How To Study ?
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The secret to top-notch exam prep? START EARLY!
These are the top ten things that you need to know to Ace exams!
Give yourself plenty of time.
Cramming doesn’t work. It just doesn’t. When you start to study weeks ahead you have plenty of time to read everything. It also gives you time to ask questions about anything you don’t fully understand.
Use an Agenda.
Write your study time in your agenda, even if it’s only 20 minutes a night. An agenda is one of the best organizational tools you have to help you prepare for your exams.
Set up a study stadium.
Okay, it doesn’t have to be an actual stadium—just an area where you can leave your notes, your pencils, and your dictionary. Someplace where you are comfortable and where there is little distraction—that means no TV or blaring music!
Look at the big picture.
How many pages in total do you have to study? How much time? If you have 50 pages to cover in 10 weeks, then that is only 1page a night on weekdays, with weekends off. That’s not so bad! You can even write down what pages to study on what night.
Study a little bit every night.
When you start early enough you can easily avoid the stress and anxiety of pulling an all-nighter. And, you can move at a steadier pace—20 minutes a night is easier to handle than 7 hours the night before. By the week before the exam you’ll have read everything at least once and you’ll be prepared!
Make your own notes.
Look at the chapter or unit or section. What are the titles, heading and subheadings? Are there any bolded words? Write these down. These are key words, and they are great indicators to help you know what the material is about.
Put it in your own words.
This is known a paraphrasing and it’s a great technique to help you really understand the material. Memorization and rote repetition? That’s for robots? You need to understand the material to succeed!
Cover, recite and check.
But how do you paraphrase? It’s as easy as reading over a page, a paragraph, or a sentence, then covering it up, and saying it back in your own words!
Don’t study the stuff you know well.
Start with the most challenging sections and move on from there. There is no point studying material that you are confident you know. A quick review to make sure you remember everything is enough.
Make classroom time active learning time.
The best study tip is one that doesn’t even involve studying, but happens way before studying—in the classroom. The secret to easy studying is to be an active learner in the classroom. Raise your hand. Ask questions. Participate in discussions. Don’t just sit and wait for the teacher to teach you, get involved in learning!
How to Study for a Test ?
Have a goal. You can get an A+ on everything, you just have to try. Have a good goal. Take into mind how well you usually do and your strength in that subject.
Plan your time. All schedules are flexible if you play around with them. Do not procrastinate.
If you have some extra time, use it. It's always better to be over prepared for a test rather than unprepared.
Start in advance. If you're learning a topic in school and you're having trouble with it start studying then and there. But, don't kill yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. But don't go too slow and steady!
Know how important the test is. If you are doing well in the subject of the midterm, and having trouble in the one with the quiz, Don't underestimate the mid-term. Most are about 20% of your final grade! In college, they may be 50% or more of your grade. So take it more seriously than you usually do.
Know what you're being tested on.Getting materials and copies of exams from older students you're in friendly terms with is a strategy that works wonders, the reason is simple: Teachers can't be that creative, they tend to repeat themselves. Take all the mini assignments (worksheets, study guides, etc.) from the class you're studying for and have them all at hand, if you study those you should ace your test. Most grade school kids have their sheets all in a folder, which is a great idea. An even greater idea is color coding your folders for your classes (ex: red for math, purple for history, blue for English, green for science, etc.) But label them with text if you have to.Keep this in mind: studying with your own materials means half work done.
Look over everything, fix all your mistakes and try to think about what might be on the test. Make sure to put stars or a mark on that information. Think back of what went on in the classroom: teachers insist more on some contents; they're the most likely items in the test sheet.
Make a Review Sheet and give yourself mini-tests. Study with a friend or a parent. Reach an agreement with your parent as soon you feel things aren't going smoothly in the test preparation: having an argument prior to an exam is most unsettling.
Type up the questions and write the answers underneath them. Make up flash cards. Put the question on one side and the answer on the other side.You might also want to research your topic. If you'd like to use this information, the best thing to do is to print it. Once you've printed it, highlight and take notes on what you've collected that might be on the test. Don't write in complete sentences, as it is too time consuming and makes it harder to memorize.
Revise, summarize, review. You can either study this information, or sum it up by typing a report that includes everything that you think will be on the test.
Study in good place for you.you might like to go to a school or public library, where it is reasonably quiet,and you may have the satisfaction that others are watching you study hard! Remember that while it may be pleasant to have some music playing in the background of your session, make sure the study session doesn't become an excuse to simply listen to music.Soft music with no lyrics is the best to concentrate studying.
Study these questions over and over again until you are sure you know them perfectly. You might even want to know the questions as well!
Quiz yourself inside your head, going over the questions and answers over and over. Do this step everywhere, while eating, while going on the computer, before going to sleep at night.
Make up a song or story that is going to get stuck in your head about the information.All kind of memory-aids will come in handy; they're but a means to fix the information.
Either be ready, or ask for a blank study guide. Fill in the blanks just like you were taking a test, and check for mistakes when you are finished. this can be repeated many times and is a great way to learn tough information.
Find a method that works for you and don't let others distract or tease you over that. If that means listening to your study notes on your iPod or using goofy flash cards don't worry, you will do better on the test!
Start studying early and often, then you won't be in a hurry and you will be prepared for a pop quiz.
Make a schedule and stick to it of the subjects that you will have tests on. Include breaks between, for meals, stretching, and for anything else you might want to take a break for( but be on your guard not to deceive yourself!
Make study notes from the notes you made in class.Have purposeful flashbacks. Highlight the key facts.
Always carry around flash cards with you in case you have a couple minutes to go through them.
Stop Thinking anything else related to the outside world. For example: you had a fight with somebody yesterday or your teacher insulted you etc. Don't confront yourself to the topic but just get back to the world of your subject.
- Survey: Scan your book for the most important things (They may be in bold, italics, or something else that makes it stand out)
- Question: Make practice questions and DO NOT write the answers
- Read: Skim your material or read it actively
- Recite: Answer your questions you have previously written down (Hint: Talk out loud! Overcome your reluctancy to hear yourself speaking up loud !)
- Review: Review this process until you have it down. While reviewing try to associate test items with things that mean something to you, the trick is finding something to hook the story on.
If you have a sibling, friend or parent that would like to help, ask them to make a sheet for your or just ask you questions. You'd be surprised at how well you learn it when someone is asking you questions. Remember previous piece of advice.
Review your vocabulary. Write down your vocabulary in a small note book and carry it around with you, so that you can review the words whenever you have a few spare minutes. Make sure you know how to spell the words and you know what they mean so you can use them accurately in your test. A key point here; things must have a meaning, otherwise you're bound to have a very hard time trying to learn them by heart without grasping their whole meaning.
Never cram the night before or morning of the test. Contrary to common belief this doesn't help in the least. Take your time to practice and study with a good extent of time. Also, make sure you use multiple examples ( associate concepts !!) on the subject and practice them over and over again. This is normally helpful in maths and science.
Don't over study. You can't afford your brain to be tired the day of the test. You won't make silly errors like you would if you pace yourself out.
To focus try chewing gum! Mint works best for a scientific study says it makes you stay alert! every 30-15 minutes stretch and do at least 5 minutes of physical activity!
Check over your answers so you don't make silly mistakes.Don't rush, overcome the urge to get out !