Exam Preparation Planning, study techniques, types of exams & memorisation

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What are the 6 stages of effective study for exams?

Why is each stage important?

  1. 'Know what to expect.'
  2. 'Know the type of exam.'
  3. 'Know the type of question.'
  4. 'Do what is most important.'
  5. 'Practice questions and exams.'
  6. 'Overlearn.'

Planning (1 - 3)

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now - Alan Lakein

The truth is...

Studying for Exams begins in week 1

  • Learning happens over time
  • Revisit and revise notes frequently.
  • Compile notes as you go along (as discussed in note-making workshop)
  • How are your time management skills?
  • Study plan


  • What is the content?
  • How can you divide content?
  • How much time do you have?

Where can you find the description of the exam?

What are the most important elements to consider?


  • Timetabling
  • Value of exam questions
  • Type of exam questions (exam structure)

Exam Questions

  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer
  • Essay
  • Problem Solving

How should you prepare for these differently?

Multiple Choice

You have the answer!

  1. Knowledge
  2. Applying Facts to Concepts
  3. Problem Solving

Short Answer and Essay

The best preparation is practice

Focus on conceptual understanding | Build links between facts and concepts | Write essays and answer practice questions |

Memorisation Techniques

Make meaning, use summaries, analogies, visuals, colour and humour. Build connections between topics in your subject area.

What is the meaning of:

  1. FBI
  2. DNA
  3. ATM
  4. LASER
  5. SCUBA

How did you learn your ABC's?

Perhaps you learned them through rhyming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star....

Created By
David William Andersen


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