One of the most common difficulties students have when preparing for term and final exams is not having allocated enough time for studying. By spending some time planning your study strategy and keeping in mind ways to manage anxiety and time effectively, you should be able to study your course materials systematically and have enough time to cover all material. By scheduling time to write practice exams similar to the final, you can increase your confidence and reduce your exam anxiety.
The ABC's of Preparing for Exams
Exam writing tip - what to do while you are writing your exams: When you enter the exam room, find a comfortable seat and immediately write down all formulas and facts that you've memorized (do a brain dump). Read the instructions carefully and scan through the entire exam, paying attention to the marks allotted to each question. Start off by answering some of the easier questions which will establish momentum and build your confidence. Allocate the time you spend on each question based on the relative number of marks allotted to the question. If you aren't able to answer a question, skip the question, move along in the exam and then come back to the question. Do not spend too much time pondering the question. There's a chance that some part of another question may provide a tip for answering the question. When you are finished - celebrate having finished writing the exam!
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For strategies on writing Multiple Choice exams, see the following page: Multiple Choice Exams from the University of Guelph.