Finals are on the horizon and you want to get the best grade possible, but you find it hard to avoid distractions and can’t seem to get the jist of studying in general. Ass students, myself included, find studying for exams somewhat difficult at times. So since I am a nice person, I will provide my readers with the 10 steps I take while I study, so that you too can receive an A on your next test!
1. Take really good notes: May sound vague, but what I’m trying to say is that the better your notes are the better chance you have on studying the right material.
2. Participate in class: One great way to receive extra points from your teacher, and get on the right track if you are confused about a topic, is to raise that hand of yours and have the teacher explain it more. Asking for clarification of a topic is always a good idea.
3. Highlight major topics in your textbook: This will help you to remember what your teacher said was important and what you should review for the test. (Remember: you should only do this if you OWN your textbook, not if you are renting it or borrowed it.)
4. Organize a study group with students in your class: Bringing a team effort to your study hours is also a great way to figure out if you’ve missed anything and to learn from others who understand the material more clearly than you do.
5. Switch up your study spots: Continuing to study in one spot can be boring and make you want to get up and leave. Pick a new spot every hour, but make sure it’s quiet so you won’t get distracted.
6. Never pull an all-nighter: Cramming can give you anxiety which causes you to retain less information.
7. Begin to study 1 month before the test: This will give you more than enough time to understand the material and ask questions if needed.
8. Eat a snack: We should all eat healthier in general, but leading up to a test is a time to pack on the high fiber, fruits and vegetables. They will be the best for your performance.
9. Exercise: Slipping in some cardio will do the brain some good. Engaging in 20 minutes of activities that will get your heart pumping can improve your memory. Take a walk around your block or up-and-down the stairs to get some fresh air and a simple workout.
10. Get a good night sleep: 8 hours a night is what all of us should be getting, but for those of us who have a test coming up, that 8 hours will give you the energy to stay focused!