Studying for an exam can be difficult. No one particularly enjoys studying. Here are a few tips on how to study for an exam and ace it! Simply putting in the effort can create amazing results!
Understand what type of course you’re taking.
- Are there definitions & terms you need to memorize?
- Or facts & dates?
- Or equations & theories?
The reason you need to understand what type of course you’re taking is because studying for a calculus exam is completely different than studying for a history exam.
In a course where there are many definitions and dates, flashcards are very beneficial. Where needing to know equations is best studied through practice problems. Here are 5 Ways to Study Flashcards!
Start Preparing Early.
If you’d like to perform well on your exam you need to start studying 2-3 weeks in advance. This will give your brain more time to comprehend the material and you’ll feel more comfortable tackling difficult problems.
Simply take a small chunk out of your day, maybe 10-15min. Go over some flashcards or practice problems. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just enough to get your mind thinking about the material.
Here are 8 Creative Study Techniques that will help you ace your next exam!
Set Aside One Whole Day to Study.
This is best done on a weekend or maybe on a day where you have little class time.
Use this day to fully immerse yourself in studying. Create a study guide and a cheat sheet if your professor allows. Go over the most difficult topics or problems.
Take a 5-10min break every hour. Step away from studying while you eat your meals. Also, taking time to exercise this day is helpful for remembering what you’ve studied. Possibly listen to a recorded lecture while walking or running. Read a book while on a stationary bike or elliptical.
Sleep Well the Night Before.
Get a good night of rest before your exam, 8-9hours. Getting enough sleep allows your brain to process all the information you’ve taken in throughout the day.
Use This Printable Checklist.
Good luck on your next exam!
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