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What are the fundamental tips I can use during exam time?

Our school recently posted the spring final exam schedule on the school website. I will be sitting for my last exam this semester. I would like to ask for any advice I could use as I sit for my exam; they could be tips I could employ before, during and even after the examination. The exams are nerve wrecking especially when working against an exam timer; I would like information on how I can also deal with this in the exam room. These tips should generally ease my exam time.

Curtis Rhodes

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Melissa Norris on February 6, 2018

Professors and invigilators in our college use timers during exams to time the pace of students during the exam. Students ensure they should work within the exam time frame and complete exams in time. This could be distracting and also make students very nervous during the exam. There are several ways students could deal with exam jitters and examination uncertainties. Some useful tips I have used as a student during exams include:

• Refer to the final exam schedule.

In your situation, look at the final exam schedule in spring for a list of dates and times of the exams. Before enrolling in your classes ensure you look at the exam timetable to avoid having multiple exams scheduled on the same day. If there are any possibility of exams clashing request for rescheduling arrangements earlier.

• Learn more about the exam

Find the total make up of the last semester exam to your overall grade. Determine if the exam is multiple choices or an essay exam. In short, learn the structure of the exam. Will it have a selection of questions to choose from?

• Avoid cramming

Cramming is an inferior mode of studying; this is because the goal of cramming is not to understand. People who cram tend to forget what they read easily, and it is often very stressful. Cramming could also cause a mix-up concepts read, and students may be unable to differentiate one concept from another.

• Stay calm but confident

Being calm means, you are composed to sit for the exam. If you have read, be contented and confident in yourself. Avoid talking too much with other students but have healthy study discussions. Get in the exam room in time to avoid rushing through the questions.

• Review the exam question

Before starting the exams review all the questions briefly to get an overview of the exam. Allocate each question time to answer it leaving an allowance for revising the exam after the exam. This will help you utilize our time well and prevent you from being nervous just by looking at the timer during exams.

• Simplify the question

A good tip when answering examination questions is by breaking them down to clearly understand what is being asked. You can also note down critical points of the answer to ensure you remember what is being asked without leaving out any fundamental point.

Olive Wilsona year ago

I recently completed my tertiary studies, and I agree that exam was no walk in the park. I, however, believe preparation if the fundamental part of my exam. Doing thorough revision of all areas that will be tested in the exam is the best way to ready for the exam. While studying, avoid focusing on reading only but also review past papers. Make notes of what you read any chapter, using your own words to make summaries improves your understanding and also your memory. Come up with your strategies, what other people use does not have to be suitable for you necessarily. Some students are hesitant to ask for assistance when they meet challenges while studying. Being your last exam, you need all the help you can get. Consult educators or your peers for any clarifications or second opinion. During the exam, review the answers you have written in the paper.


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