, types of questions, topics
      covered, emphasis, etc.
Number 4
•    Determine key points for each
     major topic area covered
    – Write these down; review them
    – Create acronyms to remember them
Number 3
•   Find a comfortable place to study,
    good lighting, ergonomically
    correct (still you need to move
    every hour or so), without
    distractions (turn off your cell
    phone, TV, Ipod?, close the door,
    etc.)
Number 2
•   To study well, you have to be well:
    –   fed (snacking during studying can help to
        keep you awake … choose low calorie, low
        fat snacks … careful how much you
        consume
    –   exercised (basketball takes care of that!)
    –   slept (you need to sleep 6-9 hours per
        night!)
    –   emotionally-charged … choose to focus on
        your studying or deal with major issues in
        the way prior to
Number 1
•   Start studying BEFORE the night
    before!
    – There is too much to cover in one
      night; too much to remember, not
      enough time to reflect

				
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