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The only thing standing between you and summer vacation

May 4, 2009

It's that time again to prepare for your final exams. Many of you will be working to get high marks and others will try to do enough to pass. Here are some simple tips to follow that might make you a master exam taker.

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Today @ Colorado State has created a list of preparation tips for students.

This is how to prepare for your exams:

  • Set aside a certain amount of time each day for studying. Spend as much time practicing and studying as you can.
  • Break up your study time into smaller increments and break up information you need to learn into smaller chunks. Studying for a long period of time will wear your brain out and you will remember less. It’s okay to take a short break.
  • Check to see if there are pretest materials or exams from previous years. Seek out students who’ve taken the class or check out CopyRite in the LSC for old exams. Make use of your teachers – they know what they’re going to test you on and should be giving you enough indication of what is important to know, such as, repeating something over and over again in class.
  • Review sessions can be a big help. Even if you feel you don’t need it, it won’t hurt to attend – you might actually learn something you didn’t know. Studying with other students in your class will benefit everyone. If your professor offers it, you can check for review and study sessions on the discussion board on RamCT.
  • The days leading up to your exam is crucial and you should allow yourself plenty of time to study. If necessary, take some time off work and really prepare yourself.
  • The day before the exam, cram as much as possible and solidify any final study preparations and ask your teachers for any uncertainties you may have.
  • A well-rested brain functions better than a worn out one. Sleep well the night before and try to relax. Being too worked up can hinder your performance.
  • You hear it all the time, but it’s true, breakfast can be a lifesaver. You don’t want to be sitting in your exam thinking about a bowl of cereal instead of the right answer. Nutrients will help you wake up and get your brain moving.
  • Focus on your exam and put your best foot forward. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you studied hard and the only thing anyone can ask is for you to do your best.
  • Take your time during the exam. It is not a race and just because someone does it faster, doesn't mean they did it better. Go at your own pace but keep track of your allowed time.
  • After you’re done, don’t think too much about it. You don’t want to have something lingering over your head for the next 2-3 weeks. It’s over, you already took it and there’s nothing you can do but to make the wait fun. Start enjoying your summer vacation or for those taking summer classes, study for your next exam.
Happy studying and good luck!

Contact: Anh Ha
E-mail: Anh.Ha@ColoState.edu
Phone: (970) 491-4161