Whether you’re attending a global, international, or local school in your area, exam time can be scary and quite a bit overwhelming. The key to passing those exams and scoring the high grades your parents expect, and you want to receive is how you study and how calm you stay during the exam.
Don’t stress, take your time when studying, and follow the tips below to help you study and make excellent grades on your next test.
Make Sure to Attend Classes
While you may think that cramming the night before the exam and doing all of the homework is enough to help you ace your next test, it simply isn’t. Attending classes is how you learn. The teachers are there to help you understand the material and answer any questions you might have before the test day arrives.
At a global international school, just as with any school, attendance is key to learning and being successful, so make sure you don’t miss any classes that you don’t absolutely have to.
Study Every Day/Prepare Ahead of Time
While it may be tempting, every teacher at a school will tell you that waiting to cram for your exams the night before the test is the worst thing you can do. For example, if you have a test a week from now, set aside the time to study for it for at least 30 minutes each day, then at least an hour the night before the test. In this way, you’re not trying to rush and cram too much into your brain at once or staying up all night and being too exhausted to function the next morning.
Organize Your Study Area
Before you sit down to study, make sure that you have enough room to spread your books, notes, and other needed materials around. It’s frustrating to have things lying on top of one another when you’re trying to study and can be distracting.
Make sure your chair is comfortable, you have enough light to see by, and that your video games are out of sight for the best results. For most students, a tidy, organized environment helps as well.
Cut Out All Distractions During Study Time
Distractions make it too easy to stop what you’re doing and turn to something else that is honestly more fun. During your dedicated study time, you need to cut out all distractions that will stop you from retaining the information you need to pass your test.
Give yourself a block of much-needed study time by turning off the notifications on your phone, sticking to music without words to study, turning off the TV, and closing your door. You should also temporarily block your favorite social media and websites, so you aren’t tempted to check them when alerts come through.
There are going to be times when you feel like studying more than 30 minutes to an hour a day is necessary to do well. When you cram for a test, it’s best to take a break every 45 minutes. Whether it’s taking a walk around the block, getting a drink from the fridge, or just stretching your tired muscles, you’ll do much better and retain more knowledge if you take frequent breaks during your study sessions.
Don’t Skip the Easy Stuff
Even if you’ve been acing that Lit class all year, you still want to take time to study for any upcoming tests you have. Skipping the easy stuff can lead to you failing a test just because you didn’t take it as seriously as say that upcoming Geometry exam.
While you may need to give the majority of your study time to the classes you might be struggling in, make sure to study the other areas as well.
Join a Study Group
Joining a study group can help you tackle any areas of a course that you’re iffy on. You might have answers to questions that they’re struggling with, and they could have answers to questions that you are.
As long as you manage your study group time effectively and don’t let social things get in the way, it’s a great way to prepare for a test with others who have the same class.
Bonus Tip: Know When to Quit
Just as you need to know when to study and when to take a break, you also need to know when it’s time to quit. Getting enough sleep and having a healthy breakfast is just as important as all the studying you’ve been doing. Set a timer and go to bed at a decent hour the night before your test, and you’ll do much better in the long run.
These are just a few of the best tips out there to help you study and do well on any upcoming exam. Remember, study hard, but know when to quit, and you’ll be fine.