How to Study for a Big Test

1. Prepare in class. Ideally, you have read the books, listened attentively in class, asked brilliant questions and taken copious notes. On the other hand, if you are taking a giant standardized test, you have done all the things necessary (besides actually study) to prepare.
2. Prepare your study area. Get your notes, books, highlighters, pens, stickynotes, notepads and flashcards together. Find an area that works for you. If possible, pick a place you can call “study home,” so you do not have to waste time gathering up your stuff every time you study.
3. Create a study schedule. Decide which topics you will study when. Dividing tasks is especially valuable when conquering multi-subject tests, such as standardized tests, as well as entrance and exit exams.
4. Preview before you study. Before you start a study session, preview what you will study that day. Do this by looking over the outline of a book chapter or your notes. Write the outline out or say it aloud if it helps you. The purpose of this is to get a general grasp of the material you will cover.
5. Study. Read through y our notes or books in detail. Fill in gaps in the notes and take new notes when appropriate. During this time, you can make flashcards or lists of tricky vocabulary or concepts.
6. Review after each study session to help convert information stored in the short-term memory into longer-term memory. Always leave about a half hour to review what you studied that day before you go to bed. If you made flashcards, read over them. Skim your outlines. Glance through that book chapter once more. This should be the information you studied that day and it is important that you do this right before you go to sleep.
7. Review weekly. If you have planned and are not cramming for your big exam, you should review the week’s study notes at the end of every week. This is yet another way to get those short-term memories converted into longer-term memories.

By Christe Bruderlin-Nelson
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