See if these suggestions improve your test performance
There is no doubt about it. Studying for a test is hard! There are lots of materials to memorize, facts to remember, and concepts that you need to understand.
Studying for hours and hours can be exhausting. And sometimes it is not even very productive if your mind wanders or if you start to drift off to sleep. Try the following list of unusual study tips to see if you can wake up your mind, keep those synapses firing, and really lock in the information!
1. Read out loud
When you are studying your material, find a private place and try reading your notes out loud. Reading out loud can increase your comprehension and can also help you memorize material more easily.
2. Write and re-write
Some people find that re-writing their notes is a good way to commit the information to memory. The act of re-writing your notes can help cement the facts and information into your longer-term memory.
3. Teach it
One way to help ensure that you understand the test material is to teach it to someone else. Being able to articulate the information clearly helps you to gain a better understanding of it. If you can’t find a willing student, you may need to teach it in front of the mirror…or to the family dog!
4. Do Quizlets
Quizlets are free online flash cards that come in a wide range of topics. See if there is a quizlet on your test topic, and if so, quiz yourself. Flash cards are a great way to prepare for tests.
5. Record/watch a lecture
If you learn better by listening rather than reading, you may want to ask your instructor if you can record the lectures. Listening to a recorded lecture can help you make better sense of the information that you may have missed the first time around. Another possibility is searching for YouTube lectures on the same topic.
6. Find a new spot
Studying in different locations has been shown to help some students. By varying up your study areas, your brain makes different associations with different locations, and this sometimes helps the material to stick better. Try studying in different rooms, the library, a coffee shop, or even sitting outdoors on a nice day.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast
On the day of the test, be sure to get the morning started right with a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast won’t guarantee an A, but at least it will start your body and mind off with some fuel!
8. Use graphics, diagrams, and pictures
For many visual learners, it helps to have diagrams and charts to understand the material. Try drawing your own diagrams, mental maps, timelines, and other visual aids that will help you remember your facts when the test day comes.
9. Write a song
If you are a creative person, you may have what it takes to make up song lyrics about your test. Pick a favorite song and try to write funny and memorable lyrics out of your study notes. Your song may not make it on America’s Got Talent, but it could help you ace the test!
10. Walk before the test
On the day of the test, try to get a little physical activity before the test starts. Take a walk around the block, do some jumping jacks in the rest room, or just do a little stretching. Getting your body moving can also help get your brain moving.
Bonus Tip: Eat a mint
Some people believe that mints or mint gum can help stimulate your thinking during a test. Never hurts to give it a try!
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