When you study for a test, there are a few things you can do to ensure you are using your time wisely and studying in a way that will help you memorize the material. These three things will prepare you for your test and help you feel confident on the day of the exam.
Many students put off preparing for a test until the night before the exam. This is not a helpful way to study. It can send your stress levels through the roof. Studying late into the night will cut into your regular sleep pattern, and you are not likely to remember the material beyond the test date. You may do ok on the exam, but you will have to learn it all over again if you have any other exams that will cover or build on the same material. Exaggerated stress and lack of sleep can make it hard to focus and concentrate, which can impact your overall score. It is ok to set aside time to review the night before a test, but don’t stay up all night learning material you should have been learning all semester.
To avoid cramming, you should review every night. Go over your notes and your reading from the day and make sure you understand all of the concepts. If you can, spend a little extra time mastering the concepts or committing important facts to memory. Daily review will prevent you from falling behind and help you learn and remember the material as you go, rather than in a single night.
Write things out. Draw pictures. Make an outline. Use your pencil and paper to engage with the material, make important connections, and synthesize what you have been learning. When you only read through your notes and texts, you may not be engaged enough to remember what you have read. Transferring concepts to paper by writing it out will help you remember important information.
A Little Every Day
It doesn’t have to be hard to study for a test. All it takes is a little planning and some diligence to do a little every day. When you plan ahead, you can catch your trouble spots before it’s too late. Then, you will feel confident and ready for the test.