It’s week 11 of the 12 Weeks Study with Me – program.
If you’re new to this series of posts and have no idea what the 12 week program is you can view the past 10 weeks’ articles here.
In a nutshell, the purpose of the program is to help you ace your exams using 12 sets of effective and actionable tips. Each tip is brought to you weekly with the hope to keep you on track.
So let’s continue on with week 11.
This week you will obtain old exam papers to familiarize yourself with the structure and format of your course.
The papers can serve as a sort of study guide particularly if you don’t have access to the course curriculum.
This can be one of the most effective ways in which you can prepare. If you can’t get your hands on a past exam or only have already solved ones available, it may be a good idea to consider creating your own. Rely on your flashcards and practice essay questions to do so.
Practice exams probably shouldn’t go right at the start of your study calendar, as the idea is that when you attempt practice exams, you have already revised everything. This way, you’ll get a realistic idea of how you can expect to perform on the real thing. This will then allow for you to understand the areas that need further attention.
With that being said, don’t hold off on utilizing practice exams until the day before the real exam, as you may not leave yourself enough time to revise the areas that need more work.
Take your time and answer as thoroughly as you can. Answer all questions and use your notes to find the solutions to the questions you don’t know.
Take frequent practice tests. However, save one set of past papers unanswered for next week.
To really deliver information to long-term memory, it’s necessary to refresh and test yourself on a regular basis. Practice tests are great for both assessing how well you know information, as well as helping you continue to learn and retain information.
We know that we learn more from our mistakes than we do our successes (as they tend to stand out in our minds more), so make sure that after you complete any type of self-test that you go back, review your answers and find out why you answered incorrectly.
So, at the end of this week you should have accomplished;
- Collecting a set of practice exam papers for your courses and
- Answering a full set of exam past papers for each course.
Stay tuned for week 12 which is our final week in the program. Until then, talk later!