Study for a Test or Final
Edited by Debbie, Eng, Ephraim, Leomar Umpad and 1 other
Below you will find out the best way to study for an exam or test. With preparation, hard work and patience, you're likely to achieve success.
It can be very stressful to study for final exams and tests, especially when you don't know what to expect. Some professors or teachers let the students know exactly what to expect on their upcoming test, while others don't. Regardless of the situation that you find yourself in, there are steps that you can take in order to successfully pass your future final exams. Follow the steps below to put forth your best effort toward passing your exams.
- 1Understand the requirements of passing the exam and set your personal goals.Most teachers allow ample study time for students. Take note of the text you'll need for studying, as well as the scoring requirements and other important information. Determine which study points and materials are most important for each particular test or exam so you'll be well-prepared.Advertisement
- 2Devote your study time to the most difficult tests.Don't split your time up between several tests at once, especially if only one or two in particular are more difficult for you. If you already know the material of one test, you can devote your time to the ones you do not understand. This tactic is a win-win situation since you know you'll pass the easier one. Do your best to figure out what the test is going to cover so that you are well prepared, even though you will not know exactly what is on the test at times you will have a broad view on what may possibly be on the test. If you are studying for a psychology test then you will know that its in your best interest to study all things that pertain to psychology that you have studied over the time that you have covered in class. This doesn't allow you to pin point exactly what is on the final exam but will give you something to study to prepare yourself for the future.Advertisement
- 3Find out what materials the test will cover.If you are studying for a psychology final exam, then it's in your best interest to study most of the points covered during your time in the class. This doesn't allow you to pinpoint exactly what is on the final exam, but covering the key information will be beneficial. In some cases, the test will focus on a specific area or time period. Many teachers will explain what to expect so you can be fully prepared.
- 4Begin as soon as possible to give yourself plenty of time to cover all of the material.By starting early, you'll have plenty of time to cover and absorb all of the study material. Some people wait until the last minute, but this isn't an effective method. If it's possible, start studying at least a month prior to the exam. A lot of exams are announced a month or two before the official exam date, so take advantage of the time.
- 5Tap into your best study method, whether it be listening, reading aloud or writing down the information.Most people know their most effective study methods. If you aren't sure what works best for you, do what feels the most comfortable. Whether you prefer reading quietly, jotting down notes or listening to lectures, always do what works best for you and keeps your attention. Combining several methods can be very effective, or ask a friend or family member to quiz you on the material.
- 6Take breaks and eat snacks while studying.Don't study non-stop without taking breaks. You need to give your brain a rest sometimes so you can absorb the information. Low blood sugar can impact your ability to take in and process new information, so take breaks and eat small, healthy snacks every few hours. Likewise, overeating is not recommended either. Overeating can make you feel sleepy and less likely to absorb more information.
- 7Set an end date for your study period.Don't burn yourself out by studying until the last minute. Give yourself a few days to relax and let your brain rest before the exam date. If you need to brush up right before the test, use flash cards or look over some notes. It's important not to overload your brain a day or two before the test.
- 8Set an end date for your study period.Don't burn yourself out by studying until the last minute. Give yourself a few days to relax and let your brain rest before the exam date. If you need to brush up right before the test, use flash cards or look over some notes. It's important not to overload your brain a day or two before the test.
- 9Sleep for at least eight hours the night before the test.If you complete your studying ahead of time, you can relax knowing that you've done all you need to pass the final exam. Sleep for at least eight hours so you'll feel bright and refreshed at test time.
- 10Get your brain moving on the morning of the exam.Read a book, check out some flash cards or notes, take a walk or do something to get your brain working before the exam. Avoid watching too much TV.
- 11Eat a balanced breakfast on the day of the test.You don't need a huge breakfast, but eat something balanced so you won't be hungry and you'll have plenty of fuel for the exam.
- 12Avoid caffeine if possible.Coffee is useful when trying to get yourself going for work, but it's not always the right choice before a test. Once the caffeine wears off, you'll likely be left feeling more sluggish than before, so take that into consideration.
- 13Chill out and relax while waiting for your test to start.If you are not relaxed, you might second guess your answers, which can prove to be a big mistake when taking your finals.
- 14Keep social contact with other students to a minimum before the test to avoid nervousness.Know that you are ready for this test. Once the paper hits your table, go for it!
- 1Gather all of your papers, notes, books and any other study materials.
- 2Review the information at least three times.
- 3Meditate and study what you're reading.Recite the information in your mind or read it aloud.
- 4Make copies of practice tests, and retake them yourself after each study period.Repeat the test-taking process after study sessions. This helps you better absorb the information.Advertisement
- Always find a nice, quiet place to study.
- Don't study too much at one time. Give yourself a break.
- Invite a friend over to practice with you. Have them ask quiz you from your tests or notes.
Follow these guidelines for successful test results!
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Leomar Umpad, Ephraim, Eng