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Prepare for a Big Exam

Posted by medliorator on December 27, 2007

Kendra Campbell shares valuable test prep advice:

1. Make a schedule, and try to stick to it. Having a schedule provides you with structure, and is a good way to prevent falling into the trap of running out of time in the end. It also ensures that you always have a task at hand.

2. Get up every day at a similar hour. it’s also a good idea to “try” and go to sleep at a reasonable hour every night.

3. Don’t forget to schedule in “fun time” or time off from studying to relax. If you’re somewhat obsessed with cleaning (like I am), take off 20-30 minutes to wash your dishes or do some laundry. Do you enjoy being outside? If so, take a walk around the block or to a nearby park. You may have noticed that all of these activities involve physical activity. We know that moving around and getting your blood flowing is advantageous to both your mind and body.

4. Do questions. This is a great way to learn. Use an online question bank, or one of the thousands of prep books. And don’t just look at the correct answers. Actually figure out why you got the question wrong (and even right), and learn from your mistakes.

5. Don’t study what you already know.

6. Caffeine is your friend. Never forget your friends.

7. Change it up! If you find yourself getting incredibly bored… change the subject you’re studying, how you’re studying it, or where you’re studying.

8. Take the day or night off before your exam… don’t stay up all night before the exam. This might be the worst idea ever. Let all those pharmacology drugs simmer in your brain for a while. Give the information time to cement. Have a nice dinner or go see a movie (preferably a completely mindless comedy) and reward yourself for all your hard work.

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