Getting Ready for Exams
The fall semester is drawing to a close and everyone is getting ready for exams, which officially start on December 5th.
However you feel about getting ready to write your exams, here are a couple bits of advice to get you started:
Know your stuff.
Obvious, but necessary. If there's anything in the course work or instructions that you're unsure about, the best thing to do is ask: peers, T.A.s, professors - you can even flag down invigilators during your exam. Losing marks on technicalities and misinformation is frustrating, and it happens all too often. Make sure you know what you need to do, because very few people will give you the answers you need without being prompted to do so.
One of the things that helps the most is giving yourself a clear idea of what you need to do. That way, you can figure out how you might be able to get them done and how long it'll take you. Try making lists for each course, breaking down each chapter and including important course concepts. They don't have to be exhaustive - all they need to do is provide you with a general sense of direction. For final exams, there's an awful lot of material to sift through, and it can become a little less daunting if you can break it down and take it one step at a time.
Don't forget about the resources available to you.
Ryerson has a variety of resources that you can take advantage of. If you have the chance, well, take advantage of them! After all, they're here for you, and you want to be as prepared as possible.
Something you can take a look at is the Learning Success Centre website - they have all sorts of resources that can help you get going and stay focused, not only for exams, but also throughout the academic year. If you're not sure where to start, check out the great tip sheets on test preparation and time management.