Linguistics: Exam preparation

This guide will introduce you to the systematic study of language in general

Exploring the exam process

Achieving exam success requires you to have an understanding of the requisite skills, knowledge and principles, and be able to apply these to new situations. Look at this mind map, which contains helpful tips and tricks, and just click on the topic that interests you to learn more.

Ogez, E. (2008). Mind mapping benefits [Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eogez/2869190347/

Preparing for exams

Victoria has had a great semester at Monash. She has enjoyed all her subjects, but suspects that she might have a few gaps in her subject knowledge because of missing a few lectures and not doing all the tutorial readings.

Now the exam period is coming up and Victoria is feeling a bit nervous and worried about having time to read and study everything. She doesn’t know what the exams will be like. Her family in Germany have paid a lot of money for her to come and study at Monash and she doesn’t want to let them down.

Victoria's friend Kate tells her that she can find past exams by typing the unit code for her subjects into Search. The past exams she finds give her a much clearer idea of what to expect, but she still thinks she could use some advice on exam preparation so she asks for help from the Library’s learning skills staff.

Victoria also remembers that she can cover the lectures she missed by using the lectures online service, and that the reading lists are available online from the Library homepage, so this makes it easier for her to get access to the major resources she needs to study. Luckily, the books that are most in demand are on reserve and limited to 3 hour loans, so she can photocopy a chapter from a few different texts.

Power, C. E. (1934). The exam room [Linocut]. Available from Bridgeman Education database. (Image number OSL 345230)

Study tips

Lots of books in the Library catalogue give tips for good study habits. Browse the shelves at:371.30281 and 378.170281


Look at previous exam papers to familiarise yourself with typical questions


Attend a Library class on exam skills through the Library booking system. Check out all the classes offered by learning skills advisers


Bring along some of your written work to a drop in session, available most days at specific times depending on the Library