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Surviving College Exams

In School life on October 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm


Do you hate to take tests/exams? Do you feel like you are not the “test taking type”? If you answered yes to either of these questions I have some help for you.

Tip #1 Check Your Study Guide Questions Online

In today’s fast past economy most professors are not only teaching but they are also working fulltime jobs. Many times when they give you study guides the questions come straight from the test bank that they draw their questions for the test from. Not to mention, that they may even give you the test/exam question. Sometimes with a little luck the answer key is online or at least the page numbers to each answer. Some keywords to use when searching on like are “test bank”, “Answer Key”, or event the titles to the sections on power points and/or in the textbook.

Tip #2 Check Out the Textbook’s Website

 Although, most professors don’t use the textbook’s website it is a tremendous study tool. Unfortunately sometimes you have to pay for this supplementary website but for the most time they are free with sign-up. Usually, on these websites you can find videos, links to articles covering current topics, practice tests, and possibly chapter summaries. You can typically find these websites at the introduction of the text or even on the title page.

Tip #3 Take Notes

Typically in lectures professors tell you that something is “important” or even “This will be on the test/exam”. These are key phrases. If you don’t like taking notes at least write down these areas or highlight the section in the textbook. Be careful when using shorthand or writing every single word down because you can miss another “important” topic. One way to help overwriting if they say the definition will be on the test write the word and just put “def.” then you can lookup  the definition later, which is great review.

Tip #3 Do a Brain-dump

Typically, most students stress about taking the tests/exams, most of us start stressing the moment we sit down in class. This stress leads most of up to forget what we had studied so hard for in the first place. In this case, ask your professor if you can use a blank piece of paper when taking your test. Then once the test/exam starts you can take the first couple of minutes and write anything you think you might forget or that you feel is important. (Beware the longer you do this the less time you have on the test)

Tip #4  Eliminate the Wrong Answers

When taking multiple choice test/exam there are typically at least two obviously wrong answers. Go a head and rule them out even if you think you know the answer. Sometimes, you can look for key words in the question that are the defining characteristics to the right answer.  For example, they may ask a question about a “personality trait” and one might be a trait but not related to personality.

Tip #5  Look for Small Details

Okay so it sounds like that was tip number four. However this is more for textual clues. So we all know sometime student just don’t have time to study. This tip will come especially useful for these students. Look for different text sizes and/or fonts. Sometimes professors change the right answer that they feel is more or less challenging than what  the test bank offered. However, the fail to notice the slight difference between fonts and size. Also, look for punctuation and capitalization differences. For instance,  if the answer is in the middle “do_____ round” then the answer is not going to begin with capital, unless a proper noun. Furthermore, sometimes the answer is a the end of the question in this case there will probably be some type of punctuation at the end of the answer if there isn’t then it probably isn’t the answer.  Not to mention, lookout for names and gender clues  if the question is asking about a male then the answer usually won’t be something with a female name.

All in all, these tips typically works for most college exams/tests.  However, one of the best ways to survive college tests/exams is to read and attend classes. After all, you are paying for this class and you may need to know the information for your career. 

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