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Exam Study Tips

December 05, 2017
By Jennifer Polston

With the approaching of exams at the Upper School next week, we thought we would gather some study tips and encouragement from a couple of your favorite teachers to hopefully make those study sessions less stressful and more productive! Here are several ways to ensure success as you crack open your textbooks and study guides.

  1. PRAY! Before each study session and during your exams, ask God to help you! So many times we think God is only concerned with the most spiritual parts of our lives, but He is also with us in those smaller moments, and delights when we draw near to him and invite him into our daily activities. Actively trust God with your exams and your stress. Ask for his wisdom in the process of studying and preparing for tests. A few moments in prayer can be the key to a more relaxed study session and exam experience.

  2. Ms. Regier's ClassAttend the review sessions led by teachers. Your teachers want you to succeed. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to learn what material will be included in your exams. Ask questions, take notes, quiz yourself and your peers, and pay close attention to the topics your teachers emphasize during these sessions (after all, they are the ones preparing the exam)! Attending these reviews could make a big difference in your final grade.

  3. Limit DistractionsLimit distractions. Let me repeat this one again in case you stopped reading to check your Instagram. LIMIT DISTRACTIONS. It's so easy to get side tracked by all those notifications on our smartphones. Research shows that your cognitive capacity decreases when your phone is in sight. So, do yourself a favor and put the phone (or anything else that may be distracting you) in another room while you study. Find a quiet place, plan out what you are going to study, and have everything you need right in front of you. Set a goal of how long you are going to study and be sure to include a few small breaks.

  4. Tina CrammingJust say "NO" to cramming. Please don't wait until 10:30 p.m. the night before your exam to study a semester's worth of material. Look over semester tests and notes every night for a week prior to an exam. If a question comes up as you are studying, you'll still have time to ask your teacher. Also, research shows that studying in 20-50 minute intervals with short breaks in between can improve long term memory and retention.

  5. Get a good night's sleep and eat a protein breakfast the day of the exam. These are two of the easiest things you can do to help ensure exam day success. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep the night before and eat some protein the morning of your exam (think eggs, nuts, yogurt, cheese). Avoiding junk food is hard for most teens, especially during times of high stress, but this really can make a big difference the morning of a big test. High sugar foods may give you some energy to start, but will let you down and cause a sugar crash at just the time you need the most energy to get through that long exam.

  6. Relax and smile! You know more than you think! When that exam is finally put in front of you, take a deep breath and relax. YOU GOT THIS! If you have studied diligently, your hard work won't let you down. Trust your first instinct with test questions and be sure to review all of your answers one more time before you hand in your test to be sure you haven't left any blank or partially answered.

Many thanks to beloved teachers, Deanne Regier and Denise Kendrick for contributing to this blog! If you have any study tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below!



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