Even though the title might be a cliche there are a lot of people out there that have no idea how to study for an exam or test. Heck I didn’t know I was doing it wrong until my Chemistry teacher showed me another way to quickly memorize. I also got advice from my other teachers so since I acquired so much knowledge on this topic I thought I would write this article.
- Don’t procrastinate studying for the last minute! Even though it might seem easy to just read a bit before your test, your short term memory won’t help you in the long run. You must know that school isn’t all about getting good grades and “impressing your parents”. Sure, there will be times when you will get bad marks, or fail but that shouldn’t bring you down or upset you. We are meant to learn from our failures so that we can find the path to success.
- Tip number two will refer to actually being organised. Yes, I struggle a lot if my room is messy and I can’t find my books or notes. So clean up your work space and get ready for your study session.
- Schedule! Okay this one is really important. You need to know exactly how much time you have to study. For example if it’s math it will take you longer to get the hang of the exercises and practice than learning English grammar. So put down everything you have to do, your time and the time it takes to do everything.
- Chocolate is your friend. I got this tip fro my Biology teacher before my contests. A bit of sugar before an exam or competition helps your brain work better since the neurons are functioning with glucose. Make sure you don’t eat too much tho.
Studying methods and styles:
- So as I said in the previous paragraphs, I was struggling to memorize the energetic diagrams, so my teacher came up to me and helped me out. She told me to write down all I know without looking on my notes and then check. If I did something wrong, I would have to turn the page and start over again until everything was correct. And so I did, it took me a while to understand how this works, but apparently it helped me lots, and even after months I still remember everything from that lesson.
- Okay so I heard about this a while ago. Apparently everyone has their own studying style. Some people might need to read out loud while learning so they can actually remember (including me), some might have a photographic memory and some just have to do something active while also reading (also me). So don’t be afraid to try out different styles and eventually you will find the one that suits you better.
- This one is the most basic study method ever. You have probably heard of it a lot, yet I will still mention it. Get three different highlighters and color your notes. For example red for important quotes, green for definitions and yellow for questions/answers. I also used to do that with my reading materials when I needed to do essays based on other books for Romanian. It saves a lot of time when you just have to rewrite the quotes instead of re-reading the whole entire chapter.
- Don’t forget to apply your new found knowledge! You need to know how to use the theory so make sure you do a lot of exercises no matters if it’s for English or Physics. Practice makes perfect.
I know this week’s article was a really small one, but I also have to get going to study more for my finals. I might write another one by Friday :). Hope these methods were helpful and don’t forget to take care of yourself. Being in a good shape and less tired will help you out a lot.