Do you have to take exams soon? Are you wondering how to prepare for them? You can totally indulge yourself in high school with your hands in your pockets, but unfortunately college is on a slightly different level. Would any good advice be helpful to you?
Part 1 of 3: What to do before you start studying
Step 1. Make a schedule with all of your exams
Arrange them by date so that the one you take first is at the top of the sheet, then below the next exam, then the next, and so on. Read the syllabus for your lessons that may have been distributed to you.
- Your time is precious as exam time approaches - every minute counts. This is why planning your revisions is essential during the weeks (um, the days) before the exams. In order not to go completely nuts during this stressful time, also plan your revisions realistically. Allow yourself time to take breaks, either way you will take them and absolutely make a hierarchy according to the courses that you will need to study the most.
- The course schedule is one of the most important documents your teacher will give you. Hang on to this program! You can use it when you are a student for your final year exams as an overview of your courses. It can also highlight topics that are found to be interesting and important by your teacher, some topics may appear more than others and those topics are definitely the ones you need to focus on the most.
Step 2. Highlight things and be creative
Are you just learning the words from the course? If the answer is yes, enter them into word processing software and print them out. Don't put words you already know on the list. You absolutely must be sure that you have learned them well before removing them from the list.
Go through your notes and highlight the main vocabulary concepts and words (using different colors!). Arrange all of your classes according to your preference. Make cards and charts to make revisions easier. Make cards for various categories, for example cards for terms and / or concepts, others for formulas, and still others for specific quotes from the bibliography you have been given to read
Step 3. Persuade a friend of yours to come with you
And if he's in your class, so much the better (for him and for you). However, make sure it's someone who is serious about studying, if you're both slackers you won't be very productive. Working with a friend is beneficial if you can stay focused.
Take turns explaining to each other the terms and concepts to remember. If you can explain it to someone else (and that person is able to follow you), you probably got the lesson right and it will show on the exam
Step 4. Mark out a good part of the course to be studied
Study in a quiet place, in a comfortable chair that you can spend a fair amount of time on. If you have found the ideal chair in a place that is not so ideal, move it around. If it's not glued to the floor, there's a reason.
- Or, rather, you can determine several places (yes, plural) where to study. Believe it or not, according to several studies (always in the plural), if you change your environment when you learn your lessons, you will remember more things. In a way, as if by magic, the fact that your brain is surrounded by new stimuli makes the information more interesting and therefore easier to remember. So if you have ants in your legs, listen to your instincts and go find a new chair that you can curl up in.
Step 5. Gather all your documents (and also some goodies)
When you leave your room or apartment, make sure you have everything you need and even a little more. Gather all your papers, files, miscellaneous pencils and books you need, but be careful not to forget what is almost more important: a bottle of water, a little money (just in case), your headphones, and something to eat.
As if by magic, chocolate is starting to be seen as the new superfruit. It contains a lot of antioxidants and healthy plant compounds, more so than most fruit juices. So you don't have to feel guilty for grabbing a bar of dark chocolate when you walk into the classroom. In fact, you are probably doing yourself a great favor
Part 2 of 3: What to do during reviews
Step 1. Start writing
Do whatever you think can help you study. There are dozens of methods to review, try as many as you can and you'll see what works best.
- Summarize. If you have to learn science or history lessons, you need to find another learning system. Summarize each chapter and learn it.
- Use mnemonic devices. Why did the United States enter World War I? Let's see, everyone knows it's because of SPRENCZ. What is SPRENCZ? Well, these are the Ssubmarines, the Propagande, the Russes, the links Eeconomic with Europe, violations of the NOTeutrality, the links VSultural with Great Britain and the telegram Zimmerman, of course. Through this, it will allow you to remember things and you can easily expand on them in an essay.
- If you are doing index cards, recite them aloud. It will be easier to memorize them. When you read them in silence, you are too passive. Take them with you and browse them when you have a little time.
Step 2. Take frequent breaks
If you study nonstop for 5 hours, it will not be profitable for you. Your body (and even your brain) needs a break. Eat something and drink a glass of water or milk. Revise for 20-30 minutes, then take a 5-minute break and resume revising for 20-30 minutes. This will teach you a lot more.
According to the Dartmouth University Skills Center, you should study by increasing the sessions from 20 to 50 minutes and giving yourself a 5 to 10 minute break between each session. For best results, study for a full week
Step 3. Listen to music
Many people have heard of the Mozart effect. It's when you listen to Mozart and it miraculously makes you smarter. Unsurprisingly, it is largely rubbish. However, there is a bit of reality in this theory and it holds true for all music.
The original Mozart study was done on young adults, not babies (so you're in luck). And while the music in no way made the participants smarter, it did stimulate brain alertness for about 15 minutes after listening to the music. When the study was extended, it was able to show that any music (as long as the participant enjoys it) can stimulate the brain, not just Mozart's music. And indeed, it will give you the same effect as if you stand up and go for a run or do side split jumps. So find some way to exercise your brain
Step 4. Vary your revisions
Not only will your level of attention benefit, but, on the other hand, your brain will absorb the lessons more easily. Rather than sticking to the vocabulary, revise it, then move on to learning the concepts, then read passages from the course.
Did you know that musicians practice music by alternating scales interspersed with real pieces of music and rhythmic exercises? And that athletes never do the same exercises twice in a row? They do what you should: they use a skill set at the same time. Your brain will be more impressed if you do this
Step 5. Study together
Studying in a group can motivate you to get started when you are having a hard time motivating yourself, on the other hand, if you have to explain difficult concepts out loud it will help you distinguish between the things you understand and the ones you still need to. reviewing and bringing together a group to study together will allow you to pool your knowledge of definitions of terms and explanations of concepts. And if each member can bring something to eat or drink, that's one more reason to get together!
Ask each student to prepare for the review session by bringing in some practical exercises or hints (eg what they find most complicated). The group can collectively find answers, solve most of the burning questions that each person has. However, don't adopt a group mindset and drift off your goal! And make sure everyone is sharing correct information, otherwise the whole group will unwittingly take a wrong path
Part 3 of 3: What to do right before the exam
Step 1. Get enough sleep
You take risks if you have a sleepless night. While most students think that studying through the night will help them remember more for the exam, the reality is that a sleepless night can lower your grades. An exhausted student cannot concentrate on his exam, and last-minute revisions can actually decrease the amount of information you can memorize. On the contrary, a well-rested student is much more relaxed and alert when exam time arrives. Save time to sleep, you will thank you later.
Cramming is useless. It is generally thought of as a freshman trick, which means that good students and alumni quickly realize that it doesn't work. What you can gain in extra study time will not compensate for the fact that your alertness and ability to concentrate will be reduced due to lack of sleep
Step 2. Eat breakfast
Not only is it good for your body, but also for your mind. It is harder to concentrate when you are hungry. However, don't eat anything that can upset your stomach.
Although tempting, avoid over-stimulating yourself with caffeine. It will only make you more nervous. Be satisfied with your usual breakfast, the habits are comforting
Step 3. Have confidence in yourself
It might sound completely silly, but being confident and thinking that you will do well can help calm you down and ultimately make you do well. And let's be honest, you did what you could. Therefore, do whatever makes you think you are going to be successful. It will pay off if you don't find yourself sweating and fingers shaking with nervousness.