How to Prepare for Final Essay Exams : How to Prepare for Final Essay Exams UCDC Training Activity An Introduction : An Introduction “Procrastination is the thief of time”
Excellent preparation helps to reduce stress and anxiety and yield better grades.
Keep in mind that “two hours out of class for every hour in class”.
Effective preparation requires about ten days before exams – planning and allotting time. Tools for the Preparation : Tools for the Preparation Time Management : Time Management Setting priorities
Decide which activities are most important
Mark them on your calendar
Making a schedule
Make a detailed weekly calendar
Mark your class hours, study times, and/or work times
Make it your routine
Allow flexibility to accommodate changes
Keep a to-do-list to develop a “can-do” attitude Time Management (cont.) : Time Management (cont.) Identifying timesavers
Study in your prime time
Morning bird or Night owl
Study at odd moments
While on the trip, break time, on the bus…
Obtain helps to gain more time
Study in group, have someone done other task(s) for you…
Be ready to give up leisure (temporarily)
Forget a must-see film, say no to T.V, ignore your games… Review for Essay Exams : Review for Essay Exams Plan the review
Scan the table of contents of your textbook
Set priorities to the parts of your assigned chapters
Start reviewing with the “high-priority”
Think and question
Think about major ideas and how they are related
Turn the heading into questions and try to answer them
If there is a set of objectives of the course or chapter, turn them into questions as well and try to answer them
Make question about the parts that lecturer has emphasized; the odd is high. Review for Essay Exams (cont.) : Review for Essay Exams (cont.) Use memory aids (mnemonics)
Understand the process and relate the influences
Divide materials into set of smaller recognizable units
Use acronyms or abbreviation or traditional recitation
Recite from the outlines of your notes
Give yourself positive feedback and encouragement
Avoid negative thought and “what-if” syndrome
Reward yourself periodically Predict Essay Exam Questions : Predict Essay Exam Questions Attend the class regularly.
Observe study hints and sample questions.
Refer to your note-takings.
Ask lecturer about exam conditions and structures.
Beware of open book exams (not as easy as you think); hard-working and well-preparation are still needed. Take Essay Exams : Take Essay Exams Physical preparation:
Rest and energize yourself
Be able to think more clearly
Arrive early with all supplies needed for exam
Some supplies are unnecessary but maybe useful
Check up if there is any change of exam room
Do not bring in food and drink to exam hall Take Essay Exams (cont.) : Take Essay Exams (cont.) Preview the test
Plan your times accordingly
Start with the easiest question
Skip hard parts of the test
Keep your exam until the last possible moment
If time running out, start outlining your answers Understand the Question : Understand the Question Read every word of each question carefully: Draft Complete Essay Answers : Draft Complete Essay Answers “Strive for quality, not quantity”
Do not draft the answer, just write it down and edit later.
Keep the correct pattern of paragraph.
If your ideas on other question come up, jot them down and put it aside; focus on the question you’re doing.
Always state thesis early.
Respond to the main ideas and add your well-reasoned opinion. Draft Complete Essay Ans…(cont.) : Draft Complete Essay Ans…(cont.) Precautions:
Pay attention to direction
Highlight or underline key terms
Number the parts of multifaceted questions
Check off number of parts after you answered each one
When finished, properly check or proofread Summing-Up : Summing-Up Start planning for the exam since the beginning of the term (beat procrastination)
Attend the class regularly
Take and organize notes for every subject
Exchange notes and learn in group
Keep on studying hard, but do study SMART
Well-prepare for all aspects of exam
Do it with your confidence and flexibility
Good luck with all your exams!!!