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1. Managing a Plan
First things first, you have to map out your study plan: How much time will you spend studying? How long are your in-between breaks? What's your worst subject? Your best one? I'll give you an example with my own study plan:
So I take six courses: Biology, US History, Geometry, English, Health, and Writing. I spend my time on the subjects that I'm worse at, and my mediocre subjects. So I spend about four hours studying Bio, Geometry, History and English (one hour for each subject). Sometimes I switch a little in which class I'm studying for, and take five minute-breaks between hours.
Spend more time studying your not-so-best subjects, and take short breaks every now and then. It's up to you.
2. Study Guides are your best friend.
Your teacher will probably give you a study guide to give you an insight on the exam, so you know what kind of questions will be there! So please, please, PLEASE don't throw it away or something (believe me or not, one of my friends would do that). If your teacher doesn't give you a study guide, you can ask him/her what material will be on the exam, what kind of questions are coming your way, etc. Don't be shy to ask. After all, you've got to get ready for the exam, right?
Review your study guide(s) multiple times, or if you have older study guides, then good for you, because you can use those too! Dwell a little more on the questions you have difficulty answering.When you get a question wrong on your study guide, try to memorize how you were wrong, and what was the right answer, and why it's the right answer. It's called learning from your mistakes.
3. Get help when you need it.
Many students don't ask for help when they need it, and that's a big no-no when it come to passing your exams!! If you feel hopeless on a certain lesson or topic or subject, go up to your teacher and ask them for help after school if you need it. You can also ask a friend to help you out. It may seem a bit pointless of me to make a whole point around asking for help, but I can't help but notice how so many students skip out on this part ; I used to do it, and of course it didn't help me out in terms of passing.
4. Some Study Tips:
- Get some sleep to boost your memory and to feel energized.
- When you study, pretend you'll have to teach whatever you're studying to increase attention.
- At the end of each studying session, write down a small summary of what you have learned to retain the information.
- When reading something, read it out loud to remember it better.
- Test yourself a lot! This will help you track down your knowledge, and you can use anything to do it, from online quizzes to study guides and everything in between!
- You can Google "side:edu (insert subject) exam" to get practice problems that may be similar to what's going to be on your test.
- This one is a bit out of the blue, but chocolate is great to help you concentrate!
5. The Day of the Midterm
Make sure to have lots of sleep the night before, and have a healthy breakfast so you can think straight. Once you get to school, review your notes and/or study guide (I usually write the answers on it). Don't get anxious. This is a pretty common struggle, but it can lower your grade! Take a few deep breaths, and remember, if you've studied well, you will pass!
During the test, don't stress over something you don't know or can't remember; just skip it and come back to it later. Spend more time on questions you know, and if you're trying to solve something you don't know, try guessing it. Remember as much information as you know which is related to this question, or if it's a multiple choice, eliminate the choices with what you know. When you're done, review it and check for any mistakes. Even if you looked back at your paper, look back at it again to be 10/10 sure.
Well, that's it for this article! I sure hope this is useful, and remember: It's stupid to wish for an A but study for a B! Put lots of effort into studying because that's what makes it count! Good luck!