Renee’s Top 9 Exam Tips

It’s that time of year again, the time that everybody hates: EXAM TIME! No matter how much you dread it, or wish it never came, it’s inevitable. But don’t worry, if you follow these 9 exam tips you will be ready and prepared to tackle these exams.

1. Know your enemy, AKA the EXAM.

It’s important to find as much information about the exam as possible. This includes where it is, how much it’s worth, what type of exam it is and how long the exam is.

If you can answer all those questions you are well on your way to being prepared.

2. Ask for help.

Don’t be afraid to ask your Lecturer and/or Tutor for help — even if this means clarifying something a little. They know the subject better than anyone! Also, they want you to do well and succeed.

3. Practise, practise, practise.

One of the best ways to feel prepared in answering exam questions is to do some practice questions. Get your hands on old exam papers and go nuts! If they aren’t available, you can often ask your Lecturer or Tutor to provide you some (but don’t hassle them for questions!).

4. Get a good night sleep the night BEFORE.

The night before the exam = go to bed early! Don’t be up all night cramming in as much information as possible… THAT NEVER WORKS. Try and get a good night sleep to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the exam.

5. Arrive early.

It’s best to arrive at an exam 20-30 minutes early. This gives you time to go to the toilet, find your allocated seat and make sure you have all the correct materials. Arriving early also gives you time to breathe! There is nothing worse than arriving to an exam late feeling flushed and rushed.

6. Use your reading time.

Reading time can really help you make the most of your exam. In reading time, read all of the instructions, scan the exam paper and check how much each question is worth. This could help you decide what questions are worth the most and which ones you should attempt first.

7. Read the exam questions

Reread the exam questions at least twice before you start answering them. You might write an epic response, but if it doesn’t answer the question, then you receive little marks for it. Also, familiarise yourself with exam terminology. Knowing the definition of words like ‘compare’, ‘contrast’, ‘define’, and so on will be really beneficial. This helps you pinpoint what type of answer the question is after.

8. Focus on what you do know rather than what you don’t know.

Answer the questions you know first! Don’t get caught up and focus on one question you don’t know for 10 minutes. Move on and come back to it later.

9. Don’t rush — keep an eye on the time!

The lectures set out the exam time believing that everyone will be able to finish the exam during the allocated time. But then again, don’t go too slow that you are only able to complete half of it. Be aware of the time! With every minute of the exam you have time left, review your answers before leaving.

And that’s it! If you follow these tips you should feel pretty comfortable about your exams. Good luck! And just think… Now its holidays!×300.png

– Renee

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