Friday, January 14, 2011

A Few Study Tips to Help With Semester Exams

Yes, you've heard this all before, but that's because it's TRUE! Good luck on semester exams next week... be like a boy scout and "Be Prepared."

1) Set aside scheduled time for yourself to study. Make this appointment something that can’t be changed or interrupted.

2) Take a (short) break every 20-30 minutes...get up, stretch, walk around...after 5 minutes get back to studying.

3) Set aside a space that is free from distractions (ie. TV, computer, stereo, kid brother, etc.).

4) Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water.

5) Practice! Complete all review worksheets, re-take old exams and quizzes (where do you think your teachers are getting their questions from?), go back to Chapter Tests and Reviews. Just like learning a musical instrument or improving a sports skill, you must practice the skills you’ll need on the exams, particularly in math and science.

6) Ask Questions of your teachers, particularly during review days and during the Reading Period.

7) Create a Study Group with a few classmates to meet at lunch, after school, and during the Reading Period. Find a Study Buddy to review with at home or on the phone.

8) Take notes during teachers’ review periods...and ask questions when you don’t understand something.

9) Make flashcards to review foreign languages, unfamiliar science terms, and other unique vocabulary.

10) Ask your teachers what will be on the exam. They’re not trying to surprise you ... in fact, they want you to do well!

11) When reviewing English and Social Studies, visualize events and people that occur in your readings.

12) When a teacher permits the use of notes or notecards, make them and use them!!!

13) Re-write or type your old notes to separate what’s important from what isn’t. Write important events, people, facts, vocabulary on notecards. The physical act of writing the information is one way of reviewing it.

14) Review what’s on old tests and quizzes...your teachers are likely to recycle many of these questions.

15) Read your notes aloud into a recording device and put it on your I-Pod to listen to as you ride to school.

16) When you take the test, do the easy questions first, then go back and tackle the tough ones.

17) When writing on an essay question, take a few minutes to outline your thoughts before you begin writing sentences.

18) Read all questions carefully and thoroughly, to be sure you understand what’s being asked.

19) Go back and review the questions on the exam. Often, a question you answered on the last page will spark a better answer on the first page.

20) When you feel stressed, take some deep breaths, get a drink of water, use the restroom, and start again.