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Academic Mentoring Resources: Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Use your metacognition skills (Plan, Monitor, Evaluate) for your exam preparation to study smarter, not longer, with the effective study tools.

Exam Preparation Tips Video

Video by AsapSCIENCE, 2015.

Plan | The Five Day Study Plan

  • Plan out study sessions by filling out the Ally Center Five Day Study Plan:

    • Start with the oldest material first in your test preparation, and add one or two new concepts to each study session.

    • Watch this video to learn about Spaced Practice- the most effective way to learn information!

  • Create preparation tools (i.e. note cards, rewritten notes, concept maps, and study guides) by utilizing your Class Notes(link).

  • All material should be prepared by the fourth study day, which leaves the last day for practice tests and review.

Monitor | Active Preparation

  • Learn how to create a Concept Map by following the instructions and tips on the Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing Libguide: click this link! Concept Maps help to connect and organize information for a better understanding of the topic.

  • Watch the video below to learn how to utilize different mnemonic devices to easily recall difficult information.

Video by SciShow, 2016.

  • Follow the Sway presentation below on Critical Thinking to learn about different levels of learning (Bloom's Taxonomy). Look through your study guide and study tools, then test yourself on which level(s) of learning you've mastered on a specific topic. The deeper the level, the more you'll be prepared for different types of questions that might be asked on the exam!

Evaluate | K-I-S-S

In order to improve your exam preparation and test-taking skills for your next exam, it is crucial to take the time to reflect/evaluate your own performance. Utilize the K-I-S-S tool below to evaluate your process of exam preparation:

  • Keep Doing...
  • Improve On...
  • Start Doing...
  • Stop Doing...