Time flies when you’re doing math…
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, mostly because life got a little crazy, but also because, as a math teacher, writing doesn’t come naturally to me. But with exams on the horizon for secondary students, I thought I’d chime in and give some study advice (although I’m thinking specifically about math, I’m sure these tips are applicable to all subjects).
So without further ado, here are my top nine exam study tips for students (but parents can read this too, and you’re welcome to pass it on to your son/daughter as your advice. I encourage it!)
1. Do the assigned review.
Teachers won’t assign exam review if they don’t think it will be useful. Think about it. The person who has written the exam has just gone through either the textbook or put together a collection of questions he/she feels will help you. They probably have some insight into what to expect on the exam! It’s a no-brainer!
These are gold. These are assessment tools that your teacher has put together to check your learning on individual curriculum requirements. That means these questions are very likely the questions the teacher feels BEST check for understanding of the course. Cover up the answers and try the questions again. My bet is that you see some variations of these questions on your final. If they are such good indicators of student achievement during the year, why wouldn’t they still be at the final?
3. Start from the start.
It doesn’t make sense to start your exam review on the unit that you just finished. This should be fresh in your mind. Instead, go back to that first unit and review from the beginning of the year and make your way through the year chronologically. You’ll find that the material will begin to come back to you, and you’ll start to put more things together. Continue reading “Nine tips for (math) exam success”