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Five questions you may ask yourself while preparing for an exam

Updated on December 23, 2011

As a recent graduate, here are some tips:

Hello fellow Hubbers. I hope you are having a great day/night. As a recent graduate of UNC Greensboro, I just wanted to share a few tips on studying.

I know that some students do not put in enough effort into studying for exams and tests. Sometimes it is the class, and sometimes it is the teacher. If you do not enjoy the class, or do not have an inspiring teacher, then the material sometimes can be difficult to grasp. That makes perfect sense. So how do you force yourself to study the material when you are not focused or motivated?

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Have I understood the material?

2. Can I answer my own questions from the material I have studied?

3. If friends question me about the material, can I explain some of it at least to them?

4. Am I motivated enough to study this material?

5. Am I focused enough to study for this material?

If you have answered "no" to most of them, you might want to go back and reread or restudy the material. Yes, it may be a boring subject/course, but it is something that you had to take for a reason. Whatever reason that may be, you want to at least pass the class right?

So, instead of having to retake the class, just study more and study harder. That seems like a lame piece of advice, because it is so obvious, but I know of people who just take it easy in the class and suffer later with poor grades. Make flash cards, more notes, have your friends quiz you, quiz yourself, highlight in color, ask your teacher or classmates for help, etc. Do whatever it takes to help you remember the material to pass the exams and tests.

You can do this! If you need to vent or talk about coursework and finals, you can find me here on HubPages. Don't worry! All will be well!

As always, comments, questions, thoughts and ideas are greatly welcomed! Have a great day and a great weekend! Happy Holidays!


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    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Yes, I am a tutor, and I always encourage my students to ask questions. I tell them that I enjoy questions as it also helps me to think before I respond. This helps my students to also get motivated to learn the material. Thanks for stopping by!

    • alian346 profile image


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hlo, Rani.

      As a teacher of many, many years (now retired) I would always encourage my students to ask and ask and ask if they were unsure of a particular concept - any educator worth his/her salt would do so. A very good way to motivate students is to say from day 1 that 'we're all in this together, so let's get down to it and have some fun.'

      It always worked!


    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Tableb80. I think it is all about motivation too. If you have the drive and motivation to get things done, they will get done. I know that other things take precedence in life too. Don't get discouraged. You can do it!

    • Taleb80 profile image

      Taleb AlDris 

      6 years ago

      For more than five years, I have a dream to get an international certificate in my field & I keep procrastinating, I read some chapters then give up, then start after some months from start.

      Thank you for sharing this nice tips.

      I voted Up & Awesome.


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