Many of us could probably compile a basic list of positive study habits, such as getting a good amount of sleep, taking small breaks, and spreading studying out over days or weeks so that you don’t end up having to cram at the last minute. However, there are a few more uncommon study tips that I feel have not been shared enough!
Keep as many variables as possible constant. Keeping your study routine consistent with your testing routine can help you immensely. If possible, you should study in the same exact location that you will be testing in, so try going in to your classroom at lunch, or before and after school to sit at your desk and go over material. If the testing room will be silent, study in a silent room as opposed to listening to music. Every little variable that you keep consistent between your studying and testing, right down to chewing the same flavor of gum while studying and during a test, can help you to remain calm under pressure and recall more of what you studied.
Study for the way that your teacher tests, not just to memorize the facts. Going into your first test with a new teacher is nerve-wracking, but if you stay calm and focus on the types of questions that the teacher asks you can use that information to be more successful on future tests with that teacher. If you have a history test and the teacher asks mostly conceptual, analytical questions, you will know that in future you have to study to not only know the events, but be able to evaluate the effects of the events and tie in other knowledge from the class. Learn by paying attention to your teachers the types of questions that they are likely to ask and take note of points that they repeat, as they are likely to be important to know later.
Teach others. Once you have begun studying for an exam and feel almost comfortable with the material, test yourself by volunteering to teach someone else in your class the material. If you are able to explain what you studied to someone else in a way that they can understand, you know that you are truly comfortable with the material. Going over the material with someone else allows you both to review it again, and if you are having trouble explaining a concept or maybe you were incorrect in your explanation, having a classmate to point you in the right direction will be helpful for both of you.
Try out these unknown study tips for yourself, and see if it raises your next test grade!
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