Exams in CFBISD are right around the corner. The following tips can help students in any grade be prepared for a big exam day. With every point being crucial; these tips can help your students do well on all of their tests.
1. Establish a Schedule (Link w/ Video)
One of the hardest, but most helpful techniques is to establish a study schedule at least one week before the actual date of the test. This will make studying an effective experience, ensuring that the learning will be an easier process. Being prepared relieves much undue pressure on the test-taker as well.
2. Take Great Notes
Note cards, and summary sheets with the main concepts can be prepared in advance of your student’s actual study time. Students should carefully review their notes that were made in class, paying special attention to any of the concepts that the teacher took special care to emphasize during the lesson. Here is a great video describing some note taking techniques using characters from the Street Fighter Video Game: Click Here for Video
3. Use Your Old Quizzes and Tests
In the textbooks, use the chapter review, or if available, the quizzes or other resources at the end of the chapter, to begin constructing a review. Most textbooks have these sections. They can be valuable to identify important concepts and key vocabulary they might need for their exams.
4. Pace Yourself
Another fantastic reason for not cramming is the avoidance of confusion of concepts, especially when it comes to courses like math. Eight to ten hours of study will become one hundred percent more effective if it is spread over a week, instead of doing it all in one sitting. The human brain requires time in order to assimilate new material, so frequent breaks and a span of study time over several days will be much more beneficial to your student.
5. Don’t Cram Right Before the Test
Additionally, do not study right until the start of the exam. Studying should stop a minimum of one hour before the exam begins. This allows the brain to rest and put things in their proper order. This will also provide the test-taker time to become as relaxed as possible when going into their test.
6. Eat Some Healthy Food and Get Some Sleep
Students should also take the time to eat a well-balanced meal. The brain needs food as much as the rest of the body. With enough food and enough sleep, as well as a relaxed attitude, the body and the mind are primed for success. Click here for some healthy snack ideas
Good luck with all of your exams, and happy testing.
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Written by Sandra Coffee
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