Pre­par­ing for ex­ams

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION & FURTHER STUDIES FAIR - By eLLeN WhYTe

IT’S the last lecture and you re­alise you’ve been lis­ten­ing ( sort of ) and read­ing ( some­what) and think­ing ( when writ­ing as­sign­ments) but you know you’re nowhere near ready to face ex­ams.

Now it’s time to hit the books and go into re­vi­sion mode.

Here is an awe­some method that guar­an­tees to make cram­ming eas­ier.

> Go through ev­ery­thing and make a list of topic head­ings

Think big pic­ture: usu­ally there are six or seven big top­ics per se­mes­ter.

> Go through lecture notes Di­vide them into those big top­ics.

> Go through your text­book Make a list of pages that match your big top­ics.

> Read the book pages that are rel­e­vant

Read the lecture notes. Do this in block mode. Now you have a great overview.

> High­light the key phrases in the lecture notes

You should only mark about 10% to 20% of the to­tal text. Each high­lighted item should spark a mem­ory that brings back the in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing that key phrase.

> Go through the book and take notes

Tip: if you write th­ese by hand, it will boost short- term mem­ory into long- term mem­ory. How­ever, if you have messy hand­writ­ing, type your notes in­stead. Your notes will form a vis­ual mem­ory too, so the aim is to be neat.

> Add your lecture note high­lights to your text­book notes.

> Di­vide your notes into sec­tions, one to each big topic.

> Lay in­for­ma­tion out neatly Now high­light the key terms: high­lighter if you’re writ­ing, and by bold­ing them if you’re typ­ing. Print any typed notes.

See how much re­vi­sion time you have, and make a sched­ule for read­ing through your notes. Aim to read them at least three to five times a day. Dis­card pages once you’ve mas­tered them.

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