Before the exam:
- Organize your notes — beginning on the first day of the quarter.
- Organize your time — set aside blocks of time to study.
- Find out as much as you can about the exam — ask your teacher.
- Anticipate exam questions.
- Study actively — summarize, write, recite and practice problems.
- Prepare needed materials:
- If the exam is open book or notes, highlight information that you might like to cite in an answer.
- If you can use a sheet of notes, create the sheet early and use it while studying.
- Get a good night's sleep.
- Arrive on time, but not too early — listening to others cram may confuse or panic.
- Think positively.
During the exam:
- Get materials organized.
- Listen for last-minute instructions.
- Make quick notes about facts you think you might forget.
- Read all instructions and problems carefully.
- Organize your time — don't spend too much time on one problem.
- When finished, go back and read the directions to be sure that you followed them.
- Check and double-check your answers.
- Use all the time allowed.
After the exam:
- Use the exam as a learning experience.
- Go back to your notes and try to answer the exam problems.
- Look for a pattern in the type of problems you do very well (or very poorly), and try to assess why this is true.
- Determine which study techniques worked for you.
- Discuss your performance with your teacher.
- Rework problems you missed.
- If you are allowed to keep the exam, keep it to study for finals or for future reference.