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Studying for the Big Exam

Published on November 17, 2020


Studying for the Big Exam

Knowing what kind of learner you are will help you study for tests and exams. It would be best if you found a way to study that suits your learning style to understand the information and relay it back on a test.

Knowing what kind of learner you are will help you study for tests and exams.  It would be best if you found a way to study that suits your learning style to understand the information and relay it back on a test.

Each style of learner will have a way of studying that helps him to understand and remember the required information.

Find A Place To Study

Location, location, location.  While some people can sit in a crowded cafeteria and not be distracted by what is going on around them, others need quiet and solitude to process information.

Find a place to study that works for you and your learning style.  Not everyone would choose the same type of environment for studying.

Create a routine for yourself where you go to the same place to study if you can.  By establishing a routine, it makes studying a habit, and it will not be hard to motivate yourself to do it.

Make sure you choose a comfortable place to study and that there is adequate lighting.

Decide How To Study

Different courses may require different ways of studying.  Look at the material you are learning and decide how you want to tackle it.

Some people like to read through the notes they made during class.  Some like to make themselves a list of possible questions and find the answers.  You need to evaluate the material you have and decide how to study it so that it is committed to memory.

Depending on the type of learner you are, you may want to make some notes and reorganize information, or you may want to read things out loud.

Be Prepared

Make sure you have everything you need on hand before you start a study session.  It is important to sit down and get to it without having to get up for materials you have forgotten.

Take good notes in class so that you are not missing information.  If you missed a day of school, make sure you get the material from a classmate or your teacher as soon as you return to class.

Set up your study area with anything you need to study for the subject you are working on – notes from class, extra paper, colored pens and pencils, a computer, a glass of water, a small snack – anything that you will want to have on hand when you get to work.

If you struggle to know what you may need, you can create a checklist for each subject of what you should have available for your study session and then go over it before you begin.

Make A Schedule

Find a block of time during the day that you can use to study.  Choose a time when you feel most productive.  If you are tired by 10:00 pm, then 9:00 pm may not be the best time of day to start studying.

Decide when you should study and stick to the same time each day when possible.  Just like finding a place to study and going there all the time helps to make it a habit, so does studying at the same time every day.

Schedule in some small breaks as well.  It can be hard to sit for long periods doing the same thing.  Schedule in short blocks of time when you can have a snack, rehydrate, and maybe even take a short walk.  This will help to keep your body and mind fueled.

Reward Yourself

Study skills have to be learned.  It is not something that necessarily comes naturally to all learners, and it takes some time to figure out what will work best for you.

Rewarding yourself may help to keep you motivated to complete the tasks you need to do.  You can work rewards into your plan.  For instance, maybe after you review one chapter, you can reward yourself by playing the game on the phone you love or checking in with a friend with a few text messages.

Choose a reward that will keep you motivated to get the work done.

Study Until You Are Done

Many people do not know how long to study and often worry and overdo it.  Once you feel you understand the material and you can explain it without having to look at your notes and study sheet, you are done.  There is no need to keep reviewing material you already know.

There is no timeline for how long it will take you to know the material.  Studying a little bit each day will make studying for a final exam much easier. You will already know some of the material, and a quick review of it may be enough.  Spend time on newer material that will need to be committed to memory.

Taking The Test

You have studied, and you are ready for the test or exam!  Go in with confidence, and do your best!

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