Best Way to Prep for Open Book Exams?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Read the books and take good notes.  


I give open book tests.  My students who do well are the ones who’ve done the reading and the work all semester.  The ones who do poorly haven’t been doing the work.  

Post # 4
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think it helps to just have everything very organized. This way as you go through questions you know exactly where to look in your notes or book for help. I like putting little tabs or post its on certain things if I know they’re important. Or highlight important information too.

Post # 5
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Coral99:  I don’t know if this would work for English classes but I used to use post it notes to easily mark off pages with key ideas so that I could find them easier during the test.  It saved a lot of time not fliping through pages.

Post # 6
442 posts
Helper bee

I second that you still have to do the work. The hard part of open note tests is finding the relevant material, and if you haven’t put in the work then it’s still going to be hard. I would also make sure to use sticky notes for the parts you think are important so that you will have something physically sticking out of your book that is at least a point of reference even if it is not relevant during the exam.

Post # 8
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Coral99:  What kind of articles/books/literature will you be reading?  

Post # 10
16 posts

Hey, the best way I found is to know your notes inside and out. 

Use tabs for every section and sticky notes to tell you where all the relevnt info is. I also used different colour highliters for different thigs eg pink for definitions. As you said above there will be a lot on sencence structure so you could highligt different types with different colours. 

I did this type of English in high school and it was so much fun, it makes you so much more aware of how you actually speak and write.

Good luck!!

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