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Exam preparation is a personal and individualized process. Each student bases preparation on knowledge, subjects, deadlines, contexts and different habits. As well as spending time studying and staying on top of subjects on a daily basis, we propose several practical recommendations to cope during this period of work.

 

  • Find out at which point of the day you work most efficiently and organize to study during these hours. Try to study in cycles of 50 minutes with planned breaks of 5-10 minutes in between. This strategy allows you to stretch the total amount of time studying throughout the day.
  • It is possible that you feel distressed and do not know how to cope with so much work. You will need to prioritize and organize the tasks. Realistically plan according to your goals, i.e., you should answer the following questions: How confident am I in this subject? How much time do I need to spend each day to fully grasp this topic? How can I organize my revision?
  • Remember that the aim of studying is to understand concepts. To check that you have fully understood try to explain the content to another person, preferably someone who has some knowledge of the topic. If the other person manages to understand it, you are going in the right direction.
  • Find out exactly what the method of evaluation involves: syllabus covered, objective tests, essay questions, orals, assignments, practical exams. Studying according to the type of test can make a difference.
  • Be well aware of the lecturer's preferences and the most relevant topics and try to make up possible exam questions according to what you study. Take advantage of tutorials to not only clarify doubts but also to identify the best way to approach the subject.
  • The amount of information that you are going to deal with requires you to use diagrams, mind maps, memory techniques, index cards; all of these help you to retain more effectively the information that you study.
  • Do mock exams under similar conditions as the real ones, i.e., in the same time as the real exam and without using notes. Practicing with students from the year above is usually the best way. As well as testing your knowledge this exercise gives you the opportunity to see how well you work under pressure.
  • In order to endure the steady effort involved during these weeks, it is essential to rest well. Our brain needs to process what we experience throughout the day and to achieve long-lasting learning you need to ensure it gets the right amount of sleep.