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Exam Strategies? SASS has your back.


Welcome to exam season!


Student Academic Success Services has got you covered! Make an exam study schedule, or make a professional appointment with a learning strategist to hone your skills!

“Study smarter, not harder” is the cliche — but it’s true! Our “Preparing for and taking tests and exams” resources are thorough and will help you create a customized study schedule and teach you strategies for effectively preparing, no matter what type of test you face.

Have you made our famous exam study schedule yet? Download our December exam study schedule with instructions! http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/decemberapril-exam-study-schedule/

Learn just about everything we’ve got on effective, efficient exam prep right here: http://sass.queensu.ca/exam-prep/

Looking for something short and sweet? Read our quick tips about exam prep.



Preparing for Tests and Exams

Sometimes cramming is unavoidable. Here’s how to do it right (but try to avoid it in the future!) http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/But-What-if-I-Have-to-Cram.pdf

Not sure where to start with exam prep? Try the 5-Day Study Plan http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/The-5-Day-Study-Plan-and-Instructions.pdf

Study smarter, not harder! Get organized with our Rules for Organizing your study Schedule http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/Rules-for-Organizing-Your-Study-Schedule.pdf

Unsure of how your marks are adding up? Fill in the Grade Calculator and find out exactly where you stand in each course heading into exams.

1000 decisions to make in just three hours? We can help! Use these effective strategies for  Studying for and Writing Multiple-Choice Exams

Learn how to prepare for tests that include short answer and essay questions, and find out what your instructions are looking for when marking this type of exam. Studying for and Writing Essay Exams (also see Instruction Words for Essay and Short Answer Exams)

Queen’s students in math, physics, chemistry, accounting, economics, and basic stats courses, learn three practical strategies to move away from an endless “plug and chug” approach to solving quantitative problems with Studying for and Writing Math and Science Exams


Taking the Test or Exam

Staying calm under pressure is important during exams. Learn more about coping with test anxiety http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/Overcoming-Test-Anxiety.pdf

 Be prepared – make a plan for your exam! How to effectively time sections in your exam http://sass.queensu.ca/learningstrategies/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/Effectively-Timing-Your-Exam.pdf

Math & Science exams stress you out? Overcome that anxiety with our handy Overcoming Math and Science Test Anxiety handout.


Good luck!




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