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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY STUDY FOR AN EXAM

Many people who are in school panic when they

realize their final exams are coming up in a few

weeks or days, especially if it’s one they have

totally forgotten about. If you find yourself in this

situation, do not worry! Everyone goes through

this at one point or another. Here’s how to handle

it, provided you still have enough time to study

properly.

Keep Calm

Worrying about your exam will do nothing for you.

Don’t panic! Focusing on the negativity of the

situation instead of the test won’t help you study.

A majority of the time, panic deters people from

doing well on exams. If you should find yourself

panicking, take slow long deep breaths (try not to

hyperventilate), and repeat to yourself that you

will pass the exam.

Know What Material Needs To Be Covered

Exams cover specific materials and subjects. It’s

important to know which material you will need to

study up on. If you’re unsure then never hesitate

to ask your teacher or classmates for their help.

Otherwise, you may be using what little time you

have left to study incorrect information.

What subjects will you be tested on? Are there

any important chapters you need to cover? For

example: What period in European history? Are

specific dates important?

Study The Important Topics First

Core ideas, concepts, and skills focus your study

time on the utmost important topics that you will

be tested on, rather than scattering your attention

everywhere. The specific topics that have been

highlighted in your textbooks, review sheets, and

all parts of lectures your teacher has stressed

repeatedly are all clues as to what are the most

important topics and components of the exam.

Make A Study Plan

It sounds simple, however, people who make a

study plan are often more organized and have a

surplus of time to relax. When creating a study

plan, block off the amount of time you have left

before the exam. Is it in a week, two weeks, or

a month? Depending on the time frame, you can

make your study plan long or short. Make sure

to plan your time, and don’t put studying off until

the last minute. It may seem tempting, however,

being prepared will help you feel more confident

when it comes time to write the exam.

Figure Out Your Study Methods

Use pictures, different coloured highlighters, and

brainstorming to help you. Some people retain

information more efficiently when it is in colours,

other people may use pictures. Reading a wall of

text will not help you remember the information

you will need to know if your learning method is

diagrams. Using tools such as flashcards may be

dull, but they are a really great way to help you

memorize what you need to know. Stick them in

random places to sneak in study time.

Find A Study Buddy Or Group

Studying with others benefits everyone. Choose

someone you know will help you, and not fool

around. If you’re living at home, get help from

parents or siblings. They can quiz you on what

you need to know. Study groups give you the

advantage of studying with people you know well,

and available additional help.

Memorize

One of the keys to acing an exam is the ability

to memorize all relevant subjects and materials.

There are plenty of tricks you can use to help

memorize information, such as poetic or rhyming

mnemonics if you are an auditory learner, and

visual imagery for the visual learner. Repetition is

another common form of memorization. It will also

allow you to recall information instantaneously

because it will serve as a form of reinforcement.

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