I recently wrote an exam for my Salesforce.com Certified Service Cloud Consultant exam and as I was prepping for it, using the tricks I’ve learned after taking more then my fair share of exams and tests I thought I would share some of them with you. The focus of what I wanted to write about today is really about how to study for and pass any exam that you might be facing whether its a math exam or a certification exam like PMP. All exams require a similar mindset to pass them and I hope that you will find some of these tips useful regardless of the topic that you are studying for.
Attention: Now if you are looking for a way to ace the exam without doing any work these tips won’t help you and you should probably stop reading this article now!
What I realized is that most people really have their own methods and ways of remembering things for an exam or test. Let’s look at a few of ways that can save you time and give you greater confidence in taking your next exam.
- Focus on what you don’t know – If you’ve found yourself staring a pile of sheets of study notes and going over them excessively then this might be news to you but if you take the things that you really don’t know, break them down into manageable and memorable pieces you can remember anything
- Figure out a study strategy that works for you – Some people need to get a full nights sleep before the big test, others need caffeine and lots of it but regardless of what your own personal quirks may be just remember to do those things that you need to do.
- What does it mean to you? – It’s been my experience that you need to learn any material in a way that makes sense to you. I realized this a long time ago in my Calculus class in college and having never having had taken Calculus before I thought I was disadvantaged but I managed to not only pass but pass the class by miles because I realized that sitting in a class and have the teacher try to relate the material to me just wasn’t going to cut it.
- Break It Down – As humans, when we look at any problem some people tend to see the whole problem and when it comes to breaking the problem into smaller more manageable pieces we usually find that for the most part the problems you see are easier to fix. It reminds me of the saying “How do you eat an Elephant?” and the answer is “One bite at a time”.
- Practice Makes Perfect – If your exam is more technical or hands on in nature then go through and practice what ever the exam is about. What you will notice is that you will be able to recall more when you are faced with the test because you’ve actually done it.
What all of this really means is that you need to work smarter to achieve those results to pass any exam. After all do you really want to spend countless hours studying only to come out with the same mark? Probably not! I hope you found these tips useful and feel free to comment and add some of your own.