General Study Habits

Time Management

Taking Notes & Reading


Interacting With Instructors

Contact Information



It Takes Practice

  Like any other worthwhile skill, becoming a good exam taker requires practice. Think of it as analogous to a dancer, who wouldn’t consider performing without substantial amounts of practice doing the specific moves in his or her routine. Similarly, you should think of an exam as your “performance,” and you should practice doing the necessary maneuvers to think through questions that you will be expected to execute during a test.

  As a general rule, you should practice taking tests to the point that when the real examination comes around, the process of thinking carefully and clearly is second nature. Practice tests supplied by the professor and questions of your own design can all accomplish this goal. Furthermore, by practicing the test-taking process early and often in your studying, you will help yourself learn the subject matter in exactly the context that the professor wants.


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