I don’t really know anyone that loves exams, they can be an extremely stressful part of our lives with our future depending on how well we do. The further through our education we get, the more the results of our exams matter, afterall how well we do will determine what kind of job opportunities we have after school or college. While I never enjoyed taking exams, I definitely discovered a few methods that helped me study better and achieve better results, so I wanted to share them with you today. Here are my top 3 study tips for exams:
1. Get Online
There are so many great resources online that can help you. If you’re stuck on a question, Google it. If you’re struggling to learn history, why not watch a Youtube video explaining that period? There are so many resources online that you’re basically spoiled for choices. I was amazed to discover there is even a free apple homework app, ensuring that you can get great grades on your homework without struggling by yourself. Whether you’re trying to learn math online or studying something else, incorporating some of the online tools, videos and websites is a great way to spark your interest in a topic and ensure that you’re deeply understanding the concepts.
2. Find a Study Buddy
I always found it so much easier to study with a friend for numerous reasons. The first one is just the simple accountability aspect of studying with a friend. If you’ve made plans to meet up on Wednesday to study for your next Calculus exam, but you suddenly feel too lazy or too tired, if you have a plan with a friend it’s so much harder to cancel than it would be if your plan was with yourself. You may be emabarrassed to let your friend down, which is great if it means you turn up to the study date. I also find it extremely hepful to ask a friend questions if I’m struggling with a particular aspect of the class, or if they need help and I explain something to them, I feel like I get a deeper understanding of the topic through having to explain it out loud. It’s also just more fun to study with a friend!
3. Condense Your Notes
I always make notes throughout the year and each week I summarize my notes into the main key concepts I have to understand. I then try to condense my notes down further and further until each topic only takes up a page or whatever is appropriate. The more condensed my notes are, the easier to study. When I am confused or unsure about a specific topic, I can then go back to my original notes in full and read them to understand it properly. Summarizing my notes to bite size chunks allows me to go over them over and over again until they are really in my head.
Exams can be really stressful, but by using these three tips you’ll be able to study and prepare better than ever before!