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How to Prepare for a Big Exam

Last updated February 8, 2024

Preparing for a big exam? While test-taking can be a source of anxiety for some students, you will be on track to succeed with some time and preparation. Here are some tips to prepare for a big exam. 

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Determine what you know and what you don’t know

Efficiency is key when preparing for an exam. Try to prioritize studying topics or concepts that you don't feel confident about. After you've spent a good portion of your time covering these areas and feel confident enough to move on, spend some time reviewing the material you already know. 

Make a study guide

Creating a study guide to organize what you've learned in class is key in helping you prepare for a big exam. Learn more about effective ways to format your study guide here!

Set your schedule and find a good place to study

Start studying at least 2-3 weeks in advance of a big exam. Try to dedicate 30 minutes to an hour, at least 3 times per week, to studying. You may also want to create an ideal study space, so whether you prefer to study in a cafe or at home, make sure you take the necessary steps that allow you to study distraction-free.

Studying for a big exam can be intimidating, but with the right preparation, you can be on your way towards success! Any questions? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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