Do you have an important exam coming up and you absolutely want to pass it with your fingers in the nose? Do you just want to improve your grades in general? There are a number of tips and exercises that can help you improve your overall GPA significantly and achieve better exam scores.
Part 1 of 4: Learn Effectively
Step 1. Pay attention in class
The best thing you can do to improve your test scores is to pay attention to when you're supposed to be learning the basics: in progress! If you let your mind wander or just don't go to class, you are sure to miss key information and this will show up later in the checks.
Step 2. Take your notes correctly
If you want to save time on your revisions, this is very important. Jotting down information first helps you remember it better, because the exercise requires attention, but this will make it easier for you to find your way around in your lessons during your revisions.
Step 3. Do your homework at home
It is in the homework assignments that you will find the additional information necessary for the success of your tests, for example in the application exercises and the accompanying readings. Doing one's job is therefore very important. Plan a schedule and a quiet place to study, this will help you procrastinate less.
Step 4. Use mnemonic devices and the like
There are a number of ways to easily memorize information, such as numbers, categories, and other lists. Just make sure you learn them well and don't mix them up!
- Mnemonics are phrases that can help you remember the order of certain things. For example, the phrase "Here I Am All Wet I Have Followed A Rainy Cloud" is an effective way to remember the order of the planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The latter is no longer considered a planet, but it can be useful to know its location. Also learn "Rats Try to Run where the Great Outdoors End", it is a phrase that is used to remember the hierarchical order of the taxonomic classification (Domain, Kingdom, Branch, Class, Order, Family, Gender, Species).
- Here is another trick that allows you to remember the sequences of numbers. For example, instead of trying to remember 2537610925, you can separate the digits the way you separate digits in a 25-37-61-09-25 phone number. You can also use this method to remember dates more easily: July 14, 1789 (date of the storming of the Bastille) becomes, like a padlock code, 07/14-89. This method will not give you the century, but you can infer it by locating the events within your curriculum.
Step 5. Practice taking mock exams
You can ask your teacher for them or get them from the internet and print them. This will help you to better realize the extent of your knowledge compared to that required during the exams. It is crucial to know exactly what your weak points are before the exam!
Part 2 of 4: study like a pro
Step 1. Work often
It is not by studying, even ardently, for a few hours the day before the test that you improve your marks. If you really want to pass these exams, study old and new courses every day or at least several times a week. The test will seem as easy as pie, if you do so.
- Take breaks. Stop for about 5-10 minutes every half hour when you are studying. Your brain will thus better absorb the information it receives and it will not be saturated.
- During your breaks, don't overload your brain with other information, even if it's about your favorite star's last gig and not Winston Churchill's foreign policy.
Step 2. Make your revisions and work in a way that is appropriate for your type of learning
You may know that people have different ways of learning from each other. Some people have visual memory, others prefer sounds, some need physical emotions, and so on. See how you work best and incorporate that into your review method.
For example, if you have physical memory, try walking while you study. If you remember information better when paired with sound, listen to music while you work. If you have visual memory, make a list of the information you need to remember
Step 3. Take advantage of your sensory memory
The human brain is good enough to associate smells or sounds with ideas or memories. You should take advantage of it! For example, you can wear an unusual perfume or eau de toilette while you study (with a scent you rarely encounter) and then smell the same during or just before your check-up.
Step 4. Listen to music
Your teacher certainly won't let you have headphones on during a test, but you should at least listen to some music, especially classical music, right before a test. Studies have indeed shown that exposure to certain types of music just before increased mental activity can help, by activating the brain and stimulating attention.
Part 3 of 4: prepare physically
Step 1. Eat right
The most important thing is to eat your fill and not more. You may be distracted and tired if you feel hungry during a check-up. Also, don't eat too much right before, because digestion of certain foods can make you tired. Just be sure to eat a full meal of lean protein before you get a check.
Eating a healthy diet will generally increase your intellectual performance, so make sure you eat a balanced diet to help you learn during school time
Step 2. Sleep well
If you don't sleep, you won't be able to concentrate when you need to! Go to bed early the night before a check-up, rather than going to bed late to study. Your brain won't be able to retain this overload of information anyway.
Step 3. Make sure you have all the necessary materials
Go to your control with your calculator, pens, pencils, blank sheets and any other materials you may need. You could have a hard time without them!
Step 4. Drink plenty of water
Dehydration during a check-up can distract you and reduce your ability to think clearly. Stay hydrated and remember to bring a bottle of water with you to the tests.
Step 5. Don't change your ways
If you are not used to drinking coffee, now is not a good time to start. Don't change anything in your daily routine the night before or the night before exams. It might really confuse you.
Part 4 of 4: Pass the checks
Step 1. Write down the important things first
As soon as the test begins, write the formulas or other important information on a draft before starting to write the questions clean. This will avoid blanks when you need the information later.
Step 2. Address the Problems You Know First
Always finish quick and easy problems first, to which you know the answers. This will allow you to be sure that you have given everything you can in control. If you get stuck, do the next problem where you can respond quickly.
Step 3. Cross out the wrong answers
Once you've answered all of the answers you know, tackle the ones you're not sure. When taking a multiple choice quiz, it can help you more easily decide between the remaining choices, to eliminate answers that you know are impossible or absurd.
Step 4. Look for clues in the other questions
Sometimes the answer to a question may be contained or hidden in another question in the exercise. Read all the questions carefully to help you get your memory going.
Step 5. Never leave blank
Unless you are penalized for wrong answers, never leave a blank. Especially if it is a multiple choice questionnaire: you have at least a 25% chance of having the correct answer.
Regarding the above mentioned, it may help you to go through elimination
Step 6. Measure your pace
Its very important ! Always check the time you have left and try to use it wisely. You can always go back later to improve your answers!
- Study in a quiet place, so that your mind is not distracted while you are studying.
- Don't worry and don't be discouraged if you've had bad grades before. Instead, take a deep breath when you think about it and study that much harder for subsequent exams. This will help you pass your exams.
- There is no shortcut to success. This is the first thing you should remember. For this reason, you have to put in a lot of effort.
- Concentrate. While studying, choose a place where there will be no distractions. To avoid tiring yourself and losing your concentration quickly, also make sure you have eaten well and slept well. Make sure you don't have anything distracting around you, unless you can use them as a work tool (like a cork board where you'll have hung lots of notes taken throughout the year).
- Get rid of all the “time wasters” when you study. This includes TV, computer (unless you need internet access), mobile phones, tablets and even your siblings!
- Revising the fear in the stomach is not a solution, it is rather a waste of time. Get rid of your fear and bad feelings before your exams.
- A good schedule will help. Organize it so that you spend more time on long or difficult topics than on short or easy topics. Remember, however, that you should study all subjects.
- Take notes as you study. Write a summary of your chapter or topic if this is the first time this year that you are studying it or that you are at the start of the school year. This will help you for your future revisions by reminding you of the contents of your topic.
- Make a list of what you need to review, on each topic, and how long you think it will take you. Then use your results to make a schedule for your revisions. Make sure you have given yourself all the time you need and a little extra in each subject. Also make sure you have enough gaps in your schedule to be able to deal with the unexpected. It is important that if something happens unexpectedly during the day, it does not waste your revision time.
- Don't be discouraged by thinking about previous bad grades.
- Reviewing with a very strong desire to do a particular activity in mind is a waste of time. Do whatever you want and only then revise, so your brain doesn't constantly ask you to stop revising. Be careful though, if you don't have anything in mind, don't play (this is an example) before you start studying, finish what you have to do for school and then you can fully enjoy the rest. of your day.
- Try to solve the simpler questions at first, only then tackle the questions that seem more complex.
- Study in phases. Each phase should not exceed 40 min. Take a break between each phase (up to 20 min).
- When preparing for a test or exam, forget that it is just a test or exam and focus on the concrete tasks you have to complete.
- Write clearly and go straight to the point. Don't write down any unnecessary information. Also, don't wrap the right answer in the wrong answer. Write full sentences. Don't expect the examiner to make the connection between your sentences, fill in the blanks, consider using coordinating conjunctions or any other grammatical tool that can help you clarify your work. Tell yourself that your corrector is your little brother and that you have to explain to him what you are doing. Would he understand anything if you just gave him the keywords? No !
- Each topic is unique and requires a specific type of preparation, review and answer to questions. Some competitive exams (such as university entrance tests, for example) require long and complex preparation, while your usual tests during the school year require only one or two weeks of preparation.