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Academic Skills-Exam Preparation from ANU

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Handy online tips: Preparing for Exams

So, it’s a week before your exam, and you‘ve decided that you need to do some study! Well, ideally, this decision should have been made some time ago, but regardless of where you are at in the study cycle, here are some useful tips and websites to help you out. So hop to it – get some study done on how to study!

“Knowing how to study is like knowing how to fish. It’s a set of learning skills that lasts a lifetime and brings many rewards.”¹ Use these resources to develop good study habits, recognise your strengths and weaknesses, and be prepared for essays, tests and exams.

ANU Resources:

Skilling Up for Exams
Workshops are conducted jointly by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre and ANU Counselling Centre. Email counselling.centre@anu.edu.au

Relaxation Group
If you want to feel more relaxed over the build up to the exam period, come along to the Relaxation Group sessions at the Counselling Centre. Email counselling.centre@anu.edu.au
Past ANU exam papers are available in the Library

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre provides assistance in many aspects of campus life and study, including:

Preparing for exams

Being streetwise for exams

Multiple choice exams

Download the ANU Counselling Service quick tips pamphlet: overcoming exam anxiety

External Resources:
Study techniques:

The University Learning Centre at the University of Arizona provides online tutorials in time management, note taking, exam preparation and more.

Exam guidelines are available from iamnext.com

Take a study skills audit with the University of Minnesota Duluth, and then hone the skills that need some work.

Marquette University‘s Educational Opportunity Program offers some study tips & test-taking strategies

The University of Waterloo offers a Study Skills Package helping you with skills such as listening, reading, distractions, and time management (click on the links on the side bar).

Canada‘s University of Victoria has a Learning Skills Program with advice on exam techniques, motivation, critical thinking and public speaking.


Dealing with Anxiety before, during and after exams:

Strategies for dealing with test anxiety from Potsdam, the State University of New York.

The International Stress Management Association‘s top ten stress busters.

Take on board some skills for managing your test anxieties, from iamnext.com

York University‘s Counselling and Development Centre provides online guidance for preparing tests and exams

Exam and Test Taking Skills:

Tips for writing short answer essay questions from Michigan State University.

Strategies for exam questions that you cannot answer immediately can be found at the Virginia Tech Cook Counselling Centre.

The University of Minnesota Duluth suggests some test taking strategies, including before, during and after tips.

Marquette University‘s Educational Opportunity Program offers some advice on taking a short answer test, and more study tips & test-taking strategies.

As part of the University of Waterloo Study Skills you can gain some useful information on preparing for exams and different techniques to try once you are in the examination room.

Deakin University‘s Study Support unit offer some advice on exam preparation and download the guide to exam success.

York University‘s Counselling and Development Centre provides online guidance for preparing for tests and exams, including essay type and multiple-choice exams.

Brockport High School in the USA has some useful information about studying for and taking exams.

The University of North Dakota offers advice on some of the most common exam errors.

1. http://www.d.umn.edu/student/loon/acad/strat/ accessed 3/06/2008

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