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Good advice for your exam preparation

Why prepare?

  • It is important to be well-prepared for an exam, as it will not only enhance your chances of performing well, but it will also help to handle possible exam nervousness.
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Begin your exam preparations from the beginning of the semester. 

  • The earlier you begin, the better you will be able to create an overview of the exam curriculum.

Make clear what you are expected to be able to do. 

  • Exams are rarely just about being able to report the course literature, but also about what you are able to do with it. The Intended Learning outcomes can be a useful way to understand what you are expected to be able to do at an exam. Read more here.

Read the literature with the intention to understand it. 

  • Do not just read the course curriculum to memorize it. Work with it to understand it and compare it to what you already know.

Know your weak points – don’t ignore them. 

  • Make sure also to study on the parts that are a bit blurry to you.

Use the exam preparation as an opportunity to learn. 

  • You can stage yourself as either the victim of an exam, or as the driving force for new knowledge. Choose the latter!

Know when you peak! 

  • Plan your exam preparation to make sure you are mentally ready for the exam and know under which circumstances you perform best.

Accept your nervousness! 

  • Being nervous can actually help you perform better, and it is completely normal to get nervous at an exam.

Train your communication skills. 

  • Work with your voice, gesticulations, pace and how you present yourself.

Your lecturer and external examiner are there to help. 

  • Your lecturer and external examiner ask questions to help you fulfill the course goals. Enter the discussion with a positive attitude and do not be afraid to ask them to elaborate or rephrase their questions if you need it.