General Study Habits

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Success on any examination is a two-step process. First, you must prepare properly so that information is in your head in a meaningful form and accessible during the exam. Second, you must discipline yourself to think carefully while reading and evaluating test questions. Your exam preparation should begin well in advance of the exam itself. Ideally, you should be studying lecture material on a regular basis, i.e., 2 to 3 times weekly throughout the pre-exam period so that very little in the way of studying is actually necessary immediately prior to the exam itself. As part of this preparation process, you should . . .

  • Do all the assigned readings and take good lecture notes.
  • Learn material in accordance with lecture objectives and other guidelines.
  • Practice applying your knowledge by with sample exam questions.
  • Write key concepts on note cards for frequent review.
  • Be sure to have your questions about unclear topics answered.
  • Attend any review sessions offered by the professor.
  • Study enough in advance to avoid the need for all-night cram sessions.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and be well-rested for the examination.


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