The whole world can turn on a single instant. The avalanche can be started by a single pebble. And if you don’t breathe in an out you’re going to find it extremely difficult to finish exam questions.
Exam Fu is like martial arts movies: the hero trains to solve increasingly difficult problems and improve their life. On the downside students don’t get to skip months of work with a musical montage.
Even if your prof doesn’t opt to give out past exams, these pointers are still helpful when approaching any set of sample problems you are studying with.
Exams are the Wizard of Oz: a big nemesis feared and obeyed by all, but it turns out its set by a little old man with grey hair desperately working to scare everyone. Exams aren’t important. Being able to do things is important.
You’ve worked hard all semester; you’ve struggled through lectures, assignments, tests and quizzes, and you’ve studied hard for these exams. Now is the time to show off what you know.
Prepare for exams by doing exams. It’s the most obvious advice in the world. And ignored by almost every student in the world.
You plan to be smart about how you answer questions on the final exams, so be smart about how you study too. Don’t just throw yourself into the fray of old lecture notes and problem sets.
The nightmare is opening the exam and finding question after question on a topic that you forgot to study, or realizing that the focus of the exam is on the lectures that you missed.
To study well, you need to plan your studies strategically. The good news is that it doesn’t take much time or effort. Here are some tips to help.
This is one of my favorite pieces of study advice, and not just because it’s the one where I can kick my feet up on the couch and sprawl out like I’m impersonating a sloth uploaded into a human body.