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How to Study For Exams


Rewriting. Rewriting your notes is great if you're a kinesthetic learner. Also, when you re-write something, you will probably think about what you are writing, what it's about, and why you wrote it down. Most importantly, it refreshes your memory. If you took notes a month ago and just found out that those notes will be relevant in your exam, rewriting them will remind you of them when you need it for your exam.

Find the right hours. Don't study when you're really tired. It's better to study for two hours in one day than to try and cram in that daily hour of studying at two in the morning. You won't remember much and you're likely to stop before you have studied what you need.

Don't cram. Cramming the night before is proven to be useless, because you're taking in so much information at once that it's impossible to memorize it at all -- in fact, you'll hardly retain anything. I know it's been preached to you many times before, but it's true: Studying before and going over it multiple times really is the best way to learn the material. This is especially true with things like history and subjects dealing with theory.

Subjects. If it's math you're studying for, work on the problems. Don't just read over it like you would for a history class, because you can actually do math, but you can seldom dohistory. Working problems out will help burn them into your mind, and remember: if you can't solve the problem before the exam, you won't be able to solve it on the exam either. If you are studying for a more social subject, do your research! Make sure you know what you're talking about!

Surroundings. How do you study best? In your PJ's, or your favorite t-shirt? With music or without? In your room or outside? Regardless, you probably won't be able to study while there are distractions like:

Your darling little brother or sister is running screaming around the house. You are going to end up watchingmovies because they are far too distracting.

Your older brother or sister is bothering you on purpose.

Your music is not relaxing, or is a song you want to sing along to instead of studying.

It's too dark. Your eyes will strain in dim light.

You're in a mess. Clean your room, as the mess around you really can distract you from what you're doing.

Correct lighting. For men, try studying with a dimmer light (though not overly dim). Statistics say that 75% of guys that do this will focus better. For girls, it's indicated that 90% of the time, they study and focus better in a brighter room with little noise.

TV. Some people like to have the TV on quietly in the background. This can cut both ways in that it can distract you from time to time, but also can help you to continue studying. It's a risky strategy to have the TV on: nobody really knows how much it takes away from your attention and may be distracting you more than you realize.

Take Breaks. You need some time to have fun and it is better to revise when you are feeling relaxed than to exhaust yourself studying all day! The only caveat is, you need to avoid procrastination.

Plan: Always create a plan before you start studying, not to mention that this plan has to be achievable. If out of 5 lessons 3 are easy and can be finished fast, finish them first, that way you can spend quality time on the difficult lessons without fretting. Small tricks like these will help you complete your portions quickly.

Review. When you are finished studying one page of your notes, before you move on to the next page, ask yourself questions relating to the material on that page to see if you have remembered what you just studied. It also helps to say the answers to your questions out loud as if you were trying to explain it to someone else.


Finding out who is writing the exam can be helpful. This way, you might be able to understand what sort of questions will be used (i.e: short answer, essays, multiple choice, etc.) Just do not put all your time into finding out who the exam writer is.

Asking teachers for help conveys your commitment to the material, and can be helpful in the future as well as with your exams. Always remember to ask your teachers if you do not know what she is talking about or if you need more information. The teacher will gladly help.

Various university facilities are at your disposal and you probably don’t even know it. There are usually personnel who are trained to help you cope with stress, answer study-related questions, give you study tips and other forms of guidance. Just visit your uni website or ask your professor what help is available.

Sleep well before exams, so your mind will be alert before, after, and during the exam.

Always be hopeful and don't doubt yourself.

Remember this analogy: 'Study without ambition is a bird without wings'.

Study less, with more concentration, if possible. If you want to study for a long time then you can take breaks in between to regain your concentration after you return from the break.

If you are a memorizing person, or want to be, lecture to yourself (out loud) while also using your hands; this way it will be easier for you to memorize. Do a whole section, then move onto the next. Do this until you finish the whole of the chapter you're working on.

The above tip is really effective, especially for a subject like social studies.

Do not study a subject only once. If you have more time you can revise for your studies twice or thrice, but only if you have a lot of time and have revised for all your other subjects at least once or you may forget what you revised.

Sometimes people find it easier to study with a friend, while others find that distraction. While studying with a friend can be lots of fun, don't forget that you're supposed to actually study -- not chat!

Even if you do happen to get a C or lower on your test, many schools now allow students to retake tests, and will average the two scores out. Or, if you are lucky, give you the higher grades. Also, never forget that there is ALWAYS extra credit. Go for it whenever you can.

If you ask help from others, don't joke around . Concentrate on what you are doing.

Always think positive.

Always try to be happy, don't give stress to the personal matter while study


Cheating won't solve your exam problems, it will just end up with getting you busted. Just study well. Getting good grades that were earned honestly will motivate you to study and achieve even more. You'll also feel better when you get your grade!

Although some people find it a "good" idea, drinking absurd amounts of coffee, tea, or any other caffeine source is not a good move, especially on the day before the exam. You'll crash eventually and you'll feel groggy the day of the exam, almost guaranteeing an inferior performance. Just sleep at 10.00 everyday.

You should eat only as much as required. Try not to put stress on both your stomach AND your mind.

Don't study only on the night before the exam. Study everything bit by bit when you come home from school every day. It's no use studying everything in one shot.

Don't depend heavily on the help of others.

Don't be overconfident, always anticipate the hardest question, and then everything will seem easier.

Never be late for exams.

Avoid stress from other people, if at all possible. Don't hang around friends that worry and stress. This will rub off on you.

Start studying at least a week before the exam.

Don't be too dependent on the teacher.

Don't only depend on your friends too.

Ask your teacher what are some things you can do to study for the exam

Understand what is being taught. Ask questions if you don't.

If you fail, don't stress, hence the last tip! You've gotten so far, and you can make it back up there!


Concentrate in the exam and relax.

Study in phases. Each phase should not exceed 40 minutes in time. Take a break after each phase (up to 20 minutes).

Studying while having something in mind that you want to do is a waste of time. Do everything you want first then study; as your brain will not beg you to stop studying. However, if you have nothing in mind, then don't play (for example) before studying - finish your job towards school and then enjoy in the rest of the day.

There is no shortcut to success. This is the first thing you should remember. For this reason, you have to make a great deal of effort.

Each subject has a unique way of preparing, studying and answering its questions. Some competitive exams (university's exams, for example) need a long and complex preparation, while your school exams may need preparation of one or two weeks.

Studying while containing fear inside yourself is a waste. Get rid of fear and any other possible bad feelings before studying.

A good timetable will help you. You may organize it in such a way that a long/hard subject takes more space than a short/easy subject. Remember, however, that all subjects should be studied.

Get rid of any unnecessary 'time wasting mechanisms' while studying. This includes TV, Computer (only if you need Internet access), mobile phones, tablet, or even your younger brother!

Make notes while studying. Write a synopsis for your subject if you are studying it for the first time/ in the beginning of the school year. This will help you in the future (final exams, anyone?) by allowing you to remember the contents of your subjects.

Eat well and sleep well.

Write clearly and be direct to the point. Don't write any irrelevant information. Don't wrap the right answer in a wrong answer. Write full answers. Don't expect the examiner to link your sentences, fill in the space or any other thing. Think that the examiner is your little brother, and you are explaining to him. Will he understand anything by just telling the keywords? NO!

Some studying programs like the IGCSE, SAT, and IB might be expensive. Remember that your parents are the ones behind paying these amounts of money, and that your failure will cause them to pay more.

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