How to study/prepare for a test more intensely and effectively?How to study/prepare for a test more intensely and effectively?

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In order to be efficient in your studying habits, you will need to identify how you learn best. For example, do you learn best with note cards or by reviewing your notes? Some people learn better by trying to connect facts to a subject of more personal interest. There are many studying techniques out there, but to be effective you will need to understand your personal learning style. Aside from the actual study techniques themselves, be sure you are selecting an appropriate state to study in. There is a concept in psychology called state dependent memory. It means that we recall information best when we are in the same state as we were when we learned it. For instance, if you have a cup of coffee while you study, then you should have a cup of coffee before your test. Be sure that the state you are in when study can easily be replicated during the test. It's often best to study in a quiet place without music or other distraction because this is how the exam environment will be.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I know it's old fashioned, but I always suggest flash cards. Sometimes the tried and true is the best. I can't tell you how many times I have seen students studying ineffectively, just reading material over and over or writing random notes. Flash cards force you to be honest with yourself about what you do and do not know. They are great for memorizing.
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thewanderlust878 | Student

When studying intensely and effectively I do not recommend waiting until the last minute to study and try and pull an all-nighter and study as much as you can in a short amount of time. This is not studying intensely. This is just being stupid. 

To study more rigorously I recommend studying every day after class, and making sure you understand the material before moving on. If this requires a tutor, than make sure you get on. They truly do help, I actually have more than one to help me with different subjects. 

taangerine | Student

Study a little bit everyday. Try to finish studying before the day before the test. Make flashcards and try to make connections to help you retain and memorize the information. If you plan on studying for long periods of time, make sure to take breaks and rewarding yourself whenever you reach a checkpoint/goal. Refresh your mind by skimming through the content on the day of the test, but try not to learn new material as it may not help you.

udonbutterfly | Student

Do not and I repeat DO NOT study your self into an oblivion. If you want to be sure you will remember your material do not stress yourself out. Taking brakes are essential whether it is a 10 minute brake or and 1 break make sure you have time to recuperate. The best type of studying would be to spread it out into days 2 hours one day and maybe 1 or 3 the next day. It's best to try and get to know the material through a longer amount of time rather than a day or two before the test. Doing procrastination studying is the worse and only invites stress.

Wiggin42 | Student

Studying a little bit every day is key to studying effectively. Study without distractions and study for short amounts of time. Don't cram for hours the night before exams. Don't stay up late " studying " ; you're only wasting precious hours that could be spent sleeping. Come up with a plan and stick with it.

zumba96 | Student

Make a schedule for what you are going to do. Set a specific time aside every single day and follow that schedule. Turn off all distractions and make sure you are focusing

sweetskittles24 | Student

A good way to memorize would be to rewrite and rewrite the formula, for example, for chemistry, For math, YOU NEED PRACTISE, so your hand and pencil already know which way to go! LOL. and for english...use enotes ! :'D :$

dmvs00n43 | Student

Studying for exams is one of the most stressful times a student can have. Performing well on an exam can pay huge dividends and if you are a student who struggles on exams this article will help you learn how to study more effectively. The main focus of this article is to focus on four easy concentration methods designed to help you study more effectively and it all starts with studying when you are sharp.

Study according to your body clock and when you learn best. Everybody knows when their most productive time during the day is. My most productive time was at night between 6pm and midnight and if i would have tried to study in the morning it would have almost been a waste of time as I would not have retained the information as well. Learn when you work best and focus your study time during those times. furthermore, save your most difficult material for when you work best and then save the easier material for those other times when you don't focus so well.

Don't get too comfortable in your chair as you should be in a chair that fully supports your back while your studying. A chair that is too comfortable could cause a lack in focus. When studying your body should be relaxed so that you are able to focus completely on the task at hand.

Furthermore don't drink a lot of caffeine to stay relaxed and focused. A good idea is to drink plenty of water especially when you start to feel sluggish. Drinking a lot of caffeine will raise stress levels. Similarly, eating frequent meals as apposed to large meals will keep the mind sharp and body from feeling tired. Eating large meals will cause the body to feel tired much like we all feel the afternoon of Thanksgiving. When you feel tired because of a big meal your effectiveness for learning the material decreases, so stay alert and relaxed and watch your grades soar.

Another way on how to study more effectively and get great grades is to increase your study speed. This might not be the smoking gun that you were looking for but the fact is increasing your study speed made all the difference for me.

I found this website and followed the steps in the course. Upon completion I found that I was able to cover more material in less time. My stress level went down because test time became easier as I was better prepared. This program helped me as I have a 3.79 GPA in a Master degree program and I use the speed study method and you can too. So get serious, develop a plan and click those links and uncover the secret truth to getting great grades, you won't regret it.

enotehelp108 | Student

study w/ a freind

write down brief summaries of what you jave just learned

re-tell what you read.