10 tips on exam preparation
written by: Sabine Klug, 18.12.2019
written by: Sabine Klug, 18.12.2019
In contrast to the „school system” with its fixed guidelines, rules and strict deadlines, university is a whole other story with a focus on self-organization. You somehow have to adapt to this new kind of studying – and there won’t be a lot of time to do so. Since it has to be quick, be open to new contact points! The Austrian Students Union (ÖH) offers a broad list of services to help you and support you in every matter!
Additionally, you can find other advisory services of your university right on campus, just ask! In short: Inform yourself about the process of the upcoming semester before the new semester starts! This makes planning easier and will help you to be more relaxed through stressful exam times.
Create a study plan that allows you to learn continuously. When planning your schedule, keep in mind that it is not enough to be physically present at lectures – preparation and follow-ups are always necessary! Making a plan, especially when you are new to something should also always include some kind of flexibility. Trial – and – error is totally okay! If your plan doesn’t work out, change it according to your needs and try again! One thing that is really important: properly assess your workload and don’t overtax yourself!
Unfortunately, there is no insider tip to magically increase your motivation. Honestly, all learning tips are pointless if you’ve lost your motivation along the way. To prevent this from happening, you should think carefully about what keeps you going. While some recharge their batteries with going outside and catching some fresh air, others wouldn’t see this as a reward at all. Therefore, it is important that you find out what your individual means of motivation are – maybe thinking about future goals or the motivation that made you start your studies can help with that!
It goes without saying that the right environment plays a big role in your learning success. Some learning locations hide innumerable dangers of distraction – the community kitchen, your local pub or coffee houses are such places. In order to not get distracted, keep these three key factors for effective learning in mind: daylight, fresh air and quiet. Most STUWO student residences offer you exactly those concepts: light-flooded rooms with spacious desks and enough space to take a break.
Keep your study plan up to date and always make sure that all of your study materials are complete and correct. And that doesn’t only apply to your notes, you should always have necessary materials to hand: books, pens, paper for example.
Music can be a great way to focus. What’s important is that it has the right tempo – not too fast and not too slow. Taboo is anything that upsets you or songs with lyrics that will distract you from studying. Chill – out and concentration music are well suited (yes, those actually exist).
Group-work can often be exhausting. Usually the tasks in group-work are distributed unevenly. The classic study group consists of the following people: Person A, who has no idea about anything. Person B, who talks and talks and actually contributes nothing. Person C, who promises to make a valuable contribution. Person D who only really shows up by the last day and last but not least Person E, who plays everyone against everyone.
Therefore, there are only two ways to use a study group to your advantage:
With this in mind, we wish you good luck for your upcoming exams!