How to Study for a College Exam

How to Study for a College Exam
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    Faced with multiple college exams over the coming days, you know that some exams will come easy while others will be a challenge.

    Likely, there is one exam that will require for you to invest an extra amount of studying.


7 steps to help you cram for a test.

Cramming is how you’ll get prepared and I’m going to show you how to do that and get a higher grade.

1. Plan your time

– If your exam is tomorrow, then there is no way to guarantee that you’ll get a good grade. What you need is several days to study and prepare, something you can do by setting aside several blocks of time. This means that if you’re working part-time while taking classes, you should ask to be relieved of your work while you’re studying.

2. Get plenty of rest

– A well rested body is one that is ready to study. If you are tired, you’ll find it difficult to sleep. Get adequate sleep leading up to your exam and you’ll be able to concentrate on your studying and focus on your test.

3. Set a goal

– If you’re a “C” student, you may find it a challenge to ace your exam. Be realistic – if a “B” is within reach, then aim for that grade. You’ll get all worked up for nothing if your expectations are not realistic and may end up with a low grade after all.

4. Review your notes

– Your notes will go far in helping you to do well on your exam. If you’ve taken good notes, then you’re all set. If not, you’ll need to beg, plead and borrow notes from another classmate. These days, your professor may post those notes online. However you receive them, you’ll want to have them organized for studying.

5. Break it down

– You’ll need to divide your notes up into segments. For example, if there are four main topics that will be on your final exam, then you can divide up your notes accordingly. Take each topic and study block by block. Or, divide your notes into manageable segments and study bit by bit. Consider rewriting your notes on 3×5 index cards as a way to retain what you’ve learned and to highlight the key points. Yes, you can do this just as easily on your laptop or tablet.

6. Get some rest, eat

– Cramming all at once will make it more difficult for you to retain what you’ve learned. You’ll grow tired, hungry and your mind will wander. Get some rest by taking a nap, heading off to bed at night or both. Limit your carbs, eat fish and other brain foods and go light on the coffee.

7. Pull it together

– Just before you head off to class, do a quick review of your notes. Look over your index cards and concentrate on the one area where you are weakest. If you have trouble remembering a point, form an acrostic. For example, MADS can stand for multiply, add, divide and subtract, four elements of math. This is a simple example, so come up with your own memorable acrostic to help you succeed.

Once you’re ready to take your exam, pace yourself. If you don’t understand a question or cannot complete an essay, then move on and work on what you already know. Save the rest for last, allowing enough time to reread the question and to formulate your response.

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