What are effective tips when preparing for final exams?

I am a student and will be sitting for my A-level exams in two months. This being my final exam I have been under a lot of pressure, and I have no idea how I should begin studying. I need help setting up a good study plan that will assist me scheduling my study time as I prepare for the exam. This exam would be highly considered and contribute to part marks of my state exams, and I would appreciate any additional tips I can use to study and pass these final exams effectively.

Jan Berry

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Chelsea Hayes on May 17, 2018

As a graduate with a lot of experience doing both test and exams, I can tell you that the two differ and that should be the first thing you should be able to identify. This will be an asset as you select your study technique. A test is mostly based on some areas of study. However, the final main exams are based on a broader area. They consist of long quizzes that may include multiple choice format or essay questions. This means as you study for them you should review both your assignments throughout the course and quizzes. With the following guidelines you can effectively prepare for your A level final exam.

  •    First, identify your goals. While determining the time you have left till the exam and your performance throughout the semester, set a grade that is realistic for you to achieve.
  •    Start studying beforehand and set a timetable that you will strictly follow. As you set your timetable, allocate more time to the areas you are weakest at.
  •    You could use state mock exams to practice. Using past papers you can familiarize yourself with exam conditions like the format, the questions likely to be asked and exam pressure. This will ensure that you are fully prepared to tackle the exams.
  •    Identify the study method that best suits you. Different students have different modes of study. You can use mnemonic devices, mind maps or use abbreviations to study.
  •    Organize study groups with your peers. The group could be composed of three to four people with whom you could discuss ideas and each other’s questions. By dividing the workload among each other, you spend less time on completing a certain topic.
  •    Remember to take notes. Making a summary of notes has proved to be a very effective way to study. This is because you can make notes of the key points of the topic of study and also it makes it easy to remember what you read.
  •    Gather all the necessary materials you may need while studying. This includes revision materials like textbooks and handouts and other materials like stationery. This will ensure that you avoid wasting time and you have adequate resources to refer to.
  •    Use highlighters to note and sticky notes to mark the key areas of study. You can also underline the keywords. This makes it easier when you review the notes later, and it also saves a lot of time since it creates organization. 

Craig Stewart3 months ago

I recently also sat for my A-level exams and passed with flying colors I agree that early preparation is important for exams. However, I also believe a good study plan could help you effectively study even when you have limited time like in your case.  A realistic study plan will ensure you use the time you have to cover all the areas of study you should however ensure you:

  •    Develop a timetable that works with your schedule. This will ensure your timetable does not clash with other plans you may have
  •    Allocate more time to areas you are not confident in to polish your knowledge in the topics.
  •    Organize your study plan with your study goals
  •    Strictly adhere to your study plan without any distractions or excuses.

Aside from these, it is important to ensure that you study in a conducive environment where you can fully concentrate. Make a routine that you will follow and avoid procrastination. 


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