In multiple-choice exams, it’s useful to read each question carefully, predict the right answer, read all the options before you pick one, eliminate obviously wrong options, and skip questions you can’t answer and come back to them later.
In multiple-choice exams, you have to recall lots of information quickly, because you can only spend a short period of time on each question. When revising, focus on factual information, like definitions and multi-step processes.
In an open-book exam, the books are just memory aids so you don’t have to remember pages of information. Trust what you know from your revision; only look up key information such as quotes and formulas; if you’re allowed, place flags in key sections to save time.
In open-book exams, students are allowed to bring notes, texts, and/or other resources into the exam room. They test whether you understand the bigger picture of the topic, and how the concepts work together.
It’s good to predict and prepare some sample answers before an exam, but remember to answer the question that’s on the page, not the one in your head. You’ll only get marks for information that the question requires.
If you have less than six weeks until the exams, be realistic about what you can revise. Ask for guidance from your teachers who should be able to identify core material. If you think you will become more anxious, learn relaxation techniques now.