As the students are experiencing the few last hell weeks of the year, exam season
(szn for all the trendy folks) is ungrudgingly approaching. As the board of stewards
recently concluded the first ever Student-Steward drop in session, the question of how to
best study for exams came up. For this reason I have made a short list that will lead to
success on exams.
1. Organize your binder/computer folders.
When you are studying material from all/half of the school year, it is essential to
be able to quickly find information in a binder. Organizing your binder in chronological
order of themes will make studying go as smooth as possible. For those students who use
computer notes, organize your computer folders to ensure that you have everything. This
includes titles, dates, all class notes and test review packages. This step should be
completed first and done as soon as possible.
2. Make a study plan
Plan the amount of allotted time you will spend on each class, and what days you
are studying on. Ensure your schedule is in accordance to your date of exam, difficulty of
that class and the amount of material needed to be covered. Implement study breaks in
your daily study schedule and attempt, as much as possible, to stick to your plan.
Creating a 2-3 week plan and daily plans with create efficient study habits.
3. Find your study techniques
For each class you will have different study techniques. You simply cannot study
for an English exam, the same way you would for math exam. Some people like to form
study groups, highlight notes, or rewrite notes. The best advice is to find what techniques
work best for you in each subject area.
4. Hide your distractions
This may be the hardest step for teenagers when it comes to studying. If you
constantly use your smart phone, give it to your mom, put in downstairs, and guarantee
that it is out of sight. To block distractions on your Internet browser, “StayFocused” is a
tremendous Google chrome extension. It requires the users to add their most used
websites to the “blocked list”, then prompts the user to set the allotted time they are
allowed to use those websites between a study time (ex. My stay focused gives me 15
minutes after 3:30pm for my most used websites)
5. Put your “nose to the grindstone”
The last step is to be proactive, and in conjunction with the previous points, this
will be the easiest step. Being proactive does not simply mean doing your questions; you
should also be asking your teachers questions, writing any old exams, exam review
Good luck to everyone on their exams and look for emails regarding more
Steward-Student drop in sessions!