Preparing for, and undertaking exams can be a stressful time. Organise your time and resources as early as possible.
- Check your course profile for the type of exam you will undertake—online, on-campus, short answer, essay, or multiple-choice exam.
- For on-campus exams, double check the details 24 hours before, as venues can change.
- Read these tips when taking open book exams.
- Ensure you understand your responsibility to maintain academic integrity.
- Setup for your online Learning@Griffith test.
- Be prepared for online proctored exams.
- Check how you are doing in your course, then set realistic study and exam goals.
- Set up your study schedule for the time leading up to, and including exam weeks.
- Use Griffith’s weekly study planner or find a daily or weekly planner online.
- Be sure to schedule time for social and physical activities. You will be more productive if you maintain a healthy balance of exercise, eating and sleeping.
Study for your exam
- Review your lecture and tutorial notes.
- Listen to any missed lecture recordings.
- Identify key concepts and vocabulary, when revising notes.
- Avoid simply rewriting notes, rather synthesise and consolidate.
- Study in smaller time chunks. You will recall and retain more information than if you cram, or study in extended time blocks.
- Organise your study into 20-30 minutes segments, particularly for dense and challenging material.
- Study at your optimal time and a location conducive to being productive.
- Approach the content in different ways, employing different senses.
- Use visual aids such as mind maps and flashcards.
- Try auditory approaches like podcasts or teaching someone else.
- Connect abstract concepts with something concrete—give it a real world context and application.
- Remove things that distract you, such as social media.
- Find a study partner or group to effectively activate your learning.
- Get support, content clarification and a different perspective from a study buddy.
- Read tips for working in groups.
- Work through past exams, if available. They may provide a guide for the type and style of questions you could be asked.
- Try to complete past exams with the same time constraints.
- Mark the exam to indicate where more study is required.
- Write up your own questions, if past exams are not available.
On exam day
Get organised. Gather what you need for exam day the night before.
Double-check what technology—for online exams—is needed. Pack your bag for on-campus exams, know where to go and where you can park. Be aware that very few items are allowed in the exam room.
- On exam day, stop studying.
- Trying to cram creates more tension and stress, which will not help you remember or perform better.
- Put the books and notes away and focus on stress-reducing activities such as deep breathing, mindfulness and exercise.
- Throughout the exam process look after your physical and mental well-being.
- This is especially the case the night before each exam. Eat well and get a good night’s sleep.
- Start your day with an energising breakfast, something you would normally eat.
Use your time wisely
- Plan your time and how much you will spend on each part of the exam.
- Make sure you have enough time to review your answers.
- Spend more time on those sections that are worth, or weighted more (for example, a section worth 40% should have 40% of your time).
- When reviewing your answers, check your punctuation, grammar and fluency of response.
Read questions carefully
- Avoid skimming over the question.
- Take your time to read the question to avoid misunderstanding, misreading or missing a vital part of the question.
- Make sure you know exactly what you are being asked.
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