Tips for studying for a test or final

Yes! There’s actually a way to study without cramming!
The following are a set of Steps and Tips that we think might help you get that A+ you deserve. There’s really no right or wrong way of studying, if it works for you then it’s right for you. However, there are certain things that are commonly accepted as good practices. We hope you find them helpful.

01. Know what you're being tested on:
Take all the mini assignments (worksheets, study notes, etc.) from the class your studying for and have them all at hand. Most grade school kids have their sheets all in a folder, which is a great idea. An even greater idea is color coding your folders for your classes (ex: red for math, white for writing.)

02. Look over everything:
Trying to think about what might be on the test. Put stars or a mark on that information.

03. Make a study sheet on the computer:
But don't waste all your time making a worksheet. It should only take 5 minutes.

04. Type up the questions and write the answers underneath them:
You might also want to research your topic. If you'd like to use this information, the best thing to do is to print it. Once you've printed it, highlight and take notes of what you've collected that might be on the test. Don't write in complete sentences, as it is too time consuming and makes it harder to memorize.

05. Revise, summarize, & review:
You can either study this information, or sum it up by typing a report that includes everything that you think with be on the test.

06. Study in the best place for you:
This may be, a quiet place where you know you won't be distracted. Or, you might like to go to a school library, where it is reasonably quiet, but, you have the satisfaction that others are watching you study hard!

07. Study these questions over and over again:
Study the questions until you are sure you know them perfectly, so perfectly that you even remember the questions!!!

08. Memorize if necessary:
You can make up a song or story that is going to get stuck in your head about the information. It’s an easy way to remember the information!

09. Either be ready, or ask for a blank study guide:
Fill in the blanks just like you were taking a test, and check for mistakes when you are finished. this can be repeated many times and is a great way to learn tough information.

10. Find a method that works for you:
Don't let others distract or tease you over that. If that means listening to your study notes on your ipod or using goofy flash cards don't worry. You will do better on the test!

11. Start studying early and often:
This way you won't be in a hurry and you will be prepared for a pop quiz.

12. Go to a quiet, nice, relaxing place to study:
While it may be pleasant to have some music playing in the background, make sure the study session doesn't become, an excuse to simply listen to music.

13. Make a schedule:
Once you’ve made your schedule stick to it.

14. Make study notes from the notes you made in class:
Don't just copy them. Highlight the key facts.

15. Write down facts and important things on flash cards:
Carry these flash cards around with you in case you have a couple minutes to go through them.

16. Stop daydreaming:
Stop thinking anything else related to the outside world. For example: Say someone insulted you. Don't confront yourself to the topic but just be in the world of your subject. Stop thinking about your family and your loved ones and at least at that time forget about your expectations that stumble into your mind.

17. Remember: SQ3R:
• S urvey: Scan your book for the most important things (They may be in bold, italics, or something else that makes it stand out).

• Q uestion: Make practice questions and DO NOT write the answers.

• R ead: Skim your material or read it actively.

• R ecite: Answer your questions you have previously written down (Hint: Talk out loud!).

• R eview: Review this process until you have it down.

18. Ask a friend:
If you have a sibling, friend or parent that would like to help, ask them to make a sheet for your or just ask you questions. You’d be surprised at how well you learn it when someone is asking you questions.
• If you have time in sessions because you're done with the subject then go over it to make sure you understand the information.

• If you want, you can give the study sheet to other people to quiz you with.

• Try putting on some classical music while you study.

• Start a study group with other people that need help and maybe a few people that are really good at test taking. This can help make it a little more fun.

• To make it even more fun, make games out of the material and have a competition between you and your friends. For example, play Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire with some of those hard questions.

• A really good way to study vocabulary can be to quiz yourself using flashcards YOU made. Writing reinforces the information three times as well as reading it alone.

• It also helps to review these terms right before you go to bed.

• record the information you don't know well on a tape player, and then play it over and over again, so that it is stuck in you're mind.

• After 30 - 45 minutes, take a 5 minute break to relax and settle down.

• If you are somebody who remembers stuff from movies, songs, etc. then put the things you need to study into the tune of your favorite song. If you are studying something like history then turn it into a puppet show, film it, then watch it over and over again (and also make the puppets funny looking).

• If you're unsure if the questions you have are on the test or not, and you're sure other people will know, ask someone who has nothing against you (no one who is a "competitive tester"; in other words, someone who would give you the wrong answer so they could do better than you on a test).

• Be careful about having a get together at your house to study with your classmates. Make sure you stay on track and keep studying together, or you will waste a whole day! There is nothing wrong with making it fun and maybe playing some games to help you study, and taking breaks when your brains get full, but don't get sidetracked!

• Do not wait until the last minute to study. Studying in blocks as opposed to cramming information into the brain at the last minute is proven time and time again to help you remember information during the test.

• Turn off the TV. it distracts you easily.

• Don't switch subjects while in session... it will confuse you.

• Don't study a second language just after studying one.

• Congratulations!

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