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1 Prepare for Exams 1 Prepare for Exams

2 2 For specific information on multiple- choice, short answer, essay, case study and open book exams download handouts from Exam Preparation on Studywell This presentation outlines generic strategies to help you organise and prepare for your exams

3 Prepare for Exams 3 Studying for exams GatherPlanDo

4 Prepare for Exams 4 Studying for exams GatherPlanDo

5 Prepare for Exams 5 Know where the exam will be held Know the date of the exam GatherPlanDo

6 Prepare for Exams 6 Know the time of the exam Know what you are allowed to take into the room GatherPlanDo

7 Prepare for Exams 7 Check –unit outline Topics Readings –unit objectives Knowledge Skills –exam parameters Multiple choice Short-answer Essay GatherPlanDo

8 Prepare for Exams 8 Find out which resources will be examined, e.g. –Lectures –Text book –Handouts –Additional readings etc... Know the level of understanding you are expected to achieve from each resource, e.g. –Overview –Detail or –Critical analysis Write notes throughout the semester at the same level of detail you need for the exam. GatherPlanDo

9 Prepare for Exams 9 Studying for exams GatherPlanDo

10 Prepare for Exams 10 Remember: –lecturers use the unit outline to write their assessment tasks Organise your materials –main topics from the unit outline sub-topics from lectures, tutorials, textbook, additional readings –map the structure of the course on a table or concept map. GatherPlanDo Concept map of multiple choice exam materials for unit HHB102

11 Prepare for Exams 11 Remember: –ideas in the readings that are also discussed by your lecturer or tutor are more likely to be on the exam. –lecturers write exam questions from their own point of view. Put yourself in their shoes. GatherPlanDo

12 Prepare for Exams 12 Studying for exams GatherPlanDo

13 Prepare for Exams 13 Remember: Lecturers often give additional information about the exam in the first and last lecture of the semester. Attend the first lecture Attend the last lecture GatherPlanDo

14 Prepare for Exams 14 Go to Study Management in Studywell for more help planning your time. Write a study plan Write an exam plan E XAM 60 minutes. 60 multiple choice questions P LAN Spend 1 minute per question. E XAM 1.5 hours. 2 essays each worth 30% and 8 short answer questions worth 5% each. P LAN Spend 20 minutes per essay P LAN Spend 5 minutes per question P LAN 10 minutes to revise at the end GatherPlanDo

15 Prepare for Exams 15 Unit content is often based on the text book GatherPlanDo...the same questions can appear on the exam Do the revision questions at the end of each chapter of the text book...

16 Prepare for Exams 16 Avoid passive reading Study Actively Highlight Re-write Underline Map GatherPlanDo U U

17 Prepare for Exams 17 Revise regularly to retain information The more you revise, the more easily you remember GatherPlanDo

18 Prepare for Exams 18 Revise using post it notes, posters and flash cards The more different ways you revise, the more you remember GatherPlanDo

19 Prepare for Exams 19 Make mnemonics (sentences or words to help you remember ) Use flash cards GatherPlanDo Draw diagrams

20 Prepare for Exams 20 Study without distractions Enjoy frequent breaks GatherPlanDo

21 Prepare for Exams 21 ` Study with a friend Ask for help from your peers & tutor GatherPlanDo Form a study group

22 Prepare for Exams 22 Write your own exam questions as though you were the lecturer GatherPlanDo Swap questions with a friend and answer each others questions

23 Prepare for Exams 23 Reduce and summarize your notes –reduce recall anxiety on the day of the exam GatherPlanDo

24 Prepare for Exams 24 Eat a good breakfast on the day of the exam Bring the right materials to the exam GatherPlanDo Get to the exam location early

25 Prepare for Exams 25 Start with questions you can answer easily GatherPlanDo Read instructions twice Breathe Leave time to review

26 Prepare for Exams 26 Image bibliography (in order of appearance) PAGES 1-15 Samuel, 'Exam Hall', In: ed, 2008, Empty examination hall with desks. ITS QUT, 'gp_wireless_map', In: ed, Map of Gardens Point campus. Andrew West, 'June Exams', In: ed, 2005, Screen capture of exam calendar. H_is_for_Home, 'Vintage purple 1970s twin bell Westclox alarm clock', In: ed, 2008, A purple alarm clock. Pablo, 'Nevermore!' In: ed, 2007, Pencil, calculator, notes, highlighter, pen. QUT, 'Unit Outline', In: unit_outline.JPG, ed, 2009, Screencap of QUT unit from blackboard. 'student', In: ed, illustration of a stack of books. Kate Devitt, 'QUT Course Concept Map', In: course_concept_map.jpg, ed, 2009, Concept map of readings for QUT unit. herval, 'Wishful Thinking', In: ed, 2005, Cartoon of girl looking up. Rachel Cobcroft, 'John Wilbanks', In: ed, 2008, A lecturer giving a lecture in MELT classroom. Anders Sandberg, 'Threat refuted', In: ed, 2008, lecturer addresses class with whiteboard. Mark Wainwright, 'Revision', In: ed, 2007, A close-up photo of a text book. Adam Raoof, 'Exam Stress', In: ed, 2009, A student sitting at a table in an exam room doing an exam

27 Prepare for Exams 27 Image bibliography (in order of appearance) PAGES Kaitlyn, 'Day ', In: ed, 2009, A student reads a book lying in bed. Karin Dalziel, 'Can't erase the highlighting in Zotero', In: ed, 2007, Screen capture of highlighted text. Nick Aldwin, 'Tools of Evil', In: ed, 2008, pencil, eraser, page of maths workings. dplastino, 'WU MING - Mind Map', In: ed, 2009, A multi-coloured concept map. '2students', In: ed, girl and boy sitting on stairs talking with book on lap. Rob Friesel, 'multi-tasking', In: ed, 2008, mum with laptop juggles baby and study. Kate Devitt, 'Reviewing', In: reviewing.jpg, ed, 2009, A graph showing percentage remembered over time with or without review. ccarlstead, 'Eraser', In: ed, 2008, student in exam. 'college-student', In: ed, student cross-legged with book in park. audreym, 'revision wall 1', In: ed, 2006, A poster of the periodic table with study notes beneath. Kate Devitt, 'Active Learning', 2009, Graph depicting the impact of active learning strategies on retention. Ali Nassiri, 'To-do list', In: ed, 2009, girl with post-it notes on hand. Steve Keys, 'ThinkMac's iKanji 1.0', In: ed, 2008, screen capture of Japanese kanji flash card program. J.G. Davis, 'Life cycle of the alfalfa weevil', In: ed, 2008, A diagram of the life cycle of the alfalfa weevil. Lee Pilich, 'Music cross-rhythm, what atrocious weather.PNG', In: _what_atrocious_weather.PNG ed, 2003, mnemonic diagram to help music student remember

28 Prepare for Exams 28 Image bibliography (in order of appearance) PAGES Iris Shreve Garrott, 'facebook status', In: ed, 2007, A screen capture of a facebook status update. Bashar Al-Ba'noon, 'Two feet watching TV!' In: ed, Daniel, 'Texting', In: ed, 2009, A person using a mobile phone to send a text message. Kevin Paul Jones, 'Day 136: Procrastination', In: ed, 2008, A Playstation II controller. Jesse Millan, 'water piple at wahclella falls hike', In: ed, 2008, student relaxing with foot in water fountain. Elsie Escobar, 'supported legs up on the wall pose', In: ed, 2007, person in inverted yoga pose. Ahmed Rabea, 'Love Coffee', In: ed, 2006, A cup of coffee with heart of foam. MC Quinn, 'Study', In: ed, 2008, two girls sit in library studying. QUT, In: qut_srp361.jpg, ed, 2008, blonde girl faces camera, boy and girl face towards her. QUT, In: QutPhoto3185.jpg, ed, 2008, six students work together on a group project. herval, 'Wishful Thinking', In: ed, 2005, Cartoon of girl looking up. Rachel Cobcroft, 'John Wilbanks', In: ed, 2008, A lecturer giving a lecture in MELT classroom..

29 Prepare for Exams 29 Image bibliography (in order of appearance) PAGES Kate Devitt, 'Studying for Exams', In: studying_for_exams.jpg, ed, 2009, Diagram of how to study for exams. exlibris, 'Breakfast', In: ed, 2008, a breakfast omlette with bacon, mandarin slices and a bagel. Pablo, 'Nevermore!' In: ed, 2007, Pencil, calculator, notes, highlighter, pen. ITS QUT, 'gp_wireless_map', In: ed, Map of Gardens Point campus. ccarlstead, 'Writing exams', In: ed, 2007, students in an exam adhiwus, 'Jennifer in Meditation', In: ed, 2007, A girl sits in meditation


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