6 Strategies For Success in Your MBA Exams
Exams are part and parcel of MBA studies, but if it has been a while since you sat an exam, it will be no surprise if they are a cause of stress. However, they do not have to be. As AIB’s unique monthly learning model allows MBA students to study just one subject at a time, only one exam per study period is to be prepared for. Here are six strategies to help you succeed in your next exam and each one thereafter.
1. Do your coursework throughout the study period
It perhaps goes without saying, but being diligent with your coursework throughout the study period will make your journey into the exam a much better experience. It is crucial to have a deep understanding of the key concepts going into the exam, and most importantly as an AIB student, how to practically apply them. It’s much easier to do that if you have fully engaged with the course content along the way, rather than cramming in the days prior to the exam. So try your best to keep up with weekly coursework and activities to give yourself the best chance of success in exam.
2. Tag your textbook and readings
Tagging your textbooks and readings throughout the study period can save valuable time pre-exam to find important key learning outcomes quickly and easily. Using a highlighter when working your way through your course readings is also an effective way of recording key information so that you don’t need to go back and re-read all of the course content come exam time. As you can take your textbooks into AIB MBA exams, these strategies will also help you on exam day, just remember not to write in the text book itself.
3. Create a revision timetable and include regular breaks
Create a revision timetable that works for you, planning around 4-5 weeks out from your exam. Examine the key course outcomes and divide your exam study accordingly. Read through all of your tagged and highlighted notes and consider physically writing out all of the key points, as this can increase information retention and memory.
The more focused you can be in your exam revision, the more effective you will be in your exam, so it’s best to avoid distractions such as excessive noise, phones, and other interruptions. In addition, schedule regular breaks in your study regime to ensure you keep alert and productive.
4. Prepare for long writing periods
For those who have not studied in several years, preparing for 3 hour hand-written exams can be a daunting task. AIB graduates recommend preparing for these extended writing periods by getting into the habit of note taking by hand while studying, rather than typing up notes.
5. Test yourself
Try to anticipate the exam questions. Work through your study guide, textbook and practice exams if provided to formulate a list of questions covering the key course outcomes. Draft answers to each of these questions, re-read them. Asking a family member or friend to ask you the questions you drafted can be an effective way to check your memory, but it’s also possible to run through the questions solo and recite and check your answers yourself. Take note of questions you’re having trouble with and make time for extra revision in these areas.
6. Keep healthy and get some sleep
Exams can cause stress, and one of the best stress relievers out there is exercise. Factor some exercise into your exam study schedule and maintain a healthy and nutritious diet to ensure you’re at the top of your game. Study, work and a busy life can also mean that your sleep patterns are disrupted. Aim for a solid 7 hours sleep a night during your exam week, as a well rested mind will ensure your memory is in tip top shape.
What do you think?
What study tips do you live by to make sure you blitz your exams each semester? Comment to share your hints.
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This article was written by Ellenor Day-Lutz on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.