These next couple of weeks, I have some major tests coming up. When I was thinking up ideas for today’s post, I was inspired by my calendar chock-full of exam dates. After years of perfecting my study routine, I have some tips to make studying more effective. Here they are!
- Take breaks: First and foremost, sitting down for one six-hour study session sounds like a nightmare for a reason- it totally sucks. Instead of cramming, staying up all night, and quite honestly allowing yourself to be driven mad by all the information you need to review, split up your time. Sit down for a half hour of quality, focused study time, and then take a break. Repeat this cycle a few times until a few hours has gone by. After two or three hours of studying, you should take a longer break. This can consist of working out, cooking dinner, going to a school event, etc.
- Don’t save it all for the night before: Your teachers have been telling you this one for years, and for a good reason. If you have a test over five chapters, split it up into one chapter each night for five nights. This will make the process much easier and will allow you time to work on other assignments as well.
- Copy your notes: This is the secret- for real. Copying your notes, whether it be onto a notecard, a review guide, or just copying them all word for word onto another page is a great way to refresh your memory. I guarantee this trick will be extremely effective.
- Re-do old questions: Look for practice tests online, or re-do questions from worksheets you have done before. Thinking through the questions again will help prepare you to do the same thing on the test.
- Be positive: Don’t go into a test saying “I’m gonna fail.” I hear people say this every day and it really isn’t a good mindset. Instead, replace your negative thoughts with positive affirmations like “I will do my best,” “I will consider what I learned in class during the test,” and “I am comfortable with the material and confident that I will do well.” Attitude makes a huge difference!
- Study with your peers: Ask your friends to quiz you on topics that will be on the test. Studying with other people makes it more fun and will help reinforce weak topics.
- Ask teachers for help: If your teacher offers extra help time, take advantage of it! Your teacher can offer valuable insight into what is important to know for the test, and it doesn’t hurt to show that you care about learning the material.
- Watch online videos: When in doubt, consult the plethora of Crash Course videos online. They have videos for such a wide variety of topics that you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for. These videos saved my life in biology!
- Use flash cards: Flash cards are so underrated. There is no better way to memorize definitions, formulas, and other quick information that you want to be able to know cold.
- Practice: Practice makes perfect- if your test requires you to draw graphs, practice drawing graphs. If your test requires you to write an essay in a short amount of time, then practice writing an essay in that amount of time. You’ll feel so much better about the test if you know you’re prepared.
Those are all my tips for today! Good luck on your exams! 🙂
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