How to Make an Exam Study Guide


Preparing students for their exams by creating a study guide shouldn't give away the answers, but it should help students organize their thoughts and give them direction on what they need to know.

Things You'll Need

  • Lecture notes
  • Text book
  • Read through your lecture notes and highlight the key points from each lecture. Develop the guide around what you wanted students to take away from each lecture. Refer to the course text book for essential facts, definitions and issues that you want your students to consider for the exam.

  • Have an idea of the general structure of the exam. The exam's structure, such as an essay exam, fill in the blank, short answer, multiple choice or problem-solving exam, will help determine how you structure your study guide. If it's an all essay exam the study guide should pose specific questions, ideas and issues that students should think about as they prepare their exam. If the exam is structured around short answer and multiple choice-type questions, the study guide should provide summaries of the chapters, key facts and information that students must know for test day.

  • Provide your students with book chapters and lecture days they should review. Give students specific page numbers they should review for the exam.

  • Help students by creating summaries, concept maps of important points and even flash cards that students can use to study definitions.

  • Keep a copy of the guide on your computer and use that guide as a write the exam.

Tips & Warnings

  • Exam study guides are supposed to help the students when studying for their test. So, make sure the study guide isn't unclear or confusing.

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