Tips For Studying lEARN HOW TO PASS A TEST WITHOUT SWEATING & CRAMMING

It is rare to find someone who doesn’t have to study to get an "A" on a test. They’re out there…somewhere. If you’re not one of the ones who can lock in class material, lectures and notes without studying, I salute you! These tips are for people who need to study and for whatever reason, they don’t, leading to horrible grades.

On the flip side of the coin, if you’re someone who loses it when the test is placed before you, these tips should help you as well. Don’t be ashamed to seek a tutor or to ask questions in a classroom setting. My instructors of many days ago used to say;

The only dumb question is the one you won’t ask.

STAY ALERT!

PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS!

One thing that will cause you to fail a class is not paying attention during classroom instruction.

Here’s a hint: Whatever your teacher is talking about or showing your class either on a board or through PowerPoint, you will more than likely see it on a test at the end of the week, or in mid-term or final exams.

LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONES ALONE!!!

TAKE NOTES!!!
TAKE GOOD NOTES!!!

Did I mention take notes?

Unless you are one of those people I mentioned earlier, you will need to take notes. When you take notes:

  1. Write down the important points or main idea. You are going to need something to go back to during your study time.
  2. If the teacher repeats a point, there is a very good chance you will see this point on a test.
  3. Review your notes daily. Take your notes home and study them. Compare them to what's in your text or workbook.
Allow Enough Time For Study.

GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO STUDY - EVERYDAY!

This is what I used to do:

  • When I got home from school, I ate a snack. Now that I'm older, I found out the sugary snacks I ate caused me to burnout and fall asleep. So you might want to stay away from candy and cookies.
  • I didn't turn on any distractions such as a television, radio and in today's technologies, cell phones or headphones.
  • I read my notes out loud. For some reason hearing myself repeat what I heard earlier improves my memory of important stuff.
  • The night before a test, I'd review my notes again.

IT'S TEST TIME!!!

Eliminate the answers you know aren't correct!

If you're one of those people who freeze when the test is put in front of you, don't worry, this might help you:

  • Relax! You got this! Breath normally and reflect back on the notes you took and studied.
  • Look at the answers if it's a multiple choice question. Eliminate the answers you know aren't correct. Then pick the best of the two answers that could be correct.
  • Don't spend too much time on a question. Complete the ones you can answer, then go back to the question you skipped.
The Most Powerful Tool You Have Is Paper and Pen.

Computers, cell phones and tablets are okay. But taking notes is the best way to lock things in your memory. Limit electronics for research, finding facts and definitions. Write what you Googled on paper!

Published by: R.A.R.E. Youth Ministries

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