WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Tips on how to prepare and study effectively for an upcoming exam.
WHO IT'S FOR
Parents & Students
Studying for tests and exams can be extremely stressful not only for students but for their parents as well. In this blog, we will cover topics such as how to study for exams, how to study effectively for exams, as well as different study methods and tips. Share these tips and methods with your child to help them feel more prepared for tests this year.
How to prepare for exams.
1. Give yourself enough time to study. Don't leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute cramming, it's widely accepted that (for most of us) this is not the best way to approach an exam. To help sort out your time management, set up a timetable to help you study.
2. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to write them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.
3. Organize your study space. Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer and play station games out of sight?
How to Study for Exams.
To study effectively for exams, follow these study tips:
1. Ask the right questions.
You don’t want to walk in on test day unprepared for what you're about to face. Try to get the answers to these crucial questions before you start studying.
Questions to ask before a test:
- What material will the test cover?
- Will there be an exam review session during class?
- Will there be after-school opportunities for more revision?
- What is the format of the exam? Multiple-choice? Short answer? Will there be essays to write?
- How many marks is the exam worth?
2. Sort out your schedule. You can actually spend less time studying for your exam if you start with a great game plan. Make a list of what topics you need to cover and when you’re going to cover them. Start your study schedule as early as possible (usually a few weeks before your test), and figure out how much time you’ll need to study each day to stay on track.
3. Grab your gear. Gather up all your class notes, quizzes, handouts and worksheets. Your previous homework will help you see what your teacher thinks is important. (Plus, you can learn from your past quiz mistakes).
4. Study smarter. Instead of memorizing all your notes, prioritize what you’ll study. Start with what will definitely be in the test, then what will probably be in the test, and finally what might be in the test. That way, if you run out of time, you know you at least have the essentials covered. By starting with the toughest material first, you have time to ask your teacher questions or get help from tutors.
5. Mix it up. Now that you know WHAT you need to study, figure out the best way to review and internalize what you predict will be in the exam.
6. What keeps you motivated? Study groups can help you study more efficiently for exams. Make a plan with friends to review the class material together, share and compare notes, or work through tricky concepts. Or, reward yourself for each study session with something small (even if it’s just a TV break) to help you stay focused.
7. Sleep still matters. An all-nighter might sound like a good idea, but a restful night’s sleep is actually the key to your success. Start a healthy sleep routine in the weeks leading up to your exam, so you’ll be fresh and ready for test day. (But if you do happen to need some midnight study help, our on-demand tutors are there for you.)
8. Bring what you’re supposed to bring. Find out what you’re allowed to bring to the exam, and make sure you don’t leave anything essential at home. Stash pens, paper, and an extra calculator in your bag, so you’re ready for anything.
Our Exam Preparation Lessons.
We offer exam preparation lessons, which include the following:
Setup of a Study Timetable. Study Timetables are almost the most important part of studying. They allow students to plan their studying accordingly so that they use their time effectively and don’t cram before a big exam.
Discussion about the benefits of different study methods and we help students find the study method that works best for them.
We help students with the most effective ways of making study notes.
Past Paper questions to ensure students feel confident when applying their knowledge in the test.