Studying for an exam is a piece of cake, especially since you've given yourself four days to prepare. That's a ton of time, considering many people think studying for an exam involves cramming minutes before the exam starts. By increasing the number of days you have to study, you decrease the actual studying time you have to put in per session, which is perfect if you have trouble staying focused when you're studying for an exam.
Studying for an Exam Day 1: Ask, Organize and Make Flashcards
- Ask your teacher what type of test it will be. Multiple choice? Essay? That'll make a difference in how you prepare.
- Ask your teacher for a review sheet if he/she hasn't already given you one. (i.e. test content)
- Get a study partner set up for the night before the test if possible – even via phone/facebook/Skype.
- Take home your notes, old quizzes, textbook, assignments and handouts from the unit being tested.
- Organize your notes. Rewrite or type them up so they're legible. Organize your handouts according to dates. Make note of anything you're missing. (Where's the vocab quiz from chapter 2?)
- Review the material you have. Go through the review sheet to find out what you're supposed to know. Read through your quizzes/handouts/notes and study questions from your book's chapters.
- Make flashcards with a question/term/vocab word on the front of the card, and the answer on the back.
- Stay focused!
Studying for a Test Day 2: Memorize
- Clarify anything you didn't totally understand with your teacher. Ask for missing items (that vocab quiz from chapter 2).
- Ask if there will be a review before the test the day after tomorrow.
- Set a timer for 45 minutes, and memorize everything on the review sheet that you don't already know using mnemonic devices like acronyms or singing a song. Stop after 45 minutes and move on to other homework. You have two more days to study for this bad boy!
- Put your flashcards in your backpack for review tomorrow.
Studying for a Test Day 3: Memorize Some More
- Clarify anything you didn't totally understand with your teacher.
- Throughout the day, pull your flashcards out and ask yourself questions (when you're waiting for class to start, at lunch, during study hall, etc.)
- Confirm study date for tomorrow night.
- Set a timer for 45 minutes again. Go back through your flashcards and review sheet, memorizing anything you don't have down pat. Take a 5-minute break. If necessary, set a timer for 45 minutes again and continue if you're still unsure of any material!
- Put your flashcards in your backpack for review again tomorrow.
Studying for a Test Day 4: Study and Quiz
- Throughout the day, pull your flashcards out and ask yourself questions again.
- If your teacher is having an exam review today, pay close attention and write down anything you haven't learned yet. If the teacher mentions it today – it's on the test, guaranteed!
- Confirm study date with a friend for this evening.
- Ten-twenty minutes before your study partner (or mom) shows up to quiz you for the exam, review your flashcards. Make sure you have everything down pat.
- Quiz. When your study partner arrives, take turns asking possible exam questions to each other. Make sure each of you has a turn asking and answering because you'll learn the material best by doing both. Stop once you've been through the questions a few times and get a good night's sleep.