The most common barrier to success encountered by learners is a lack of effective techniques for study and exam preparation. If you are one of the vast majority of learners whose answer to the question, “How do you study for your tests?” is, “I go over my notes,” then you need to take a serious look at your study skills. Here are some suggestions to increase your effectiveness as a learner:
ON EXAM DAY
- Remember to check your exam timetable to make sure you have the time and venue of the exam right.
- Try not to “cram” during every spare moment before an exam. This only increases your anxiety levels which can lead to panic.
You may find it useful, on the night before an exam, to jot down a few ideas or facts which you wish to have fresh in your mind when you begin the exam.
Read through your list a couple of times when you get up in the morning and/or just before you take the exam then put it away.
This kind of memory reinforcement not only improves your performance on the test, it also improves your long-term memory of the material.
- Be physically prepared.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Bring necessary writing materials to the exam at least 2 writing pens and pencils, erasers, calculators if appropriate and allowed.
Be aware of what the educator has specified as permitted for use.
Some instructors object to exams written in pencil; some prohibit use of tools like calculators.
It is your responsibility to know these requirements; you should be prepared to take the consequences if you don’t.