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Exam Prep - Are You Ready?

Exam Prep - Are You Ready? is a half hour, pre-exam planning and preparation session run by Academic Success Coach, Mary McCarthy.  This session will look at:

Getting Organised  To-do lists, Resources, Time, What to focus on, Being realistic, 5 Day Plan.

Intensive Study Techniques  Active Learning, Note-taking, SQRRR.

Self-Care  Managing intensive workloads, deadlines and well-being, self -talk, music, exercise.

Exam Prep - Are You Ready?  Sessions are free and open to all CIT students. Session Times: 

  • Tuesday 21st November, IT2, 5pm 
  • Thursday 23rd November, IT1, 5pm
  • Tuesday 28th November, IT2, 5pm
  • Thursday 30th November, IT1, 5pm

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Resources from this session:

Exam Prep - Are You Ready? Workshop

Five Day Study Plan Worksheet

Preparing For exams

Exams come around very fast in CIT. Start your preparation for exams, well in advance. Don’t be tempted to think that only last minute cramming will work.

What works?

Repeated learning, practice and understanding, undertaken in small, steady amounts over time is what works best. Your learning and grasp of subjects has a deep and solid foundation. 

Use Memorising Tools in the run up to exams such as Mnemonics Techniques  which help in recalling larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc.

Practising past exam papers

Studying past papers are a valuable part of exam preparation.

Past exam papers are one of the most helpful tools available to prepare for  examinations. They show students the format of the paper, the time allocated for the exam and what key themes or subject areas that should be covered.

All students should view examples of past paperbs before starting revision for a module.

You'll find past papers to your module here.

Useful apps for students:

Here are our 5 of the best apps for students which will help you cut through the clutter and  focus on your studies.

This list includes Android and Apple iOS apps and most importantly almost all are free!

App #1: SelfControl

Imagine you are studying, you sit at your desk and start to create a mind map to organize your ideas. When you’ve just created your first node on your Mind Map, you get a notification on Facebook. To avoid distractions like this, SelfControl allows you to block certain websites for a set amount of time. This enables you to concentrate fully on your studies and avoid sporadically checking social networks or your email.

App #2 Brainscape

Brainscape enables users to create their own flashcards on the website or mobile app, or choose from thousands of existing flashcards written by publishers, teachers, and students. Research out of Columbia University suggests that people who study using Brainscape tools, rather than books and old-school flashcards, retain information twice as well.

App #3 TED

The people we surround ourselves with have a great influence on how we think and behave. So why not surround yourself with some of the world’s most fascinating people to motivate you in your? Educators, radical technology geniuses, medical mavericks, business experts and legends of music, TED has it all.

App #4: ExamTime

ExamTime allows you to create online Mind Maps, Flashcards, Online Notes and Quizzes. All of these online study tools are designed to help you improve your learning and prepare for exams. Never before has it been easier to create your online study resources and share them with your classmates. Plus all your notes are stored in one place.

App #5: Sworkit

Classes and study occupy most of a student’s day so it may be the case that you’re neglecting exercise. Sworkit allows you to create training plans in 5 minutes. So now you have no excuse for your lack of exercise, five minutes is all you need!


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