Reviewing for exams is essential to performing well. Even if you have a thorough grasp of the material, you will need to review your notes. Then you can know that you can communicate key concepts and have significant facts memorized. Here are three quick tips to help the process of reviewing go smoothly.
1) Organize Your Time
Plan time to review your course material before a big exam. This could mean reviewing 15 minutes a day, every day for two weeks before the exam or a few hours each day for several days before the exam. Use any schedule that will work with your other commitments and will guarantee enough time to get through all of the material before the exam. Organizing your time will eliminate the need to cram. Cramming usually isn’t helpful for learning or scoring well on an exam. Organizing your time will also eliminate stress as you boost your confidence long before the exam.
2) Choose the Right Space
You may want to choose a public space, such as a library or a coffee shop, to review your course material. Public places may prevent distractions such as tv, your phone, or even getting up to get snacks. However, if you feel distracted in public, you may want to stay home instead. Wherever you study, you will remember the material better when you stay away from distractions and focus on the subject at hand. The Greatist suggests that moving around, studying the same material in different spaces, helps you form more associations with the material. This may cement the material in your memory.
3) Organize Your Notes
Having organized notes will help cut back on the time you need to spend reviewing. If you spend a few minutes every night looking at your notes to highlight a few key concepts or jot down important ideas, you will grasp the material better and remember more information. When it is time to review, your notes will be in order and it will be easy to find key concepts to study.
Excel on Your Exam
These three tips will simplify your exam preparation. Make a plan so that you don’t waste time with distractions or clutter. Being prepared for your exam well in advanced will boost your confidence and reduce stress, which will help you achieve the grade you want.
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