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Preparing for (essay-based) exams

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Hi everyone,

So, it’s that time of year again…. Revision season!

Like, many of you guys, last year was my first time doing online exams and it was an eye-opening experience into how I would have to adapt my normal revision methods for different exam styles, so I’ve begun thinking about how to best start revising by looking back on what worked well for me last year and what didn’t work so well.

I’d like to share with you guys what I’ll be doing differently this year as I prepare for my final year exams!

(some of these may be specific to psychology exams or essay-based exams but most of these I think can be applied to all exams)

1) I. Hate. Typing.

Especially for exams and timed conditions. I much prefer writing handwritten notes which has also been psychologically proven to help us retain knowledge better. (As my lecturers keep reminding us!) so I’ve never felt a need to particularly speedy at it. But as my exams are online, I’m trying to incorporate typing into my schedule whether it’s making online mind maps or cheat sheets*

*cheat sheets* are a great way of organising the key themes of each topics so you remember the most important points.

So this year I would recommend practising your typing for those of us that have those dreaded 2-hour exams so we’re not a wasting a second making typing errors!

2) Keep your references ready – whether it’s the references that your lecturers mentioned or ones you’ve found in extra reading, have them ready and formatted beforehand so during your exam you can simply copy and paste them in next to the relevant information.

Normally I sort my references by topic/lecture with a few brief sentences detailing what the article is about.

3) Practice questions (and essay plans)

A major advantage of having open book online exams is that there is less content to memorise so more revision time can be focused on practise questions and for those of us that have them – essay plans!

My plan this year, after I have completed my mind maps and notes, is to create practice essay questions and then write brief plans for those questions.

(you can also use past papers if they are available to you)

A good place to start with your plans is to use the summaries of your lectures to create questions as they’re often a hint to the big themes of the module and what you’re more likely to be asked questions on.

These are the main three tips I’m going to use alongside with my regular revising methods (flashcards, colour coding etc) to prepare for my online exams.

Let me know if you found these tips helpful or if you have any tips of your own to share!

Simi x

IndiaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Ask me any questions you have about psychology, being an…
Find out more about me Contact Simran

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