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Release your potential and get better exam results
Do you panic at the thought of exams? Do you think you're just not the academic type? No matter how old you are, exams can be stressful—but they don't need to be. This essential guide provides expert tips on how to change your mindset, improve how you learn and revise, control your anxiety, and get good marks—whether you're studying at school, college, or university, or to advance your career.
In Passing Exams For Dummies, you'll get hands-on, expert help to find out what motivates you and how you learn best; make your brain more receptive to incoming information and cope with exam pressure and anxiety; improve your reading style and condense your notes using visual mapping techniques; learn association techniques using memory pegs; use visualization to mentally and physically rehearse passing your exams; and more.
- Fully updated to reflect new research in how the brain thinks, learns, and remembers
- Information on the key role that astrocytes play in learning and the five key principles for rapid learning (attention, sensory input, solid effort, emotion and time sequence) that get these astrocytes engaged more quickly
- Reworking of terminology used in the model of the mind to bring the book fully up to date and simplify the content
If you're preparing for a school, college, university, or career-related exam, Passing Exams For Dummies has you covered.
About the Author
Patrick Sherratt teaches and facilitates training in meta-cognitive knowledge and performance psychology. He holds a Masters degree in education and has written a number of educational resources for students, parents, and teachers.
Table of Contents
Part I: Releasing Your Potential to Pass Exams 7
Chapter 1: Passing Exams: Preparation Is Everything! 9
Chapter 2: Meeting Your Amazing Brain 21
Chapter 3: Discovering How to Learn 43
Chapter 4: Thinking Strategies for High Performance 63
Part II: Relaxing Comes First 85
Chapter 5: Exploring the Power of Relaxation 87
Chapter 6: Finding Ways to Relax 93
Part III: Reviewing and Rewriting Your Notes 105
Chapter 7: Knowing Your Academic Purpose 107
Chapter 8: Reviewing Your Notes 115
Chapter 9: Improving Your Reading Techniques 119
Chapter 10: Preparing Your Study Notes 129
Part IV: Remembering with Pictures and Patterns 143
Chapter 11: Making the Most of Memorizing Skills 145
Chapter 12: Using Mnemonics: Simple Memory Techniques 155
Chapter 13: Fine-Tuning Your Memory: Advanced Visual Techniques 165
Part V: Rehearsing for Recall and Performance 177
Chapter 14: Rehearsing Your Recall 179
Chapter 15: Rehearsing Your Performance 185
Part VI: The Part of Tens 191
Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Exam Day: Before the Event 193
Chapter 17: Ten Tips for the Exam — No Going Back Now! 199
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Maintain Momentum between Exams 207
Part VII: Appendixes 213
Appendix A: Planners 215
Appendix B: Relaxation and Visualization Scripts 219
Appendix C: Learning Style Quiz and Motivational Reminder 223