Winter Break Finals Coming Up? We've Got Helpful Study Tips to Score You An 'A'
Teachers squeezing in a ton of tests and quizzes before your school lets out for winter break? Don't feel overwhelmed -- we talked to two learning experts and lured some awesome study tips from them. Can you say 4.0?
"Everyone learns differently, so know what works best for you," Dr. Richard E. Bavaria, Sylvan Learning's senior vice president for education outreach, says. "Early mornings? Evenings? Silent reading? Studying with someone else? Find a way to accommodate your learning style."
The key to avoiding late night cram sessions is planning ahead. We know that's not always the easiest thing in the world to do, but Ann Dolin, author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, has a smart plan.
"If you have a test on Thursday, jot down smaller tasks for yourself on Tuesday and Wednesday such as 'make vocab flashcards' and 'answer chapter review questions.' You are less likely to procrastinate if these smaller self-imposed assignments are specific, not vague like 'study for test.'"
Next, get active while studying. Avoid just reading page after page, and instead make a practice test for yourself.
"This information can come from old tests and quizzes, a study guide, or notes," Ann suggests. "I always encourage my students to ask their teacher about the format of the test. Will it be comprised of essay questions, fill-in-the-blank, or multiple-choice?"
Reward yourself with breaks while studying. "We remember best what we first learn and what we last learn," Dr. Bavaria advises. "Breaking up your study times gives you lots of opportunities for first and last learning."
Finally, have some confidence. Remind yourself how hard you worked and picture yourself nailing that exam.
Good luck from JSYK!