Prepare for a book exam – 6 simple tips
This blog post will help you prepare for a book exam. You will feel very confident because you really worked with the book and understood every detail.
This method is crucial if you have to read a lot of books for school and you know you’ll get tested on them or at least on some of them. In my case, I have to read 4 Spanish books, 4 English books, and 6 German books until May. It is crazy because there are a lot of characters and topics I have to remember. The funny thing is, that I’ll only be tested on one book in each language. But I don’t want to play Russian Roulette, that can’t end too well. 🙂 That’s why I came up with this method, to be able to have a quick overview of every book. If you’d like to learn how I do it, continue reading.
Grab a notebook and make this spread
First of all, whenever I prepare for a book exam, I always like to grab a notebook and write down the book title on top and then spread the page into:
Characters – important and less important – and themes or topics.
Additionally I use two more pages to put More and Summary.
Let’s start with a closer overview of the Characters spread.
I like to use bullet points to write down every character that comes up in the story. But first, I read a little before putting their names down, to know if they are important or less important. I don’t need to remember all the supporting roles of the book, that would just be insane. To not be confused afterward I split them into important and less important. As soon as I know more about the important characters, I add the information. I give each important role a highlighter color. Afterward, I use that color in the book whenever something drastic happens with the character or if it’s some essential information.
2) More about the Characters
On the next page, that I showed you just before, I use the More page to explain really important information. Let’s say character X fell in love with character Y. At that instant I highlight the sentence and flip over to the More page, to write down the number of the page and summarize:
X falls in love with Y.
This way I will have one page with the most important scenes. I can’t stress how much I benefit from this page. It is a life saver when you have so many books and stories to remember. If you have to prepare for a book exam, you will be happy when looking back to this page.
3) Themes or topics
If you have teachers that like to talk about general topics like mine, you will love this tip. I like to buy really cute post-its to use for my books. For every topic, I use a different post it color. At the first topic, you come across, you will mark it with your post it. To remember what topic it was, I put one post it in my notebook and write down the corresponding theme.
Now, what’s really great about this post-it method is, that at the end of your book, you will have tons of post-its in your book. Now you can detect the most important topic very easily as it will have the most of this color throughout your book. Amazing, huh? 🙂
4) Summarize each page with one sentence
As soon as I finished reading a page I will pick up my pencil and summarize the whole page with only one sentence. This way you don’t lose too much time, but still, have everything explained in a nutshell. This makes it so much easier if you can use your book in your exam or if you just want to quickly find an important scene. There is even a bonus point in this one: You won’t just fly over the page without even reading it consciously because you will want to write something down at the end of the page. It’s happened way too many times to me, that I was reading, but my mind was somewhere else. Some pages later I couldn’t remember anything that I’ve just read. Guess what, that won’t happen again if you use this method.
If you prepare for a book exam, make sure you use valuable words. Thus you will automatically prepare your words that you want to use during your exam.
I thought this one became more and more necessary, as I was reading 2 – 3 books at the same time. Whenever I came back to continue reading, I didn’t know where I left off and had to flip back some pages to remember. I didn’t like losing that time so I began writing a short summary of all the pages I just read. I always forced myself to write down 3 -4 sentences each time I put away the book. This is also a nice way of having a brief summary of the whole book, once you’re done reading it.
6) Words you don’t understand
There is no better way than improving your vocabulary by reading books. I enjoy reading English books a lot because I always learn a lot by doing that. If there’s a word I don’t understand, I underline it, google the word definition and write it down on a piece of paper. At the end of the book, I love to look back at all those words. By reading them over and over around 3 – 4 times, you will remember so many words and enrich your vocabulary. BIG PLUS if you ask me.
Those were my 6 tips on how to improve your marks on your next book exam
If you aren’t prepared after using these tips, I don’t know who is. I haven’t found any better way to prepare for a book exam.
Another nice thing about this system is, that you will have one notebook full with summaries of the books you’ve read. I love to look back after some time. If anyone wants some book recommendation or if you want to talk about a book but don’t remember a lot, this notebook will be really helpful.
I just finished reading this book and I honestly love it so much. If you haven’t read it, it’s time to get your hands on it. I had every emotion in this book, from hatred to sadness to happiness. I may have even shed a tear, but who knows. 🙂 Read it and you will be as fascinated as I am.
I mean, read this:
“If Julie Kibler’s novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own.”
– Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home
And the books she mentioned are all just wonderful.
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