The university is the best: new friends, cool atmosphere, almost total freedom to come and go, decide what things interest you and what not … The best, if not for the damn tests. And it is that there are things that do not change, if the whole life you have studied last minute or you have stored up to the last comma, why are you going to be different now?
Perhaps the topics change and the way teachers evaluate to you, you may have to face an oral test, one where you have to develop long theories or maybe such type examination test which both trusted fatal exit.
When it comes to language exams, either to see if you can access a course or a scholarship, or to pass a certain level in that language, it is essential to follow a plan that covers the 3 main parts of a language:
The listening is fundamental. How do children learn to talk? A base to listen and repeat. It is a technique that, although it seems very passive, still works.
Include the language in your routine: watch movies and create music lists with songs in that language, listen to podcasts on topics that appeal to you, watch YouTube tutorials with people explaining things that interest you in that language. In fact, you can also watch videos of people explaining things about the subject that you have to study.
Even if you do not have to face an oral exam, it never hurts to be prepared. Do you know someone who speaks that language? Try to stay with that person for a coffee and practice it. By the way, you can always ask curiosities and you are sure to have doubts about some grammar rule or when and how to use an expression. Nobody better to help you than a friend! Do not you know anyone who speaks French or Russian? Do not despair, if you are doing an online course, surely you can repeat some words or phrases to improve your pronunciation.
If listening is fundamental to learning to speak and speaking is essential for us to communicate, writing is what will lay the foundation of everything we have learned.
Point the words that we learn every day, the conjugation of a few irregular verbs is essential for our brain to process the information.
Make cards, post-its of different colors, underline, and get yourself a notebook of vocabulary… whatever it is so as to secure knowledge.
Trust me it works! If you combine a little of these 3 exercises every day, when the exam day arrives you will be able to put everything together and you will have a general idea of how that language works.