Ace your exam prep this study week

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Don’t freak out about exams just yet. You’ve got this week to prepare. It’s time to put your head down, your brain into gear and hit those books hard (not literally). Study Week can be a stressful time for students, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep you on track. Remember, staying organised and healthy is key. So get some sleep, avoid caffeine (seriously!), and limit your social media procrastination.

Confirm exam details
Obviously, you’ll check your myGriffith exam timetable to discover the date, time and location of your exam. The exam timetable is usually released a good few weeks before the commencement of Study Week. But just a heads up, that venues are subject to change, so be sure to double check the details 24 hours prior to the exam. Also, your exam may be in a place you are unfamiliar with. Check the campus map to locate the building, and use the Room Locations guide to decipher the level and room number. It can get confusing!

Schedule your life
Set out a study schedule and stick to it! There are loads of daily and weekly planners you can use to help with this. Now, we aren’t advocating that you spend a fortune on a Planner, but some are just so darn useful (and pretty!). You can find free planners online as well. Handy hint: sleeping and eating are important activities to schedule into your busy days. Your brain works better after rest and nourishment!

Set #examgoals
Setting unrealistic goals is just as bad as not setting them at all. Check how you are travelling in your course so far. The results for all your completed assessment items should be available in Learning@Griffith. Calculate how many marks you need to achieve your desired overall course grade. That’s what you should work towards. Start thinking of all the ways you can reward yourself when you reach this goal!

Prepare your study notes
This is the moment when you’ll be super pleased with yourself for going to class and taking awesome notes. Go grab those notes; it’s time to make them work for you. Basically, you want to condense your notes and present them in a visual format. Have you heard of a mind map, concept map or flowchart? According to Patrick Sharrat in Passing Exams for Dummies (2013), your brain thinks in pictures, so creating keyword pictures and patterns can help with memory retention.

Teach the topic to someone
Teach the topic to your mum, friend or flatmate’s dog. The best way to test your understanding of a topic is to try to teach it to someone else – even a class of stuffed animals will do! Now, Mickey and Minnie, listen up…

For more study tips, check out this Buzzfeed video for 8 essential study hacks (2015) or Wengies video on 7 study tips to help you ace your exams (2014).

– Extract from Study Smart – Exam Prep –