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Tips on How to Study for Exams

Exams are a critical component of school and every student has to take them. Learning how to best tackle any exam that may come your way is a key to academic success.

Top shares some excellent tips on how to study for an exam:

  1. Give yourself time to study. Cramming for an exam is stressful and sometimes inefficient. Allowing yourself ample time to study will be less stressful and allow you to use effective study techniques like spaced repetition and active learning.

  2. Grab your planner and set up a daily plan with times blocked off for studying.

  3. Use your class rubric to keep track of the key exam and project dates.

  4. Use flow charts and diagrams. Having a visual representation of what you are studying in class can help you connect with the material in a new way. Creating your own visual aid will help you filter what information is truly important to know.

  5. Practice on old exams. Past exams will have similar question types and formats to the ones you’re studying to take. Ask your professor if they have any old or practice exams that they are willing to release. Treat these exams as if they were the real thing! Then, score it to see what areas you can improve on.

  6. Explain your answers to others. One excellent way to test whether or not you know the class material is by explaining it to someone. Use simple and direct words. Encourage them to ask questions. If you notice any gaps in your knowledge, make sure to write it down and study it later.

  7. Take regular breaks. Your brain can only concentrate for so long. Use the Pomodoro technique to help structure your study sessions. Scheduling breaks in your study sessions will take away any compunction you might feel for trying to relax your mind.

It takes time to develop your own process for studying for exams. Experiment and work out the kinks. If you can get it down by high school, you’ll have a much easier time in college!

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