Test Advice from Meghan

Dec 8, 2020 | Hamilton Mountain

We asked our instructors what advice they have for studying and test taking so we could share their wisdom with you. Here is Meghan's advice!


  • Re-do old quizzes and homework to practice sample problems.
  • Set small, achievable goals you can accomplish then reward yourself (ex. I will finish studying Chapter 1, then take a 10 minute break”).
  • Take care of yourself. Your mental health and wellbeing are very important. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep, practice self-care.
  • Do a “practice run”. Compile a list of questions and answer them as if you were writing the test. Check your answers to see how you’re doing and identify what concepts you may need to practice more.
  • Practice metacognition. Self-assess and reflect on your understanding.
    • What are some mistakes you’re making that you need to watch out for?
    • What are some concepts you struggle with more than others?


Test Taking:

  • Before the test, give yourself a pep-talk. YOU CAN DO IT! Confidence is key.
  • Arrive prepared. Have all your materials on-hand and ready to go.
  • If you don’t know how to do a question, just move onto the next question and circle back to it. Your brain will continue to think about it in the back of your mind and you may be able to figure it out later.
  • Leave no blanks! Always write something down even if it’s just a formula. Part marks count.
  • Double check your answers. At the end of the test, take a few minutes to look it over before handing it in. This will give you an opportunity to make sure all questions have been answered and eliminate small mistakes.