Study tips for exams

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Jason Lin ’24

With the arrival of exams, you might be anxious about how to prepare for such a major assessment. A few study tips could help calm the nerves and help prepare you. (This advice also works for any major test.)

To study effectively, understand what the format of the exam is and what material is covered. This can be commonly found in a study guide that a teacher may give. However, if there is none, it would be a good idea to talk to the teacher and ask questions on what you might expect on an exam. After this step, make sure to gather all the material including class notes, past quizzes/tests, and worksheets. This, way you can learn from your past mistakes on tests and see what your teacher thinks is important.

Another tip is to create a study schedule that helps make sure you are thoroughly preparing. Make a list of the topics you need to study and when you will study those topics. You should start preparing as early as possible so you aren’t cramming the night before. By preparing early, you can make sure you have covered all of the material and it makes the night before the exam a lot less stressful. In addition, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to being productive as you study. The failure of getting enough sleep can make it hard to understand the material and cause you to be easily distracted. This is especially important on the night before the exam as getting a full night of sleep allows you to perform at your highest level on the exam. 

One last tip: understand what keeps you motivated. Whether that be studying with a friend or rewarding yourself with a small phone break after each study session. It is important to find a productive time where you can study without any distractions. Therefore set attainable goals in each study session so you can stay motivated to keep studying. Lastly, remember to not stress too much.

Good luck preparing!