A Badger’s Guide to Preparing for Exams

Although university exams can be daunting, it’s important to remember that they are not all that different from high school exams you’ve already experienced. Aside from the more advanced courses, the main difference is that the format of the exam schedule in university can be a lot more complex than high school. It’s possible (and likely) that you’ll have multiple exams in one day or even have exams late at night.

With that mind, here are some tips for studying on your upcoming exams.

1. Do not cram the night before
This may seem like a no-brainer, but this is especially important in university as the volume of information you need to remember is significantly more than in high school. Here, the amount that you cover in a day is equivalent to what you cover in a week in high school, so DON’T CRAM!

2. Make a study plan and stick to it
Take into consideration your courses that have exams. How study-intensive are they? How difficult are they? How many weeks will you need to allocate to study for them? Considering these questions should put you on the right track. If you need help making a plan, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors or academic advisors. There are plenty of people ready to help you!

3. Make use of study groups or study partners!
In my experience, the key to studying and recalling information on exam day is to make it fun! My most vivid memory from midterms is killing myself laughing with my friends as we studied for our exams. Not only did we do well but we had fun along the way. The important thing to remember here is that you want to choose people who actually want to study! If you study with people who aren’t motivated to study, they will bring you down with them. While studying with friends, make sure to go over key topics and ensure you both understand them. A great way to do this is by testing each other!

4. Make use of your resources.
Some professors make old exams available, so make sure and check if this is the case for your class. There are also several resources that come with many of your textbooks and they are great tools for studying. You can also make your own resources by making lists of potential exam questions and testing yourself or your study partners.

Lastly, remember not to get too stressed out. It’s equally important to ensure you’re still sleeping and eating well. Health always comes first!

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