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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
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.
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.www.cfsnet.ca www.ddadd.ca