Preparing for an exam can feel like a daunting task, but with the right preparation and guidance, you boost not only your overall comprehension of the material in question, you also gain the confidence and tools that you need to ace it! Researchers have “studied our study habits” and have come up with helpful tips for approaching any exam situation.
Here are three study tips that you might want to try while preparing for your next exam:
1. Set Goals
Studying can feel less overwhelming with a strategy. Researchers say goals are positively correlated with motivation and achievement. Break up the content you need to cover for an exam by dividing the material into manageable sections. You could divide the content into categories by theme or by the chapters in a textbook. Create a timeline to spread out each section, so that it is easier to keep content straight.
2. Test yourself
Much like reading a written sentence out loud to confirm that you like the way it sounds, experts suggest that you should mentally prepare yourself for an exam environment by testing your memory with quizzes or recitation. Regularly testing yourself during the study phase is said to improve retention and boost your confidence when it comes time to write your exam.
3. Take an interactive course
Researchers have found that small class settings that feature an interactive or immersive style of teaching can be most effective for your learning. Taking a preparatory course allows you to engage with the material, ask questions and save yourself time since course instructors are able to tease out the most important aspects of the material that you need to understand.
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