5 Ways to Study for a Test

It’s that time again: You have a test coming up and need to study. You already know to avoid cramming and to get a good night’s sleep before your test, but there are other less-common study techniques that will increase your efficiency and up your game. Follow these tips to make your best grade!

Find Your Perfect Study Area

The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions. If you choose to study in your room, close the door and kill as many distractions as possible–like music, television, and even your phone. The library is another excellent place to study, as it offers a quiet atmosphere perfect for reading, research, and reflection.

Snack Healthy

If you want to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk food. Instead, snack on study-friendly foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains. Feeling sluggish? Caffeine and energy drinks won't help you in the long run. Get your energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple.

Create a Review Outline

Creating an outline of all the content that you’ve covered in your class up to this point can help you organize your thoughts and ensure that you address every important piece of information. It’s also the first step in determining what you already know and what you need to study before the test.

Make Flashcards

Flashcards are a great study aid, whether you're trying to memorize formulas and equations, improve your spelling, learn a foreign language, or commit anything else to memory. As you read through your class notes, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards. For example: to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of the card and the key details on the other side. To study algebra formulas, write the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side.

Test Yourself

When it comes to learning, studies show that practice tests work better than simply highlighting or re-reading your notes. So, once you've finished making your flashcards, put yourself to the test! If you don't trust yourself not to cheat, give the cards to your friends and have them test you. Before you take the test, give yourself time for a quick review by shuffling through those flashcards a couple of times. This will ensure the material is fresh in your mind.

As unpleasant as test-taking can often be, it actually does more than just show your teacher what you know: it helps you learn. Studies have shown that students who are tested regularly learn more content and retain it longer than students who have not been tested. By incorporating the study tips above, you can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your study sessions, and ultimately, ace that test! If you’re interested in learning more about The Kiski School curriculum and how we help our students succeed, feel free to contact us.
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