Whether you are a high school student or a college student, everyone goes through the same thing when it comes to exams. I wasn’t really the type of girl in school who studies a lot, I wasn’t the type who aced all my exams – I was just the average kind, I guess. I just had a lot of fun in school and I wasn’t really pressured with any projects or exams. You may call me happy go lucky type of person, or you might say I just don’t care but I believe that if you prepared for the upcoming projects and exams – there is no need for you to worry at all. Plus, having a positive mindset always helps any students perform well in everything they do at school.
Here are a Few Tips and Key Points to every High School and College Students in preparation to their Exams:
1. Create a Study Group for Exams – It may be tricky at times to create a study group as sometimes, some of your beloved classmates might just fool around. I would say create a small group of those who are really interested in passing the exam. Make a specific topic to work with including the key points to prepare for the exams. Discuss and quiz each other is really ideal in this kind of situation. I like the fact that you understand everything better that way as you learn from your group mates, too. You can also make studying enjoyable by using flashcards from Cram.com for the study material and mini quiz among your group.
PS. Whenever we have study session with my classmates, I always, always, always pass the exams so I highly recommend to have study sessions together!
2. Study Efficiently – Whenever you have the time to study, please do! I tend to cram a lot during my college years. It’s not really a good thing – sometimes, it does but most of the time, it really doesn’t. Some people can cram and some people just can’t. Studying and going over your review materials is the best way to learn. Also, remember.. you can’t cram history – it’s just too hard, lol! It would also be wise to know what kind of learning style suits you. Are you a visual learner who needs photos and illustrations? Or are you the type who needs to needs some hands on exercises and write all the details yourself? Or should you hear everything repeatedly to remember things? Find out what works best for you.
3. ASK FOR HELP – When you don’t understand anything – don’t be afraid to ask your teacher, professor or classmates (who knows the material) for some help. After all, school is a place for students to practice their communication skills, too. It’s better to ask early than later when you are already far behind.
PS. I had troubles with that during my high-school days, lol! So yeah, I am not saying to be a study geek, but at least try to understand the materials.
4. Listen and Take Notes – This is my favorite thing to do in class. I don’t participate much in orals but whenever I hear a key point from a teacher, I would put notes down on my material. It helps me for future reference and to understand it more. It is very helpful every exams. Making a study guide using your own notes will help, plus, if you are kinesthetic learner like me – just writing the study guide yourself is like mind mapping the whole subject materials which always helps me ace my exams. Plus, Google is your best friend – do a lot of research, it will help you tons!
5. Sleep Right. Eat Right. – It’s very important for students to be able to fuel your body. Having a good night of sleep and a well-balanced diet helps to get all those body function going well, especially your brain. Going to class or any exams on empty stomach but only a Starbucks of coffee would just give you a headache and you won’t be able to concentrate so well, too. (Oh, trust me, a lot of my school mates does the Starbucks coffee trick especially during exam days!) It’s also good to always bring a bottle of water and a snack to keep your stamina going all throughout the day.
PS. As a habit, I always bring candy with me during exams – as candy does helps lessen the stress, enhances your concentration level which are perfect in exams.