How to revise the day before an exam (with pictures)

How you organize your reviews depends on the topic. First of all, there are some subjects like math and science that require you to demonstrate that you know how to apply formulas and theories. You may need to show that you have read and understood certain information, for example in literature or history. Foreign language exams are the third major category of exams. While there are other areas of study, these three categories should cover most of the strategies available for studying before an exam. Once you have studied the subject, you need to go back and build on your knowledge to get the best grade possible.

Steps

Part 1 of 4: Quickly Learn Formulas and Theories

Step 1. Write down what you need to know

For math, science and similar subjects, you should have an idea of ​​the concepts that the teacher will test during the exam. Write them down on a piece of paper so that you can check off the ones you have reviewed. It also gives you a way to organize the concepts in your head.

• Find some practice problems. You can try to find it in your textbooks, in the exercises you did not do in class or at home, or in the review pages of your school book. A study guide would also be welcome.
• If you don't have materials to practice the problem, you can create some yourself. Even if it takes you more time, it could be useful in helping you learn the concept. After all, to write an exercise you need to have some understanding of the problem or the formula.

Step 2. Attempt to resolve the problem

You should try to jump in to see if you get the theory or not. This will allow you not to waste your time on a problem that you can already solve. By prioritizing certain things, you'll end up having less research to do in your notes and textbooks when you're stuck.

• Once blocked, use your notes to resolve the problem.
• Homework also helps you find solutions to problems like the one you are working on.

Step 3. Try the first concept again

After you've used your notes to solve the first practical problem, try a different one. Your goal is to be able to solve each type of problem without using your notes. If you get there after the second or third try, you can move on to the next concept.

Repeat the process until you have mastered the concept completely

Step 4. Go to the next concept

Work your way down your list using your book as you go through practical problems. You need to move down the list quickly, but you still need to make sure you remember the formulas you need. You'll be much less stressed later if you've taken the time to memorize everything.

Step 5. Create and run your own tests

Creating your own tests helps you in so many ways. First of all, you have to think through the theory or formula in your head to find a practical problem. Then, coming back to it and fixing the problem, you'll go through all the steps of the process on paper and see which methods work and which don't.

Organize the exercises the same way you organize your notes. Follow each concept or chapter with a heading, then create two or three practice problems

Step 1. Write down the major concepts you need to master

Contrary to popular belief, the humanities like French or history are not just an exercise in memory. Knowing the importance of the ideas you read is much more important than just repeating them. The exam is likely to include some writing elements and this is a space to impress your teacher.

• Be aware that it is very difficult to revise for an exam that will ask you to discuss the importance of major themes and concepts, because it is not that you can quickly check with mnemonics.
• Try to formulate broad questions and find the answers. For example, if you are studying for a history exam, you might try questions like: "What were the major factors that contributed to the start of the French Revolution?" Then make a list of these factors and their role in the Revolution.

Step 2. Write down as many specific terms as possible

Even though learning major concepts is the goal of a social studies exam, you will still be expected to know certain names, dates and terms. Go through your notes and write down as much as possible. You may not be able to remember them all, but by writing them down you will be able to register them better in your mind so that you can access them more easily later.

• For a history exam, look for names, dates, periods, organizations, political movements, etc.
• For a French exam, write down the names of the characters, the authors, the years, the main works, the literary movements, etc.

Step 3. Group similar ideas

The next step in retaining ideas before a review is to develop associations between those ideas. This mind map will help you relate the terms to general concepts. If you want, you can even draw a map or spider web between the names and dates to help you visualize the connection between them.

Step 4. Learn names and dates

Now that you have assembled some basic concepts with some major terms in your mind, you need to learn more details. The best way to do this is through repetition and memorization. Rote learning can be difficult, but it's the only solution that works.

• Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper. Write the name or date on the left side and what you need to know on the right side.
• Fold the paper in half and only look at one side. It's a simple way to test your knowledge.

Step 5. Go back

Test your knowledge of concepts that you have already reviewed. Each time you reinforce what you have already learned, it imprints itself more deeply on your mind. It will be easier for your brain to access the information the next day during the exam. However, if it's already late, you should go to bed and let your brain do the rest while you sleep.

Part 3 of 4: Revise for a language exam

Step 1. Write down the lessons you need to know

You have to learn all aspects of the language over time, but you don't have the time now. Don't try to become bilingual overnight, you're not going to be able to. Instead, by focusing your learning, you will be able to demonstrate your mastery of the concepts that will earn you good marks.

• Pick up a few examples of useful vocabulary, for example words for cooking, transport, animals, etc.
• Pick out some examples of important grammatical units like irregular verbs, past tenses, and adjective endings.

Step 2. Use flashcards for vocabulary

Write the word in French on one side and the translation in the language you are learning on the other. Cut them in half to be able to keep them better. After all, you don't need a lot of space to fit in a word or phrase.

Drawings are also a great way to make it easier to associate a concept with a word in a language foreign to your brain. For example, if you try to remember the word “die Gabel” in German (the fork), you might remember the concept more easily by drawing a fork on the other side of the card rather than writing “fork”

Step 3. Write sentences to practice grammar

Even though it sounds off-putting, it's the best way to learn grammar. Write a sentence with each of the tenses or each of the endings. Then you can choose to write more sentences or reread the ones you have written to partially memorize them. Grammar is an essential part of languages, you need to spend time practicing it.

Step 4. Practice speaking aloud

If you have moved beyond the beginner's courses, your exam may also involve an oral part. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to get there if you've already studied. When using flashcards, say the word out loud before turning the card over. Likewise, say the sentences you write out loud. This will get you used to saying the words you need for the next day's exam.

• Make sure you pronounce the word correctly. Some languages ​​have easier pronunciations for beginners to learn than others, but your teacher will respect your efforts during the exam.
• Pronunciation aloud will also help you become familiar with periphrasis. It is about finding ways to say what you want when you can't remember the word. For example, if you cannot remember the word fork, say something like, "This is a small kitchen utensil used for eating, but it is not a spoon or a knife." Your teacher might not give you the best mark, but they will be impressed with your ability to use the language to describe what you want.

Part 4 of 4: Developing Good Review Habits

If you only have a few hours to review your exam, every minute counts. A smart plan of attack will allow you to learn the most important concepts for the exam. You need to spare yourself the little details when organizing yourself so that you have enough time to revise.

• Find out what information the teacher gave you about the exam: study guides, lesson plan, and more.
• Divide your time according to the study units or chapters you need to know. If there is one bigger than the other, adjust your time accordingly.
• Note the location of the chapters and your personal notes for each chapter.
• If you know in advance what you need to learn, write it down quickly so you have a goal for each chapter.

Step 2. Study for short, but focused periods

Try to study for 45 minutes before taking a break. This will help your brain to stay focused and perform at its best. Get up and go for a walk and don't look at your computer screen. Try eating an apple or two slices for energy.

Step 3. Don't study in bed

Your brain associates bed with sleep. The first problem that appears when you study in bed is that you feel tired and your studies are less effective. The second problem is that you are going to slowly reconfigure your brain by making it associate the bed with a waking state. It will be even more difficult for you to fall asleep when you want to.

• If you don't have an office or a place to study, try on the kitchen or living room table.
• The sofa could be a comfortable place to work, but it is also too comfortable. If you find yourself more tired on the couch, go study on the table.

Step 4. Get enough sleep

You might think that by studying at night you'll be able to remember more things for your exam and that's a good idea. However, studying all of the concepts in your book is not going to get anywhere if you are already tired. You should study what you can and go to bed. After all, you should be okay with not getting a 20/20 on this exam. Getting enough sleep will help you optimize your performance during the exam.

Step 5. Wake up

Remember to leave enough time to prepare. You don't have to wake up so late that you are rushing to prepare and putting pressure on yourself. However, you don't have to wake up so early that you have too much time to eat your blood. Review the night before, sleep, and wake up in the morning to get ready for school.