How to prepare for an exam (with pictures)

How to prepare for an exam (with pictures)
How to prepare for an exam (with pictures)

Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of studying is studying for exams. Because memorizing the lessons and understanding which parts of the course to study is not easy. If you're feeling overwhelmed, learn how to prepare for an exam first, then get to work!


Part 1 of 5: prepare to study

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Step 1. Schedule your review sessions

In order to master the entire course being examined, plan to revise regularly. Organize your time so that you have studied all of your classes before the fateful date. Giving your brain enough time to process the information will help you remember your lesson better when the time comes. In order not to lose sight of the deadlines, write down your revision schedule on a calendar or in a diary. Avoid putting it all off until the next day, because cramming at the last minute will leave your brain with little information.

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Step 2. Set Specific Goals

By listing your goals and putting them in writing, you can organize yourself as needed. Once you know what you need to accomplish, you can prioritize your tasks to make sure you get them done on time. However, make sure you are aware of your limits and don't exceed them or you risk burnout.

Part 2 of 5: Revise for the exam

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Step 1. Take back what you have learned during the school year

You may want to write on a diagram what you learned, when, how, and why you studied certain topics.

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Step 2. First and foremost, work on understanding the concepts

Keep the most important points in mind and ignore extraneous information. As long as you stay focused on the main topics and present the facts, you will do well on the exam.

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Step 3. Ask your teacher for help

When the need arises, it is best to get help directly from your teacher. Ask him to summarize the topic for you in the most important points. You could also ask him a series of questions, the answers to which will help you remember the information better. If your class notes are incomplete, ask a classmate to lend you theirs and copy them out.

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Step 4. Practice everyday life

Make your revisions a part of your daily life by sticking post-it notes on which you have written phrases to remember for the exam. You will walk by each day and memorize information without getting bored. You could stick a post-it note on the bathroom mirror, one on the table, and another next to the television. This approach is optional, but highly recommended.

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Step 5. Go back to your review notes

After you have studied the entire course, take a quick quiz using review cards or a series of questions, to make sure you understand the course. You could also ask for help from a friend or family member.

You could also get your friends together and study in a group, but be careful not to get distracted

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Step 6. Write down your practice exams

Determine what you know and what you still have to learn.

  • Determine which topics you are proficient in, and which ones you will need to work on. This can help you get a better mark on your exam and remember it for longer. For example, if you have difficulty with geometry exercises, note that you will need to revise your geometry lessons more than the topics you are more comfortable with.

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Step 7. Review often, but little

Don't push yourself too hard, and don't try to review your entire lesson in one day. Studying takes time and in a rush you won't remember a thing.

Part 3 of 5: take breaks and relax

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Step 1. Stay relaxed

During your review sessions, it is important to release your body from pressure and stress. To retain information as well as possible, you will need to be calm. Find a place conducive to revisions, with a calming atmosphere, for example outdoors. For a pleasant environment, add soft music. If you find that you are having trouble concentrating, stop for a moment and do something that relaxes you.

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Step 2. Take regular breaks

In between revising sessions, lie down on a hard surface for at least 10 minutes to give your brain a rest. To relieve your body of stress and pressure, you could also engage in a relaxing activity. Also, consider refueling by snacking on something healthy, like fruit and almonds. If necessary, set an alarm, so you don't forget to get back to work after the break is over.

  • Give yourself a moment of relaxation. After you've finished studying, take a break. You could go bowling or take a nice hot shower to let go of stress and relax.

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Step 3. Stay Calm

While you may be nervous about taking this exam, understand that your life does not depend on it. As long as you do your homework and get good marks on the other tests, one exam won't have too much of an impact on your average because you can improve it with more homework. Know that as long as you study effectively, with the right methods, you will do well.

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Step 4. Don't worry about other people's grades

Concentrate only on your work. Someone else might revise more than you or not revise at all, but that's not your concern. You will need to work until you fully understand the subject, and not everyone studies the same. Some people learn more slowly than others and others learn faster. It has nothing to do with intelligence.

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Step 5. Rest

Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, as this is essential for keeping a healthy and focused brain. Lack of sleep will cause a loss of energy and it will be difficult for you to pay attention to important tasks. To make sure you are well rested, do your best to go to bed early.

  • The night before your exam, it is important that you sleep well. Avoid watching to cram because your brain will not be able to retain information. You won't have energy the next day.
  • Go to bed about half an hour before your usual bedtime, so that you have more time to sleep. So, as you try to fall asleep, don't let your worries clutter your thoughts. Tomorrow is another day and new opportunities will present themselves to you. Just avoid stressing over the exam and feed yourself with positive thoughts. Now is the time to rest - don't let your worries stop you.

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Part 4 of 5: Taking the exam

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Step 1. Do your best

On the day of the exam, eat a balanced breakfast to ensure you have enough energy to start the day. Quickly reread your review sheets, but avoid cramming, as it will be completely unnecessary. Tell yourself that you did your best to revise and that is the most important.

Part 5 of 5: reward yourself after the test

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Step 1. Reward yourself

Whatever grade you get, reward yourself for studying so hard. As long as you've done your best, you deserve a reward. However, after receiving your results, go back to your assignment and see what topics you need to review. Also assess whether your review methods were effective. Make the necessary changes and try to do even better next time.


  • Work in a quiet place, free from distractions.
  • Divide your efforts and the day before the test, resume the whole course.
  • If your parents are familiar with the subject of the test, ask them to test your knowledge.
  • Make review cards and have someone ask you questions about what is in them. If you don't have anyone to help you, write a question on one side of a card and the answer on the other side.
  • On a sheet of paper, write down the most important points of the lesson. This will make it easier for you to revise.
  • Find a friend who studies the same way you do and study together.
  • On the day of the exam, eat a good breakfast.
  • Before starting your check, take a deep breath.
  • Note long answers in several dashes.


  • Don't let exams take over your life. Take the time to relax, otherwise the stress will drive you crazy!
  • Avoid spending too much time in front of a screen, unless it's really for studying.
  • Don't go to bed too late the night before the exam.
  • Don't worry about other people's grades. Only care about your results. Remember that you are working for yourself and only for you.

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