10 learning tips to do well in your tests
“YOU FAILED YOUR TEST,” are words you never hope to hear your professor say.
In order to prevent that, Lifestyle now presents to you the best tips to ace your exams regardless of their difficulty.
How to “A”ce your exams?
1 – Know your learning style.
Do you study best through images or music/sound? Or do you study better through body movements and gestures or text and words? Do you prefer studying in a group or alone?
If you determine your learning style, studying becomes much easier in order to do well in tests since you know what suits you best.
2 – Study in advance.
Do not procrastinate and study only a day before the exam, because your brain doesn’t have enough time to store all the information, especially when it comes to things you have to memorize.
3 – Focus, ask questions, record lectures, and take notes in class.
While it might not always be easy to focus in class, it is a vital aspect for acing your exams.
In order to remain focused, it is also important to ask questions and take notes by hand, since the brain learns the information written by hand better.
Also, if you can’t catch everything the professor is says, it might be handy to record the lecture and listen to the parts you’ve missed at home.
4 – Get enough sleep.
Sleep is very important since while sleeping, the brain stores and organizes everything you learnt throughout the day.
Therefore, cramming the night before for an exam and getting minimal sleep will not allow you to perform your best.
5 – Study in a clean and quiet environment.
The environment around you plays an important role while studying, so make sure your table is clean and you don’t get frequent interruptions and distractions.
5 – Re-write your notes.
Writing notes in class definitely helps you memorize, but what allows you to memorize even better is rewriting this information.
In fact, it is best if you rewrite all the important material including the important parts in the slides, your book, and your notes, and then solely revise from what you have written.
6 – Use mnemonics.
The most famous mnemonic, ROY G. BIV, is widely used in memorizing the colors of the rainbow, with each letter standing for the first letter of the color; so if you ever get stuck in having to memorize something, you can always use this technique.
8 – Take short but more frequent breaks
Since studying several hours in a row might be tiring, it is important to take several small breaks to refresh yourself and get back on track.
9 – Listen to music.
Listening to music might make the studying process more enjoyable.
Different types of music might suit different kinds of courses; so for example, for courses requiring heavy reading and understanding, it might be better to listen to instrumental music since the lyrics won’t clash with what you are trying to understand.
10 – Eat a healthy breakfast
The morning of the exam, free your mind of all the stresses and eat a healthy breakfast that will give you enough energy to get you started.
While these tips might be helpful, it is important to note that everyone is different and therefore might have different ways of studying.
Most importantly, remain optimistic and confident throughout your exam and be ready to ace it!
By: Luma Kudsiova