Monday Master Class: The Study Hacks Guide to ExamsApril 28th, 2008 · 10 comments
Exam Season is Upon Us
As we careen into May, there is one thing likely dominating your college student mind: exams. In recognition of this (terrible) reality I’m dedicating all of this week’s posts to strategies, tips and screeds about kicking ass during finals period. Today, we’ll get things started by dipping into the always exciting Study Hacks archives to highlight some of the most important test taking related posts you may have missed.
The Best of Study Hacks Exam Articles
Use Focused-Question Clusters to Study for Knowledge Based Tests
How should you study for classes that require you to know a large number of facts and concepts? I overlooked these classes in Straight-A (as many of you subsequently brought to my attention.) In this post I rectify this oversight. It was originally written for multiple choice tests, but the advice is relevant for any exam requiring a large amount of memorized information.
Pseudo-Work Doesn’t Equal Work and Studying is a Technical Skill
How are some high-scoring students able to escape the stress of the grind lifestyle? These two early posts, from a series titled “The Straight-A Gospels,” lay out the core philosophical ideas behind the mysterious, yeti-like low-stress ‘A.’ I recommend a quick review before diving too deep into exam period chaos.
On Test-Taking and the Aftermath:
Five Ways to Avoid Panicking on a Hard Test
You know the feeling: you flip open the exam, read the first question, then freeze. This post helps you move past test-taking panic and maximize your score regardless of the situation.
How to Perform a Post-Exam Post-Mortem
When you hand in that blue book — brimming, I’m sure, of brilliant analysis — your job is not quite over. This post explains what to do once the graded exam is handed back; a 10-minute targeted review of what went right and what went wrong, will make your life significantly easier in upcoming semesters.
Ignore Your G.P.A.
This Unconventional Scholar essay tackles the larger question of what significance exam performance should play in your life. It’s core message: ignore your cumulative G.P.A. Instead, view each courses as an individual challenge to come up with the most efficient possible method for learning the material. Sometimes you’ll screw up the actual exam. That’s okay. Believe in your strategies and keep improving; it’ll save you a fortune on ulcer medication.