Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Exam Tips #2

Cheat sheets are the way to go.

"What do you mean?" I hear you cry. "Surely we are not allowed to cheat?!"

That's very noble of you, but I don't actually expect you to use the sheets to cheat. It's just worth your while to prepare them as if you were going to.

Go through all of your notes from the semester (and those of anyone else in your study group) and put together a sheet of things you would like to take into the exam with you if you were going to cheat.

What things are you so certain will be on the exam that you would take in some ready made notes? What areas are you so weak in that, should you see a question about them on an exam paper, you would go into a cold sweat and wish you had some notes to cheat with?

Do this a couple of days before the exam, then read over them a couple of times everyday up until "D-Day" (and as many times as you think you need to just before the exam). Read them aloud, if you can. Read them to someone else (like your room-mate, mother or dog) - even though it bores them to tears.

You will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that you will be able to bring these sheets into the exam with you. Not physically, of course, but in your head. They will be as fresh in your mind as the TV show you watched last night.

Of course, if you're the kind of person who can't remember what they watched on TV last night, you may need to use them to cheat...But, of course, you won't do that. Will you?

Taken from Information Literacy and Other Research Skills

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