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Options to help students stress less during the semester and exam week.

Test Taking Tips

Exam Week Study Tips

1-2 Weeks Before the Exam

  • Create a study guide
  • Draw it - create tables, diagrams, mind maps or pictures
  • Review your notes daily
  • Form a study group
  • Practice explaining concepts to other people
  • Devote more time to your harder subjects
  • Meet with the instructor
  • Study in a distraction-reduced environment
  • Alternate study spots - different places for the same subject helps retention
  • Take short breaks
  • Stay healthy, get sleep, and avoid caffeine
  • Drink water
  • Eat fruit like blueberries, and apples
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • No cramming the night before - Do a quick review and then get a good night’s sleep                        

Exam Week Study Tips

The Day of the Exam

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Get to school early and warm up your brain with a quick review
  • Make sure you have everything you’ll need for the test
  • Read all the instructions before beginning the test
  • Go through and answer all the questions you know for certain - save time for the hard stuff
  • If you’re stuck, circle the question and come back later - sometimes the answer shows up in another question
  • Neatness counts - fill in the spaces carefully
  • Go back and check your answers to make sure you didn’t leave anything blank or skip any questions
  • Use all the time you’re given – there are no bonus points for finishing first!


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