Sometimes it feels like evaluations are popping up out of nowhere, right? We have just finished one when another is waiting for us! Develop good habits to remember important information and pass all those assessments and you'll soon be getting good grades every time!
Part 1 of 3: Establish Good Review Habits
Step 1. Make a schedule
It is essential to manage your time well to study before one or more evaluations. If you organize your time well, you will feel less like you are running out of time. You can avoid the last minute review sessions the day before the checks. Plan the week before the assessment to optimize your time.
- Determine how many things you need to study and try to estimate how long you will need to study each day or week to learn everything. You can quickly determine how long it takes you to study a page. From there, you can calculate the total time it will take you to review everything.
- Try to spread the work over a week instead of doing everything the same night. If you have time to review what you have already learned, the information will move from your short-term memory (the one that almost disappears right away) to the long-term one, where you can remember it for longer afterwards. Ideally, read the content a bit each day.
Step 2. Start ASAP
If you get ahead, you won't have to worry about having to make up for the time you are missing. Read the texts imposed by your teachers, do your homework and attend all your classes. The revisions that you do on your side will be much easier.
Use a notebook or workbook for each lesson. Keep all your notes together so you can easily find them when you need them 3 months later. Keep a copy of the syllabus on hand so you can use it as a general lesson plan. Don't forget to study every day. Don't leave everything until the last minute
Step 3. Consult your teacher
Ask him what you need to study. Remember that any small detail of the lessons can be the subject of a question.
Step 4. Sleep well
It's important to keep the same sleep patterns instead of changing them by getting up early to study, as a change in this routine can alter your sleep patterns. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Your school results (and your parents) will thank you!
Study the most complicated concepts right before bed. That way, when you go to bed, your brain will have hours to process this information. You can learn the simpler things in the middle of the afternoon. Let complex concepts simmer overnight to retain them as much as possible
Step 5. Eat breakfast
Studies have shown that students who ate this meal before testing performed better on a regular basis. However, it is important to eat something light and healthy. If you have a belly full of spread or cheese, you will have a hard time keeping a sharp mind. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains and light dairy products.
Some studies have even shown that eating the whole week before an assessment is important. Students who ate foods high in carbohydrates and fat had lower results than those who ate complex fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eat right to benefit your body and mind. This will allow you to consume the nutrients your body needs and you will retain information better
Step 6. Don't wait until the last minute
If you start revising the day before the test, it will be even more difficult, because you will lack sleep, you will be tired and your mind will not work as well as possible. Avoid having to learn a lot of information overnight. It is impossible to absorb so many at once.
If you don't understand the logic, trust the science. Studies have shown that people who studied late at night at the last minute before poor results. If an average grade is enough for you, don't hesitate to revise at the last moment, but if you want to do your best, avoid doing it
Step 7. Pick the right times
Study right after you get up and just before bed. In the morning, your mind is sharp and open. Even if it seems unlikely, your mind seems to have more room to absorb information as soon as you wake up. In the evening, your brain secretes chemicals to fix information in your memory. So it's a good idea to study right before bed (and when you get up). When you know how your brain works, you can make the most of it.
Research has shown that the less time it takes between reading the news and falling asleep, the more likely it is to stay. So try to revise right before bed. In addition, it has already been said that it is important to sleep well to better retain information. Do you remember ? Don't spend your night doing last minute revisions
Part 2 of 3: Study Effectively
Step 1. Work in a group
According to the American Duke University, the most effective study groups are made up of three or four people. One of them should represent and frame the group in such a way that it remains focused. All bring snacks and music and agree on the content beforehand. Talking about the content will allow you to read it, see it, hear it, and talk about it, which is very effective in retaining it.
It is advisable to spend the first part of the session working on concepts. They are often put aside. Discuss together the concepts covered during the week or the main elements of the assessment. A conversation will make these topics much more interesting and help you memorize them better. Then move on to more specific items. If you have covered the general concepts, you are more likely to understand the specifics easily
Step 2. Choose several locations
Recent research has shown that memory is more efficient when information is assimilated in different environments. The reasons for this are not clear, but it seems to have to do with enriching the information and creating associations with different groups of stimuli to fix this information more deeply At home, at the library, it's all good!
- If you can review where the assessment will take place, do so. If you've ever heard of contextual memory, you'll understand why it's useful. Your brain is more likely to find information in the place where it learned it. If you can study in the classroom with your review group, do so.
- Avoid being distracted by your surroundings. Uses background noise to mask disturbing sounds.
Step 3. Take breaks
Whether you study at home or at school, be sure to take breaks during your sessions. Drink some water, eat something, or take a short walk. Just be careful not to exceed 5-10 minutes. If you take too long a break, you might get distracted and stop studying!
- Remember that you are only taking these breaks so that your brain can focus on the information it has absorbed. Your attention will then be better and you will remember a lot more things. You don't try to skip your revisions, you just study in the most efficient way possible for your brain.
- Take advantage of your breaks to get up and walk around. Get out in the air. Your brain needs oxygen to function as well as possible.
Step 4. Eat the right foods
Choose healthy foods that will give you energy, like chocolate covered almonds, granola bars or fruit. If you eat, you will regain the energy you need to study well and it can even help you better retain the things you are learning.
- Coffee and tea (a little caffeine) don't hurt either. To absorb information, it's important to stay sharp. Just be careful not to overdo it or you risk exhausting yourself after a few hours.
- Fish, nuts, and olive oil (rich in omega-3s) are also great for the brain. Before the assessment, eat a meal that contains a lot of these products so that your brain is in great shape and ready to do a great job.
Step 5. Adds a playful dimension
Make the sessions fun and interactive. Write the information on card stock and decorate it. Be careful not to write the entire lesson on each card, as they will be impossible to read. You can ask yourself questions, ask them to your classmates and revise using your cards while waiting for your bus, while walking to school or simply when you have nothing to do.
- If you associate information with an incongruous story or picture, you are more likely to remember it. For example, to help you remember that Charles de Gaulle was the first president of the Fifth Republic, visualize him forming the V of victory with his fingers. V is the Roman numeral corresponding to 5.
- Graphics and images are much easier to remember than simple written sentences. If you can make the process more interactive and visually interesting, do so. It will be very effective.
- Don't forget the mnemonic tips! Your brain can only remember a limited number of things (the magic number is 7, it seems) and if you can put a whole bunch of things together in a single word or sentence (think "Where is Ornicar?" »), You will optimize the capacity of your memory.
Step 6. Divide the content
Separate it into several parts. The easiest way is to use highlighters. For example, use yellow for important vocabulary, pink for dates, blue for statistics, etc. When studying, take the time to study all types of information to avoid overloading your brain with numbers, dates, or things that are difficult to understand. After all, you wouldn't practice playing soccer by just scoring goals all day, would you?
- With this method, it will be quite easy to distinguish general concepts and more precise and detailed elements. When you go through all of your notes quickly, focus on the general concepts. When you want to deepen your reviews, focus on the details.
- Studying different types of content in the same session has been shown to allow the brain to fixate more deeply and for longer. This is the reason why musicians work on scales, rhythm exercises and pieces and sportsmen work on their strength, speed and agility. So tackle all the different colors in the same afternoon.
Part 3 of 3: Reduce stress on assessment
Step 1. Organize a white assessment
This is useful for two reasons. First, you will be less stressed at the time of the real assessment (knowing that stress can have a very negative impact on your result) and second, you will be more successful. In a recent study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, it was found that students who were assessed on information they had just learned did better than those who had to track what they were learning
Create an assessment and ask a classmate to do the same. You will be able to rate yourself and enjoy the benefits of the process. If you can involve the whole group you studied with, it will be even better. The more realistic the experience, the more ready you will feel and the more you will actually be on the day of the assessment
Step 2. Revise a bit in the morning
Only do this if it helps you feel calmer. This is effective for the two reasons mentioned in the previous step. You need to feel as calm as possible and if you quickly review the course right before the assessment you can reduce your stress. In addition, you will remember the information well (we said that the mind was clearest when you woke up, remember?). Take out your note cards one last time on your way to school.
Review only the basic concepts. If you try to tackle complex concepts when you only have 10 min, you will get lost and you will just end up stressing yourself even more, which is the opposite effect of what you are trying to do! Just prepare your brain by reviewing the outline
Step 3. Relax
Some people go so far as to meditate before an assessment. Yoga can also be very helpful. Any activity that allows you to calm your breathing and feel at ease will be beneficial. Think about what might help you find this state.
- Try to listen to classical music. It does not directly make you smarter, but it can improve memory. If you want to be very picky, listen to songs with a tempo of 60 beats per minute (60 BPM), as these are the most beneficial.
- Natural background noise generators producing sounds of rain, wind, flowing water or a crackling fire have the same beneficial effect and help to relax.
Step 4. Arrive early
If you have to run to be on time, you will be stressed when you arrive, even if you know the course well. Try to arrive early, take out everything you need, ask a friend questions (and ask them to ask you), take out some chewing gum and relax. It's time to give it your all!
Step 5. Choose the order carefully
Answer the easy questions first. If you immediately focus on the ones to which you don't know the answer, you risk stressing and losing your calm. You will start to worry about the weather and tell yourself that you haven't studied enough. Above all, do not fall into this trap. Just move on to what you know. Then you can tackle the tough questions and do your best to deal with them.
The more time you spend on a question, the more likely you are to question your answer. Most of the time, your first idea will be the right one. Trust your instincts
- Make sure you read and explain everything. This is especially important when you are reviewing for a math assessment.
- Each time you study, chew gum with a specific scent. During the assessment, chew a tasty piece of gum to help remember what you've learned.
- Learn one concept at a time, starting with the most difficult. Then test your knowledge by asking yourself questions. Try to choose questions that are more difficult than those that are likely to be included in the assessment.
- Ask someone to ask you questions about your notes to help you identify your weak points and the things that you are having trouble remembering or that you are not sure about.
- If you are taking a short trip, take your notes with you so you can study whenever you have time.
- Read aloud when you are reviewing.
- Each night, reward yourself after you have studied enough. For example, play a video game or eat a treat.
- After reading a paragraph or two, make a mind map of everything you can remember and check that everything you have studied is present. If any are missing, identify these as important points, as you are likely to forget them later.
- Each weekend, make a summary of all the notes you took for each class that week. This way, when there is an evaluation, you will already have score cards.
- When your teachers ask questions in class, answer them. When your classmates listen to you, you probably feel a lot of pressure. If you answer correctly, you will remember the answer much longer.If you are wrong, your teacher will explain the correct answer to you.
- If you worry, you will feel less confident about the assessment. Try not to worry. After all, it's only one check.
- Don't start studying at the last minute. If you do it only the day before the assessment, your brain may be too tired and during the test you will forget all the information you learned while reviewing.