Preparing for exams
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.