School season has arrived. That means homework, projects, quizzes and tests also have arrived.
After a long summer break, sometimes when I go back to school, I honestly feel like I have forgotten how to do school. I have forgotten how to study, how to do homework, how to concentrate, and how to sit still in class. After a few days and the stress of all of the work piles up, I usually get back into the swing of things pretty quickly.
Does anyone else think that it is just not fair that teachers give homework and tests the first week, heck, the first day, of classes? I think that there should be a rule where there is no homework the first day of school and there should be no tests the first two weeks of school. Wishful thinking…
Because my thoughts and wishes aren’t very realistic, and I probably will have a test coming up in the next week, I have decided to share my study tips with y’all. For the ACT and SAT, let me tell you. I was not a good test taker. Pretty much in general I am not a great test taker because if I don’t know the information backwards and forwards (even if I do), I will have a mini freak attack while I’m taking said test.
I think that I have finally gotten the whole studying thing down, but hey, nobody’s perfect and you are always going to have that one class that is super hard and seemingly impossible.
Here are my tips and tricks for how I study for tests! Let me know what your tips are!
Take handwritten notes in class // For me, this is my number
one standard in school I have to take notes. I love to take in depth notes on everything that the teacher mentions or talks about because chances are, if your teacher mentions it in class, there is a chance it can be on your test.
Copy notes onto computer // A day or two after I take my handwritten notes, I usually copy these notes onto my computer. Last semester, some classes let me use my computer to type notes, so I did this over handwriting my notes to save time. I think that I prefer handwriting my notes, but typing them is just so much faster and it is hard to resist doing!
Make a study guide // After making typed notes, I usually go ahead and make a consolidated study guide that has just terms and major concepts that I know will be on my test. From here, I print this study guide out, and try to make connections when I review
Study notes a couple of days in advance // This is another one of my big tips. Once you know when your test is going to be, make sure that you study two nights in advance. This is a trick that I learned towards the end of last semester and it really helped me. If my test was on a Friday, I started studying Tuesday night by just reviewing my notes. To review, I print out my study guide/printed notes and I then write helpful tips and information on the study guide to help me connect concepts and ideas.
Make lists // Making lists kind of goes along with making a study guide, but lists in general help me to stay organised. I like to make lists of when things are due, when tests are scheduled, and what terms will be on the test.
Study with Friends // Studying with friends can be great, but it can also be a pain. There are pros and cons. Sometimes, it can be a pain if neither of you know the information, but if you do know the information and you’ve already studied and reviewed, talking over the material can be really helpful when studying! For one of my finals last semester, I had a test that was mainly all concepts and terms. After (re)learning the information, my friends and I spent a
couple of hours couple of days reviewing the information and talking out loud about the connections and similarities. This really helped me, and I think it helped me get that A!
I think that my #1 tip is to stay organised and take notes in class- no matter what format- handwritten or typed. If you don’t have notes, then you can’t study, so you probably won’t get the best grade that you can on your test. I am no expert in taking tests by any means, but these are my tips and tricks when I have to study!