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Training analogyExams can be terrifying but if we are prepared and understand a little bit more about how exams work, we can face them with confidence.
review them again one hour, one day and two days later. Reviewing in this way is a very effective method of reinforcing memory.
Preparing for Exams
+How best to prepare for exams Emily Danvers Uxbridge College Brunel University 14th November 2012
+ Raise your hand if this sounds like you, Wave your hands if this really sounds like you “Planning aheadmyrevisingtalk thethe “I keeppanic: I freeze up. I notes over just reading is course on on bus and over again and atbe revising, hours when should the end of phone on theIway there, right?” and I “I really like exams!” stare out of Ithe window whenaI single of revising can’t remember should thing I’m supposed to have learned.” be writing in the exam”
+ Objectives Look at some exam myths and truths Consider some effective revision strategies Practice ways to improve our memory
+ Complete the sentence… Exams would be so much easier if only….
+ Reflection Whohas something written down that they can’t change? Who has something written down that they can do something about? Who knows how to do something about it?
+ Exam Myths vs. Exam Truths Myth Truth Exams are a memory game Exams are a test of your understanding as well as knowledge I hate exams, I’m bound to fail Exams have advantages – be positive and confront your attitudes If I fail, it’ll be the end of the Everyone wants you to pass but you world can only do your best. Put into perspective. Exams are designed to catch They are designed to test the you out learning outcomes of the course.
+ BETA Revision strategy Be prepared- look at the past papers so you know the exam format and how this relates to the course syllabus. Evaluateyour knowledge - Decide which topics you might need to revise in detail and which you need to cover only briefly. Timetable - Look at how much time you have available and create a timetable. Plan ahead to fit your revision around your life. Active - condense notes, use memory tools, practice past papers, form revision groups
+ Revision routine Set times, targets and rewards Consider your environment - time of day, place Take regular breaks Work with friends Test yourself …Work effectively not virtuously
+ Revision Cycle… Reinforce memory by reviewing 1 hour, 1 day and 3 days later.Open University (2012)
+ Revision and memory Think about your learning style to create codes for your mind to unlock on the day: Visual- mind maps, pictures, images Auditory –songs, poems, mnemonics Creative – stories, connection, analogies
+ On the day Have a good breakfast Have a quick glance through notes Arrive early with spare pens/calculator Set yourself 5 minutes to read the exam paper thoroughly Spend time planning and reviewing each exam question Avoid negative people before and after the exam
+ Exam anxiety Use a mantra to deal with negative messages e.g. I can’t do this Positive objects/thoughts as motivators Take a logical approach to stay on track e.g. I will spend 5 minutes reading, 10 minutes reviewing and 25 minutes on each question
+ Conclusion Confrontyour exam attitudes – what might be holding you back? Think logically – what has the course covered? What have previous exams covered? Revise actively and unlock the power of your memory Get thebasics right on the day and your well- trained brain will do the rest!
+ Online Resources Leeds University (2012) Exam Skills Tutorial http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-exams Open University (2012) Revision http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/revision.ph p ReadingUniversity (2012) Preparing for Exams http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/ StudyResources/sta-preparing.aspx
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