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The Day Before the Exam.

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by VantageIsle, Aug 18, 2008.

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  1. VantageIsle

    VantageIsle Kilobyte Poster

    What do you do?

    How do play it?

    I don't think I'll ever get used to exams, I enjoy the learning part but the few days before the exam...phef!! I guess I should get used to it, I have a few planned for the upcoming month/years.

    It feels like I never picked up the book, surrounded by flashcards, barley readable notes in multiple colored pen on tatty notebooks and that damn monster textbook.

    I just started to run through the practice tests yesterday but I'm sure my brain has remembered the right answer and therefore isn't working properly. same with the flashcards

    Glad I took the day off though :D

    Just wondering you guys do on the days leading up to an exam?
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  2. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

    I just do the same as any other day really, depending on the day.

    Usually have a study session for similar amount of time than any other day, but usually a week before an exam I do any practice tests i have and see where im weak, and focus on that from then on.

    Otherwise i try and have an early night, and avoid the pub at all costs
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  3. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    Mine is probably not the best advice, but each to their own I suppose.

    I usually do normal revision (say an hour a night on different subjects) on the weeks coming up to the exam date... then a couple of days before I cram... I cram like hell.

    Maybe its just the way my brain works but information seems to stick far better like this than super heavy revision all the time.

    My two cents. :)
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    I usually just relax. Sometimes I'll review the night before, other times I don't. It really depends on how I feel about the coming exam. I know that cramming the day before never works well for me as I don't really improve my knowledge much.
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  5. Methodman85

    Methodman85 Byte Poster

    Practice tests... to get me in the right frame of mind, the Microsoft way of thinking, I find it helps me narrow the field. Transcender helps a lot with the explanations, teaches me specific rules I might of overlooked during reading. Or just reminds me of them.

    I usually spend about 8 hours reviewing on the sunday before my Monday exam.
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  6. VantageIsle

    VantageIsle Kilobyte Poster

    cheers for the info guys.

    I think I'm in the last min cram group. I read the book, makes notes and flashcards and review the flashcards a few days before the exam.

    I also resist the temptation to run through the practice exams until the days just before the exam otherwise I remember the answers when reviewing them and don't think next time I see the question.

    Its hard to shake of pre exam nerves though :blink
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