Helpful Study Tips

Can you believe it is almost March?!  I can’t, but that means that June is going to be here in the blink of an eye.  With that being said, I want to provide you with some helpful study tips.  These tips should help you finish out the year strong and be prepared for those final exams (that are only a little over 2 months away!).

  1. Location – It is important to choose a place to study that is not distracting to you.  Think about where you study now.  Do you find that you are actually getting anything done?  Do you have trouble focusing on one task?  Study where you won’t be tempted to go on social media, talk to people, etc.

  1. Time management – DO NOT wait until the last minute to start studying.  For final exams, even the week before may not be enough time.  Evaluate your classes and subject matter to determine what you need to focus on and how much time is necessary.  It may be helpful to plan out weekly schedules with set studying times.

  1. Organization – You should have a system where all your notes, handouts, and assessments are for each class.  You don’t want to be going through piles of papers and flipping through notebooks looking for something in particular.

  1. Join a group – Consider joining or creating a study group if you work well with others.  This is a great way to learn from others, ask questions, and test each other on material.

  1. Ask questions and for help – If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask!  In order to improve and understand material, clarification is sometimes needed.

  1. Review notes – Review your notes daily.  Repetition will help you to retain information.  Also, go through your notes and make sure they are complete.  If it seems like something is incomplete, check with a friend or a teacher to fill in any holes.  Also, if they are messy, it may be helpful to rewrite them in a neat, organized fashion.

  1. Get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast – You don’t want to be overtired when taking an exam.  And you don’t want to have your stomach growling in a very quiet room.  Your focus should be on the exam, not how hungry and tired you are.

  1. Be prepared for the big day – Make sure you have everything you need to for the exam together the night before.  Have writing utensils, paper, books, calculator, or whatever it is you need to take a test.

  1. Listen to your teacher! – Your teacher may give you tips on how to study specific material or clues on what to look for on the exam.

  1. Be positive! – Having a positive attitude can make a huge difference.  Don’t focus on your weaknesses or what you can’t do.  Focus on the knowledge and skills that you have.  “I am going to do my best on this exam” is a lot better than “I don’t even know why I should bother studying.”

I hope you find these tips helpful.  Sure, it does seem like you may have to add more time devoted to school work each day.  With time and practice, your newly developed study habits will become second nature.  And just think of the benefits!  When you get those good grades, you will look back and realize it all wasn’t so bad!


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