Break It Down

Exams

  • Outline each chapter and do the readings while taking notes.
  • Continue to review your notes and practice assignments.
  • Make flashcards for terms, dates, people etc. ongoing.
  • Meet weekly with a study group to discuss the lectures/readings.
  • Begin to review chapter summaries and your chapter outlines/notes.
  • Ask professor about the format of test and depth of knowledge expected.
  • Carry your flashcards with you at all times and look them over.
  • Create questions for each chapter and from lecture notes.
  • Meet with study group and test each other.
  • Get old tests and do trial testing.
  • Do visualizations of test area and stay relaxed.
  • Study from the general (concepts and theories) to the specific (details).
  • Write outlines for predicted essay questions or practice problem sets.
  • Continue to review lecture and reading notes and flashcards.
  • Meet with study group one last time to go over important points.
  • Get a good nights sleep, eat a good breakfast.
  • Practice deep breathing walking to exam.

Writing a Research Paper

  • Brainstorm topics - pick a topic.
  • Brainstorm ideas around the topic.
  • Do a little preliminary research on topic.
  • Create a working outline/go to writing center or peer and talk about it.
  • See professor about topic, outline, and suggested resources.
  • Research topic- try to fill in outline with information.
  • Make note cards with information pertaining to outline as you read.
  • Organize note cards and fill in outline.
  • See professor with outline/ talk to peers in class/go to writing center.
  • Prewriting- just begin to write your feelings about writing the paper then.
  • Begin to write an idea or two.
  • If you're not stuck begin with your thesis introduction.
  • You may even begin to write your conclusion.
  • Break the Body of the paper into parts.
  • Write the parts- be sure to include transition sentences.
  • Read the paper to yourself and to a friend.
  • Have a friend proofread the paper for content and flow redo