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Top study tips for passing your real estate exams
If it’s been a while since you’ve had to sit down and write an exam, the prospect of writing your real estate exams may feel pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! Even if you haven’t been a student in a while, or you’re feeling some test anxiety, we’re here to help you pass with confidence.
As you work through your courses and prepare to write your exam, we have some pro tips to help you tackle the process with ease. Here are five tips to study smarter.
- Use practice questions from an exam prep course. Memorizing the information is great, but we find it’s infinitely more helpful to actually apply what you’ve learned by writing practice exams. Stay tuned for our exam prep course (launching soon) for a vast question bank that emulates the actual exam experience.
- Don’t cram – do a little bit of studying every day. You may think of cramming as trying to study everything the night before, but cramming can also look like over-studying in a massive session well before the exam. Trying to do a five-hour study session one day a week won’t give you the same retention and benefit as a one-hour session every day.
- Build a cheat sheet with your most challenging topics. Everyone has some topics that come easily, and some topics that are tricky to remember. Make a cheat sheet with all of the terms and concepts that you struggle with, and give them the most focus. Soon, you’ll turn your weak spots into your strengths!
- Get a study partner (and practice explaining the concepts). Ask your partner, family, or friends to help you practice a variety of different study techniques. Use flashcards, mnemonic devices, and memorization tools, but don’t stop there. Practice explaining the concepts to your study partner, so that you master them completely. Memorization may be a helpful skill for test-taking, but you also want to truly understand and master the concepts in application.
- Create a test-taking strategy. Budget your time and manage your energy well throughout the entire experience by using a test-taking strategy. Here’s what we’d suggest: first, scan through the entire exam and get a sense of how many questions there are. Then, move through an answer the easy questions first. Mark the more challenging ones and come back to them later. And make sure to read through each question thoroughly and carefully!
With these tips, we hope you’ll feel more prepared for the exam process and ready to pass on your first try! Keep an eye out for our practice exams, and let us know which tips helped you the most.
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