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Library Pop-Up Sessions: Exam Preparation

This guide brings together the useful links highlighted in our Library Pop-Up Sessions


Exam Preparation

Want to find out more?

Come and visit a library pop-up:


Tuesday 8th May, 1-2pm
Baillieu Foyer

Thursday 10th May,1-2pm
ERC level 1 Entrance

Tuesday 15th May, 1-2pm
‚ÄčBrownless Biomedical Foyer 

Thursday 17th May, 1-2pm
FBE Foyer

Exam Preparation Checklist

Avoid Online Distractions

Exam Help Apps

Unimelb Adventures, a site run by University of Melbourne, has a specific page for Exam tips and applications.
Some of the best applications covered include Quizlet, mindmeister, and Brainscape.
It also has a general page for exam tipsmanaging nerves on the day, and take home exams

ACCA recommends 6 apps that will help you sudy harder

Technology Personalised has a page on 10 good mobile apps that will help you study faster (ios, Android, and Blackberry

Spaced Repetition

What are Spaced repetition apps?

These apps increase intervals of time between reviewing material you have already studied, in order to increase memory and learning.

How does it work?
Very similar to flashcards for learning, as they display important facts, figures or information for you to recall.

However the software can repeat the cards depending on what you have learnt and what you haven't, which helps retention and helps progress your studies through what you need to know.

Free dowload (desktop and mobile App)

  • Modifyable "anki decks" or pick from user generated decks
  • Used for any subject that involves facts, from Medicine to law, can also be used to remember images and diagrams.
  • Widely used in languages,  to remember vocabulary and ideaograms (for Japanese and Chinese), grammar forms and letters.

Create a free Memrise account Some advanced features require a subscription.

  • Prepared flashcard decks for a wide range of subjects and languages.
  • Gamified - gives you points for completing sections. 

Past exam papers
(1998-2016) - questions only

Search via Library website

  • Search for an old exam paper by keyword
  • Browse by subject
  • Browse by year

Be aware: exams can change significantly from year to year.

Exam Tips from Academic Skills

Online tips include:

  • Exam day tips
  • advice for specific types of exams
  • exam revision
  • memory techniques
  • Active learning

More Tips From University Libraries

Monash University has a helpful page covering a range of techniques and information helpful for exam preparation.
It covers information about planning for exams, vocabulary use, and time management

QUT Exam Preparation Resources page has a range of information, covering general exam preparation, but also specific information for different types of exams

Deakin University's Exam Preparation page covers specific information on organising your study space, early preparation, revision tips and managing the exam


Books from the Library

Improve your Memory

  • Use mnemonic devices, where appropriate
  • Get it right the first time - if you make a mistake you will often tend to make the same mistake over and over. Generally if you get it right initially, you will continue to do so.
  • Use imagery for your facts add images to the words to create visual queues. This is another method of mnemonics
  • Make an emotional connection to the fact - this greatly assists recall!
  • Use flashcards, or software like ANKI or memrise
  • Repeat things out aloud - this tricks your brain into remembering
  • Use Rhymes, which works like Mnemonics - remembering through association"eg a classic is: "30 days has September, April June and November".
  • Taking a 10 minute break every hour can help you remember better
  • Chunk information into lots of 7 - people can remember in lots of 7. Chunking helps us remember long strings of information we wouldn't otherwise be able to.
  • The "Memory Palace" (aka the Roman room or "Method of loci" - for remembering a lot of things, make a room in your mind and put things (like terms or facts) in it. Then imagine yourself walking through this room, and looking at the facts. This uses the spacial element of your memory.