Test Prep Tips from Tutoring Match

As students are gearing up for final examinations in December, now is the perfect time to start planning ahead for the major study sessions that are on the horizon. Cramming an entire semester’s worth of material into an all-night study session may work for some, but it is not the best route to success. Instead planning ahead and making sure you are as fully prepared as possible, will help you score well on your exams.

 

Here are a few test prep tips to help you succeed on finals:

1. Make Sure You Have Learned The Material

Were you sick the day the teacher reviewed chapter 14 of the textbook? Or did you sleep through class on the day you were supposed to have learned about Pavlov and classical conditioning? You can’t expect to study something if you haven’t learned it yet. When you are preparing for the exam and you find something that is completely foreign, consult help in learning the material. Sit down with a classmate and have him or her review the material with you, or ask to borrow notes. Once you have a clear idea of what you missed, then you can go ahead and review and study for the test.

2. Review Your Notes

In addition to attending class and completing the required reading, your notes from class are one of the most important resources for studying for an exam. Notes help you break down the material in an easier to read and understand. Sometimes, teachers go off book and will add a few extra things into the lecture that are not found in your textbook. These extras can end up as questions on a test. Make sure you keep well organized and detailed notes to not only track what is discussed in your course material but any additional information your teacher gives you.

3. Identify Areas You Don’t Fully Understand

While studying, identify areas that you may have a general understanding of, but not the entire concept. Whether it is a formula you are having a hard time remembering, a glossary term, or a specific literary figure, highlight these items as you study. Make sure you go back to these areas repeatedly so you make sure that you understand completely. By itemizing the items you know well, and ones you don’t, you can better allocate your studying time. Don’t waste time reviewing concepts you already know, and focus on areas you are struggling with.

4. Set Goals For Review

Finals can either be on the material covered since midterms or from the entire semester as a whole. Ask your teacher beforehand if the test is cumulative or if it is just one specific area. Then make study goals for yourself. Perhaps you spend two hours one night on all material covered up to the midterm, then another two hours the next night on more recent coursework. Establishing parameters for your study sessions will help you better manage how much time you spend on each session and will help you stay on track to ensure you don’t leave anything out.

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