Be glad, half of the semester has almost been completed! Unfortunately, however, Walker students have to take exams to receive their grades for this nine-week period. Studying a large amount of information for an exam can sometimes be difficult and stressful, especially when your overall grade depends heavily on the exam grade. But don’t fret! First, remember that you have been in the class for weeks. You KNOW at least the basics of all of the information. If you’ve studied for each test you have had in your class, just think of studying for the exam as a review.
Utilize your time
StudyTips.org recommends time management techniques. No matter how many hours you study, you have to use your time wisely. Make sure that you are making progress when you study. Personally, I use “mental breaks” if I find that my studying is boggling me. I can hit the books after the break with a clearer mind. Think about how much you have studied for similar tests. Did the amount of time you studied for that test result in a successful grade? Do what works for you.
Select a learning environment
Where you study can have a huge impact on how much information you retain. I recommend finding a quiet place where there are no or hardly any distractions. Turn off the television, put down the pone, and focus on your studying. It will probably take you less time to study if you are only concentrating on the information. You can return to the activities you enjoy after you have prepared for the test.
Study how you study
Think about how you usually study for a test. Do you make flash cards? Do you re-read the chapters? Study in a way that makes you feel like you are learning. Writing down concepts, words, and definitions can also help you remember the information. If you are studying for a math test, reviewing formulas and working practice problems should make the test easier. If you have a parent or a sibling that is able to help you memorize information, ask them for assistance. They can test your knowledge.
Be physically prepared
It is quite difficult to concentrate on any test if you are tired or hungry. Make sure to get enough sleep before the exam. If possible, don’t stay up too late studying. Study earlier so that you can have enough time to sleep and relax your brain. Furthermore, be certain that you eat appropriately before the test. A growling stomach can be both embarrassing and distracting!
By: Mikenzi Brasfield