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How to Study for Test - An Effective Technique

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How to study for test is certainly the most intriguing question for any student. Working hard for hours without an effective technique can burn you off without paying the return. Students generally are stressed out and feel pressure during exam days and on preparation schedule.

How to study for test

How to take notes

Preparing for a test really starts in the classroom. While you study for test, make your habit to take notes. While in class many students develop a bad habit of not taking notes. They say it’s like a nerd to take notes. But believe me, it works great.

Whenever talking about ‘how to study for test’ I want to put emphasis on effective note taking technique. I often suggest Cornell notes. If you don’t know what Cornell Notes are, please visit this page on The Learning Toolbox. In this technique you draw a line diving page into two halves vertically – the smaller left part and bigger right part. Write notes on the bigger part and questions that are probable to the test on the smaller left part. Similarly, if it suits, you can draw a line at the bottom of page to write summary of your note.

After you study you can cover the right part and look at the questions on the left. Recall the answers for those questions. If you could answer them its great! Otherwise, look at the right and study them again.

The bottom part – summary - can help you great to revisit all the notes pages quickly so that you won’t forget them.

Make your study schedule

Oh! That I hate most. Who doesn’t love to be a jolly free guy? But believe me, schedules can improve your studies a lot while keeping your regular life more intact. All you need to have is discipline and follow the schedule closely.

Allocate everyday time to revise the topics you have already learned, before you go to bed. Little bit everyday accumulates a huge memory aid.

The SQ3R technique to study for test

The title sounds funny but this is most probably the best way to study for test.

Survey: Scan your book for the most important things (They may be in bold, italics, or something else that makes it stand out)
Question: Make practice questions and DO NOT write the answers
Read: Skim your material or read it actively
Recite: Answer your questions you have previously written down (Hint: Talk out loud!)
Review: Review this process until you have it down

25 Tips about how to study for test

  1. Have a goal.
  2. Plan your time.
  3. If you have some extra time, use it.
  4. Start in advance
  5. Know how important the test is
  6. Know what you're being tested on.
  7. Look over everything, fix all your mistakes and try to think about what might be on the test.
  8. Make a Review Sheet and give yourself mini tests.
  9. Type up the questions and write the answers underneath them. Make up flash cards.
  10. Revise, summarize, review.
  11. Study in good place for you.
  12. Study these questions over and over again until you are sure you know them perfectly.
  13. Quiz yourself inside your head, going over the questions and answers over and over.
  14. Make up a song or story that is going to get stuck in your head about the information
  15. Either be ready, or ask for a blank study guide.
  16. Find a method that works for you and don't let others distract or tease you over that.
  17. Start studying early and often, then you won't be in a hurry and you will be prepared for a pop quiz.
  18. Make a schedule and stick to it of the subjects that will have tests on.
  19. Make study notes from the notes you made in class.
  20. Always carry around flash cards with you in case you have a couple minutes to go through them.
  21. Stop Thinking anything else related to the outside world
  22. If you have a sibling, friend or parent that would like to help, ask them to make a sheet for your or just ask you questions.
  23. Review your vocabulary
  24. Never cram the night before or morning of the test.
  25. Don't over study.

Six Don’t about How to Study for Test

  1. Do not wait until the last minute to study. Studying in blocks as opposed to cramming information into the brain at the last minute is proven time and time again to help you remember information during the test.
  2. Don't switch subjects while in session,it will confuse you.
  3. Don't study a second language just after studying one.
  4. Don't skip studying, and try to cheat. You'll either get the questions wrong, or get in trouble. Even if you don't, you'll end up feeling really guilty.
  5. Try not to speak too much with friends before you begin the test.
  6. Thinking negatively never helps! Try to stay positive.



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