4 Tips to Properly Study for an Exam

Exam season is buckling down. Before you go haywire on studying, let us teach you how to study efficiently. Believe it or not, many students waste precious hours of study time by studying the wrong way for their exams. Knowing how to properly study for an exam is the first step in acing it. Follow our strategies and be ready for those dreadful exams.

1. Preview Your Notes Before You Begin Studying

Before you dive right into memorizing every single page of your notes, first briefly skim them so that you get a general overview of the material that you will be studying. This will help give you an idea as to how you should go about studying for this exam in the best possible way. Not only that, but it will also help you mentally organize the material. For example, if you skim through your biology notes, some pages may cover the parts of the cell, mitosis, and meiosis. You know that these topics intertwine and go together, so study them together. Other pages of your notes may include bacteria and viruses. Study these topics together once you are done with the previous topics. Finding ways to interconnect the material can be crucial in helping you understand and remember it.

2. Use Outlines and Graphic Organizers

Another way to understand how all of your topics are interconnected is by using an outline or a graphic organizer. This helps you visualize your notes. In order to understand  the main ideas of cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, you can create a web to link all of these topics together. If you are studying for a history test, you could create a timeline that includes all of the important events and people that will appear on your history test. For visual learners, this will be extraordinary helpful as you are able to visualize your material while taking your exams.

3. Use Mnemonics While Studying

Mnemonics always serve as a great way to help you memorize all types of information. Simply make one up that you know you can remember. Some of the more famous mnemonics include:

Taxonomy: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.                             “Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools”

Lab Research: Problem, Research, Hypothesis, Experiment, Data, Analyze, Conclusion, Communicate                                                                                                                           “People Really Hate Eating Donuts And Cold Cider”

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Metric Units: Kilo, Hecto, Deca, Deci, Centi, Milli                                                                       “King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk”

4. Rewrite Your Notes

Do not think that you can simply recopy your notes and expect for it to stick in your mind.  What is more efficient would be to rewrite the important ideas, concepts, and bits of information throughout your notes so that it sticks. Try summarizing the sections of your notes into your own words so that you can understand it and explain it to yourself better. As you read through your rewritten notes, figure out what topics and concepts are most important. Then, make an outline from the most to least important. Rewrite and summarize your notes again. Repetition always helps make the material stick in your brain.

There you have it. Follow our tips and cruise into those exams without a problem. Good luck!


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