My exams are this week and since I’ve basically spent the last few days memorizing huge amounts of utterly useless information, I felt it was appropriate to share a few tips that I find useful when studying before a big test.
Tip # 1 :Time Yourself
This is a really basic tip, but I find it really helpful! All you have to do is set a realistic time limit for studying each subject. Then, set a timer for the appropriate amount of time and start working. Trust me, just seeing the time tick away next to you will encourage you to work faster and stop you from getting distracted.
Tip # 2 : Your own Soundtrack
OK, this tip sounds a little ridiculous but I promise it works! Basically, if you want to study/do something really quickly, find a ‘War Music’ playlist and listen to it while doing the task. You’ll feel like you’re in an action movie and subconsciously work twice as fast!
Tip #3: Three point rule
Whenever I have a lot of information to learn by heart, I like to divide it into headings, and write a maximum of 3 bullet points per heading. This makes the information much clearer and easier to memorize.
Tip #4: Typed Notes
Even though most of my friends like to write notes and flashcards by hand, I think its so much handier to type them out on the computer.You can print them out, save them for studying at a later date, share them with your friends online and easily modify them if necessary. This tip is especially good if, like me, you have terrible handwriting and want to keep your notes neat and tidy.
Tip #5: Study with a Friend
If I need to learn a list of dates for History or a bunch of Spanish vocab, I always try to get a friend to test me. This way they can correct me if I make a mistake and explain anything I don’t understand. Plus, let’s face it, working with a friend is much more entertaining than studying by alone!
Well, those are all my tips and tricks for last minute studying. I hope you find them helpful and do well in all your exams!
Speaking of which, I’m pretty sure have a Spanish exam tomorrow… better go study