6 ways to get good exam marks with little studying

6 ways to get good exam marks with little studying
6 ways to get good exam marks with little studying

Studying isn't always a fun activity, but no matter what, you are bound to get good grades. If you do the right thing during class, you won't need to study at home as much to prepare for exams. In addition, there are a few tips you can apply to cut down on the time you spend studying, and that also includes keeping your body healthy and your mind alert.


Method 1 of 6: Learn in the classroom

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Step 1. Review the course before going to class

Usually, you will be informed of the topic you will be studying in class, because your teacher will have provided you with data in advance. As you go to class, think about what you are going to tackle today and prepare yourself psychologically for this moment. This will keep you in the right frame of mind and help you better assimilate the information you will receive.

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Step 2. Go to class

Although in high school you have no choice but to attend classes, in college you are free to manage your time as you see fit. One of the easiest ways to get good grades without studying too much, of course, is to take class and listen carefully to what the teacher is saying. This implies that it is not enough to just show up. You also need to be very careful.

In addition, there are many teachers who note the attendance as well as the participation of the learners. This implies that just attending classes helps you perform better. If you miss too many sessions, you will lose these important points

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Step 3. Sit in the front rows

You might be tempted to sit at the back of the classroom, out of sight of the teacher, but it must be said that you will be better able to hear him and see what he is writing on the board if you stay in front. On the other hand, being in front will make you less tempted to get sidetracked.

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Step 4. Ask enough questions

If there is something you don't understand, don't be afraid or ashamed to ask questions. Your teacher will be more than happy to enlighten you and other learners will be able to get answers as well.

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Step 5. Take an interest in what you are studying

It can seem difficult, especially when you don't like the subject matter, which is often the case with math. Still, you have to show interest, even if you have to feign it at first. Convince yourself that you love math. Make an effort to find aspects of the material that you are going to like, no matter how small. Showing interest in what you are learning will help you better assimilate the information you receive.

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Step 6. Always look for the basics

Your teacher is very likely to give clues to basic aspects of what he or she teaches by writing on the board or emphasizing it through the way they speak. She may even repeat some crucial concepts over and over to make sure the whole class realizes their importance. Keep asking yourself what the fundamentals are, as this will allow you to use the time you spend in class to assimilate and absorb them.

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Step 7. Take proper notes

Taking good notes does not mean writing everything down. In fact, if you are shy about writing down absolutely everything the teacher says, you are not going to remember the essential information, you will just rewrite it. Besides, it is impossible for you to keep up with the rhythm and write everything down, unless you are on a computer and have the ability to type very quickly. Therefore, it is best to take notes, in short sentences or in a few words, which will transcribe the fundamental points of the course.

  • If for example your teacher says we are going to study verbs today. These are the verbs that express the action in a sentence. There are two main types of verbs: action verbs and state verbs, you might take as notes: verbs: express the action of a sentence. Two categories: action and state.
  • It's also a good idea to use abbreviations or diminutives to write faster, but be sure to use the same system over and over again so that you always recognize what you are writing.
  • Even though you can type more words while on a computer, there are studies that have shown that learners remember more when writing by hand than when typing on a PC.
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Step 8. Don't get sidetracked

If there is heat in the classroom or if other students are talking, you might be tempted to get sidetracked. You may then find that the weather is very nice outside or you may not want to take the course anymore. When that happens, force yourself to focus on the lesson. Block out anything that distracts you and focus exclusively on what the teacher says and on the educational discussions.

  • It can happen to anyone to let their mind wander. When you notice that you are drifting away, bring your attention back to what the teacher is saying.
  • If you really can't concentrate or notice yourself falling asleep, try taking a short break and going to the bathroom to freshen your face, provided of course the teacher lets you out.
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Step 9. Enter or review the notes taken after class

If you wrote down by hand, enter the notes you took on the computer after you get home. This will cause the information to anchor more in your brain and stay there longer. If you have already entered your notes in class, review them once you get home.

Method 2 of 6: Do your homework

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Step 1. Make a schedule

When you see yourself assigned homework assignments, set a time to do each one. Stick to the schedule you set up so you can always do your homework on time.

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Step 2. Do your homework

The latter you do count for a portion of your final grade and that is why it is important to do them well. However, you don't have to settle for doing just what it takes to average and succeed. Really take the time to do this homework. Reading the lessons and doing the homework allows you to reinforce the knowledge acquired in the course. If you take the time to learn effectively from the start, you won't have to spend a lot of time revising later on.

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Step 3. Read carefully

Don't just go through your course. Read each sentence carefully and understand the information given. If you have trouble concentrating, try reading aloud to a friend or even to yourself. Also take the time to identify the main ideas conveyed. It may also be useful to take note of these main ideas, in order to get a general overview of the topic being discussed. In addition, the act of writing will reinforce the information acquired.

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Step 4. Properly classify your exam papers, assignments and grades

You must have a file or a binder for each subject and in it you will classify by date and by section your exam sheets, your homework and your notes. This way you will know where all the data you have on a topic is located and you will be able to easily find it for later use.

Method 3 of 6: Study optimally

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Step 1. First, get rid of the complicated topics

Choose to approach these when your brain is cool, as this will make it easier to get out of them than if you do it while you are tired. Also, once you have come to grips with these hard to pin down concepts, you will feel like you have accomplished something great. Your next tasks will then seem easier to you after this hard work.

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Step 2. Take breaks

Studying for a very long time without taking a break can wear you out. In addition, after a while, you will no longer be able to assimilate the information. This is why you must make sure to take regular breaks, at least one respite per hour. Get up, go for a walk, have a cup of coffee, use the jump rope, or go talk to a friend for a while. You just need to take a mental break in order to be ready to get back to work.

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Step 3. Avoid procrastinating

While it's true that you should take breaks, when it comes time to study, you should. Don't jot down random notes, don't doodle something. Really get to work when you need to, and you'll manage to cut down on the time you spend on revisions.

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Step 4. Move from one topic to another

Instead of trying to study one subject for hours on end, switch between subjects, especially if you have multiple assignments to complete. For example, you can change the subject when you take a break. This way of studying causes you to be more interested in what you are learning, which helps you remember faster.

Method 4 of 6: Study More Effectively for Homework

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Step 1. Use a syllabus or guide to make a plan

If you have neither, use your class notes or your textbooks to create a study plan. In short, you will need to have a comprehensive overview of what it takes for you to learn to be able to pass the exam properly. You can sketch it out using the outline in your textbook or taking into account the main concepts the teacher covered before the assignment.

  • Once you have gathered all of the main concepts you need to review, set aside a specific amount of time to cover each of them, depending on how much time you want to spend preparing for this assignment.
  • You don't have to give all concepts the same time. If you master one concept better than another, spend more time on the one you are unfamiliar with. If there is one of the concepts that is more complicated, give it more time as well.
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Step 2. Review your notes

One of the best ways to study in preparation for an assignment is to review the coursework received. So read the notes you took in class. Go through the chapter headings before the exam, to make sure you cover all the necessary topics. However, do not try to reread the chapters in their entirety, as it will take an enormous amount of time that you do not have.

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Step 3. Work in a group

You can work with your friends to study more effectively. Working in a group is more fun and as long as you are careful not to stray from the topic that brought you together it can be very effective as well. Discussing ideas helps you understand the topic better and assimilate information more easily.

  • For example, if you are trying to study a book for an exam, try using a guide you find online to start a discussion with your friends. You can find discussion questions for most classic literary works.
  • If it is math, you can try to set up small competitions. Take an exercise and see who can solve it first. If there is one who is having a hard time getting there, help them solve the problem and figure it out. Whether you are the one who explains or the one who receives help, in either case you will strengthen your skills faster.
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Step 4. Make a connection between the different ideas

Most people try to learn by using rote memorization techniques. In other words, they read until the information stays in their memory. There is a more effective way to learn, however, and that is to relate what you are learning now to things you already knew. By integrating this concept into the information network you already have, you will memorize it more easily.

If, for example, you learn about the circulatory system of an animal, you have the possibility to compare the different parts of its body to a train. The heart would be the main station, while the big rails which leave the station represent the arteries and that the rails which serve it are the veins

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Step 5. Try to use teaching cards

If information networking doesn't work for you, try using lesson cards to memorize. These allow you to retain the course because they lead you to revisit the concept several times. In addition, they allow you to question yourself on the subject.

  • Write a word or concept on one side that you need to learn. On the other side, put the definition or information related to the concept. Worksheets are most useful when you have concepts that have two parts, such as words and their definition, dates and events, or an equation and its solution.
  • Worksheets can also help you study just what you need to learn. As soon as you have assimilated a word or a concept, you can remove the corresponding card from the bundle you have. This will allow you to concentrate your efforts and your time on the rest that you have not yet mastered.
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Step 6. Concentrate only on the exam

If, for example, you need to remember the dates, the teaching sheets will be the most effective in helping you learn. If, on the other hand, you are trying to learn to solve math problems, the most effective solution would be to do exercises. If you want to learn new concepts or study literature for a writing assignment, it would be best to work and discuss in groups.

Method 5 of 6: Pass the exams better

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Step 1. Write down the facts

If you need to remember a number of facts for the exam, write them down on your draft as soon as you receive your copies. This way you will be sure not to forget them during the assignment.

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Step 2. Always read the instructions given

The instructions tell you what lengths your answers should be or even how many questions you should answer. It is therefore very important to read them carefully so as not to naively lose points.

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Step 3. Time yourself

Make sure you have enough time for each part of the assignment. Take the time at the beginning to review the proof you are receiving so that you know what to expect. If you have to write at a certain level, be careful not to spend so much time on the other questions of the assignment that you cannot write well. Keep an eye on the stopwatch throughout the exam.

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Step 4. Build on your strengths

If you realize that you are better at producing short answers, start with this type of question. This way, you will be guaranteed to have answered the questions that you master the best, which will ensure you the maximum number of points.

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Step 5. Read the questions carefully

It may happen that the teachers formulate the questions in an unclear way. So be sure to determine exactly what is being asked of you before you start answering. In other words, you don't have to rush and start answering when you've only read a few words.

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Step 6. Understand the instructions

You must first check if the assignment indicates that you are losing points by giving a wrong answer. In some events, if you answer incorrectly, you simply do not receive the points. On the other hand, there are others in which the fact of not answering a question deprives you of points, but in addition, incorrect answers cause you to lose points. In the first case, you can absolutely choose between several answers if you are not sure, which is not bad and can be useful to you. However, in the second case, doing so may cause you to lose more points.

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Step 7.Know how to answer multiple choice questions

These make it easier for you to give answers. In fact, it is no longer for you to give the answer, because it is contained in the proposals made. However, this type of question can also be difficult, because sometimes you will have two almost identical answers.

  • When you've read the question correctly, decide what the correct answer is before looking at the different choices available. This will ensure that you don't get confused by the other answers until you find the solution. If the answer you have determined is among the proposals, choose it and go on. If it's not there, read the question again to see if you got it right the first time.
  • If you have trouble deciding, proceed by elimination and cross out choices that are absurd or grotesque. Often there are one or two of the answers that are clearly wrong. Cross them out so as to no longer take them into account.
  • If despite this you still cannot decide, choose one of the remaining answers and go on to the next one, provided of course that you are on a type of exam where a wrong answer carries a penalty.
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Step 8. Outline for longer questions

If you have a question that prompts you to write an essay, write an outline first. Make sure you know the main ideas you are going to cover in your essay and how you should organize them. This will allow you to write much more fluidly.

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Step 9. Double-check your answers at the end

If you still have some time at the end of the test, reread everything you wrote. If it's a math homework assignment, see if you haven't made any silly mistakes. Also make sure you don't skip any questions, as this is a pretty easy way to drop points.

Method 6 of 6: Take care of yourself

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Step 1. Get enough sleep

If you are fresh and alert, you will be better able to remember information than if you are tired. Therefore, just getting enough sleep each night will help you keep your lessons better and reduce your study time.

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Step 2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Your body will function better if you give it the best foods. Avoid sweets as well as junk food and stick to full meals that include fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. This will make your brain more able to function well because you are feeding it the right way.

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Step 3. Drink enough water

Your brain, like the rest of your body, needs enough water to function properly. Keeping yourself well hydrated will allow you to have a brain that is functioning to the best of its ability. So make sure you drink enough water every day.

  • You can count coffee, fruit juices, and tea in your daily water intake. Just remember that fruit juices contain sugar, so you shouldn't overdo it. Even try adding fruit infusions to make it easier to drink water.
  • Although it is generally recommended to drink 8 glasses of water per day, you may take more. Women often need 9 drinks a day, compared to about 13 for men.
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Step 4. Get regular physical exercise

In addition to strengthening your body, physical exercise strengthens your mind. This helps to have good blood circulation and increases the flow of blood to the brain. Try to get some physical exercise every day. For example, you can take a short walk or jog during your breaks. When you return to work, you will have more energy and you will be ready to give your best.

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