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James Dyer
Professor of Geography


Perhaps the first question to ask yourself is, "if I were given an open notes exam, would I be able to answer all of the questions correctly?" No studying strategy will be effective if you do not have all the material from which to study. There is no substitute for attending class and taking good notes.

But let's assume you have been attending class and have all the class notes -- what can you do to prepare for the upcoming exam? Here are some suggestions that you may find useful.

These are just a few suggestions that you might find useful, but remember there are probably as many learning styles and studying strategies as there are students in the class. For additional ideas, you might want to check in with the Academic Advancement Center on the first floor of Alden Library (593-2644). The Center can help in developing skills and attitudes for successful work, and upon request provides free instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, and even word processing. And if you feel overwhelmed with other issues, either related to your University work or otherwise, be aware that Counseling and Psychological Services might be able to offer assistance. They are located on the third floor of Hudson Health Center (593-1616).

Obviously, how well you do on an exam will be reflected in the amount of time you put into the course. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you get "more bang for your study-time buck." Finally, remember to get a good night's sleep before the exam, and eat your Wheaties.

Good luck!

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