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Exam Preparation

How to prepare for your exams at ACU
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Eloise Boyd

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Exam Preparation

THE DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM PREPARING FOR EXAMS Once you have finished sitting the exam, you will need to interpret your results and critically reflect on your experience. AFTER THE EXAM Much of your success with exams will rely upon the foundation you build in the days and weeks prior to the exam.
So... BEFORE THE EXAM GET ORGANISED There are techniques you can use in the exam room to increase your likelihood of success. DURING THE EXAM What's revision?
A consolidation and clarification of knowledge you have gained throughout the unit.
An active process in which you rework and rethink your study materials.
An organized process in which you set goals and prioritise your work. START REVISING EARLY Revision is a process, not just reviewing content.

Identify the gaps in your knowledge and use strategies to fill them Your revision will be much more effective if you are organised.

Firstly where will you study? Think about where you can concentrate best, is it the library or at home? Try to minimise distractions and opportunities to procrastinate.

Time Management:

Plan both long (1 hour+) and short (15 – 30 minutes) study periods.
Set goals for your study time to keep you focused on your progress.
Measure your success by goals you have met, not by time you have spent.
Remember to take breaks, this will give you a chance to think about what you have been studying and give your brain a rest. Exam time is stressful , but you can help yourself by following these tips before, during and after your exam. Identify which topics/themes/subjects you are least comfortable with and begin your revision there.

Try predicting what will be on the exam, using your notes, the Unit Outline, and past exam papers. Past exam papers can be found here:
library.acu.edu.au

Create your own exam questions, and write timed, trial answers.

Make summaries of your notes, condensing an entire section into its most important main points. REVISION STRATEGIES Use the days before the exam to organize yourself and make sure you have all the basic information you need to successfully complete your exams. Visit ACU web pages to familiarize yourself with the regulations. What should I bring to the exam?
You should contact the Lecturer-in-Charge of the unit to verify what materials will be allowable in the examination room. Generally, students should bring pens, pencils, and an eraser to each exam. Find out about the exam
What is the date for the exam?
Always check the exam timetable just
before the exam period begins, as there
may be last minute changes.


Where will the exam be held?
Your exam will probably not be held in the same room as your lecture or tutorial, and may be located off campus. Important! Don't forget your ACU Student Card!
If you fail to present your ACU card at an examination you will be in breach of University Regulations, and you may not be allowed to sit the examination. What time will the exam begin?
If you are more than 30 minutes late for the exam,
you will not be allowed to enter. How will I get to the exam?
Problems with public or private transport (except in the most extraordinary circumstances) are not an excuse for missing or being late to an exam. Decide the order you will use for answering questions. BEFORE YOU START Use the reading time at the beginning of the exam sessions to get yourself ready. Take a few deep breaths to settle yourself so you can... Responding to exam questions
Attempt to answer every question. If you run out of time, use bullet points instead of complete sentences.

Answer the question you were asked. Spending time writing everything you know about a topic, whether or not it is relevant to the question, will not gain you extra marks.

Don’t leave the exam room early. Use that time to check your answer sheet against the exam paper, to ensure you have not skipped questions or misnumbered answers. USE YOUR TIME WISELY As in every other area of university study, time management is crucial to your exam success. Make a plan
Allocate more time to questions that are worth more marks.

Write your time plan in the margins of the essay paper (not the answer sheet).

For essays, write a plan or mind map before you start, much like you would for an essay during the semester. Remember to include an introduction, a body and a conclusion.

Keep to your plan, this will keep you focused and reduce stress as you get further into the exam. DEALING WITH EXAM STRESS

Exam stress is a normal emotion that almost every student feels. It’s impossible to entirely eliminate that stress, but you can work to control your response to it. A common cause of exam stress is feeling unprepared. The better organized your preparation strategies, the more likely you are to feel ready to meet the challenge.

Reflect on your past reactions to stressful situations. Knowing how you respond to stress can help you manage it. The ACU Counselling Service can assist you with this process.

Keep to your usual routine for exercise, eating and sleeping during your exam preparation. Continuity can help settle your nerves. PREPARATION IS KEY Have confidence in yourself and your preparation.
Give yourself positive messages throughout the exam to reinforce this. LASTLY... Results will be posted to your Student Connect account
If you have questions or concerns about your results, make an appointment with the Lecturer-in-Charge to clarify them. Request this appointment in writing, using your student email account. REFLECTING ON THE EXPERIENCE
Which study activities were the most helpful?
Which were less helpful? How realistic was your study schedule? Were you able to complete tasks in the time you allocated? How able were you to predict the topics on the exam? Exams can be valuable learning opportunities Ask yourself questions about your preparation What kinds of emotions did you feel during the exam?
How helpful were your stress management techniques? Ask yourself questions about your performance How well did you understand and follow the instructions given for the exam? Did you bring everything you needed with you to the exam? Were you able to follow your time plan for the exam?
Did you have enough time to answer all the questions?
Did you spend enough time on questions that were worth significant marks? About which concepts and topics were you the most confident?
Least confident? What kinds of questions did you find easier to answer?
Which did you find more difficult?
Which study activities and habits will you need to change? Why? Ask yourself questions about the future Which study activities and habits will you continue to use in future? No matter what the outcome is, the exam is over. The weeks or months building up to the exam have gone, and taken the pressure, stress, tension and nerves with it. You are free again! The best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started. “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”

~ Art Williams Familiarise yourself with the exam Check that you’ve been given the correct exam paper, with all the pages included. Scan the entire exam paper to determine the structure and organization of the sections. Check both sides of every page to make sure you don’t miss any questions. Read all of the instructions for every section carefully. Determine how much each section is worth toward the total exam mark. Estimate how much time you’ll need to answer each question, allowing more time for questions worth more marks.
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