Exam Prep

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The Library offers many resources to help you prepare for and write many different types of exams:

Individual Assistance

  • Book an appointment
    For advice and information on effective preparation and writing strategies for all types of exams. Appointments are free and confidential and are available throughout the exam period

Online Tools & Videos

  • Mark Calculator
    A tool to help you determine your current mark in each course and calculate your semester average to help plan and prioritize your studying
  • Midterm Marks Got You Down? 7 Steps to Get Back on Track
    This short video has suggestions for dealing with disappointing midterm results
  • Dive Deeper: Deep Reflection 101
    Learn how and when to reflect to help you learn from your experiences at school, on an assignment, working with others or from a challenging experience
  • Make the Most Out of Office Hours
    Learn why and how to make use of your instructor’s office hours
  • A Guide to University Learning
    Designed for incoming undergraduate students, this online mini-course gives you a preview of what it's like to take lecture notes, process academic texts, and write a multiple choice exam. It includes tips and strategies from senior UG students

Information on Preparing For and  Writing Exams

  • Exam Preparation
    Helpful study strategies and an overview of important steps such as time planning and preparing to study
  • Multiple Choice Exams
    Strategies for preparing for and writing multiple choice exams, with advice for common problems encountered in this exam format
  • Preparing for Essay Exams
    Strategies for how to study for essay exams and write practice questions
  • Writing Essay Exams
    Strategies for writing essay exams, including planning and understanding essay questions
  • Short-Answer Exams
    Strategies for studying and writing short-answer exams
  • Problem-Solving Exams
    Strategies for organizing information, approaching problems, doing practice problems, solving difficult problems, writing the exam, and analysing your exam performance
  • Lab Exams
    Strategies to assist you when studying for lab exams
  • Bell-Ringer Exams
    Learn more about how to succeed at bell-ringer exams
  • Analyzing Exam Errors
    How to recognize the types of errors you made and develop strategies for reducing them in the future

The Library has many handouts available, on a variety of topics, near the Learning Commons Waiting Area on the first floor of the Library.

For more help with exam preparation, check out our upcoming workshops, or book an appointment.