How to Succeed in Exams
& Assessments

Smarter Study Guides

By Kathleen McMillan, Jonathan Weyers
September 2007
Prentice Hall / Financial Times
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publication
ISBN: 9780273713593
208 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 1/2"
$26.50 paper original

How to pass exams & assessment provides everything a student is likely to need to prepare for and perform well in all types of university assessment and examination.

1. Making the most of your revision time – Using the knowledge and understanding that you gain to best effect (NEW)
What markers are looking for
2. Assessment at university - How tests and examinations work
Physical & mental preparation
3. Preparing for examinations & assessments– How to get yourself in the best mental and physical shape to succeed in your exams (NEW)
Study styles
4. Your learning personality - How to identify and capitalize on your preferred learning style
5. Studying independently - How to organize yourself and develop good study habits
Time management
6. Time management - How to balance study, family, work and leisure
Revision strategies
7. Creating a revision timetable - How to get yourself organized for exam study
8. Revision tips- How to use your time effectively through active learning
9. Focusing - Making full use of learning objectives, past papers & other assessment information
10. Study buddies - How to work with colleagues to improve the revision experience  
Memory tips & techniques
11. Improve your memory- Practical techniques to help you retain information (NEW)
Stress Management
12. Dealing with stress – How to cope with the pressures of university life
13. Combating exam nerves - How to reduce anxiety and perform well under pressure
As the exam approaches
14. Improving your exam performance - How to avoid common pitfalls
On the day of the exam
15. Exam strategies - How to ensure you have the appropriate tactics
Other types of exam & assessment
16. Multiple-choice and short-answer questions - How to tackle short answer formats
17. Numerical questions - How to approach quantitative problems
18. Essay-style assessments - How to maximise your marks
19. Tutorial Assessment – How to make your contribution count
20. Assessments of practical and laboratory work – How to improve your marks
Using feedback
20. Exploiting feedback - Understand and learn from what lecturers write on your work and exams 


This book provides tried and tested and advice on getting the most from exams. It guides students through careful preparation and asks them to consider:

How to perform well in MCQ, numerical and essay questions, and in tutorial & lab assessments

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