Exam Preparation

Advice For All Students

For ALL students:

  • Develop a study schedule – use a calendar to make it visual. Allow time for sleeping, eating, exercising and having fun.
  • Know the material “backwards and forwards.” An exam question might ask about an anatomical part or structure, function or dysfunction. You should be able to identify the part from the description of its function or dysfunction. For example, a question might provide background on an accident that occurred to a patient and then ask you to identify a nerve that was injured based on a description of what the patient unable to do.  
  • Continue to quiz yourself about course material in different ways. Seek practice questions from different sources or write your own questions in diverse ways.
  • Draw or trace diagrams for anatomical structures. Drawing and writing help build your memory. Use a color coded system to distinguish between artery paths, nerve paths, etc. Use the same color coded system in all of your classes.
  • Consider using drive or exercise time to listen to pod casts of lectures.
  • Make a list of the concepts you struggle with. Use this list as a guide for what to study.
  • Look at the big picture and see how the parts fit into it.
  • Use mnemonics to help you remember information.
  • If you struggle with a concept, read about it in a different textbook. Sometimes an alternative explanation will help you understand.
  • Pre-read before every class to become familiar with the concepts and vocabulary.
  • Review your notes for every class within 24 hours. You are more likely to remember the information in the first 24 hours. 
Working With Study Groups
Students with Non-Science Backgrounds
Students with Family Responsibilities
Students Who Have Been Out of School More Than Two Years

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