2010_Test__Exam_Prep

2010_Test__Exam_Prep - Student Academic Learning Services...

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Student Academic Learning Services Page 1 of 14 www.durhamcollege.ca/sals Student Services Building (SSB), Room 204 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 This document last updated: 12/16/2010 Test & Exam Preparation A Student Academic Learning Services Workshop
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Student Academic Learning Services Page 2 of 14 www.durhamcollege.ca/sals Student Services Building (SSB), Room 204 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 This document last updated: 12/16/2010 Test & Exam Preparation Test Preparation Strategies Time Management One of the most important things you can do to prepare for test and exams is to practice time management strategies. Make sure that you: Use an agenda to keep track of when your tests and exams are Create a weekly study schedule so you know when you have time to study Study during the time of day when you are most alert (there is no point to studying when you are exhausted). Also, begin your study session with the most difficult (or dry) material Begin reviewing early to give yourself time to get comfortable with the information and to ask questions if you don’t understand the material Study Strategies There are many study strategies you can learn and practice that will increase your understanding and help you retain (remember) the class material. Attend class regularly o Connect what you read in the text with what you hear in lecture o Provides an opportunity to ask questions regarding homework and readings o Discuss your learning and questions with your peers Keep up with your weekly reading and homework assignments o The textbook will describe the information in a manner different from the lecture. By reading the textbook and making personal study notes you increase your understanding and retention of the material Review your notes and homework assignments regularly (daily) o Repetition is the ONLY way to create long-term memories. It takes anywhere between four and seven repetitions of a thought to encode it in long-term memory (depending on the person and the material) o Redo problems that were difficult during the term o Create sample questions from your study notes o Recite aloud while reviewing to slow down your thinking; the longer you hold a thought the more likely it will stay in memory
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Student Academic Learning Services Page 3 of 14 www.durhamcollege.ca/sals Student Services Building (SSB), Room 204 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 This document last updated: 12/16/2010 Study Strategies Continued… Break your study time into “chunks” o You need to give your brain opportunities to process new information o After 30-40 minutes of reading, pause and take some time (5-10 min.) to think about what you have just learned o Ask yourself what the important ideas were, what were the details, what examples were given, how does this new idea connect to other ideas you’ve learnt previously… o After processing the new information move on to the next “chunk” o You also need to give your brain a chance to rest; after 2-3 hours of
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