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Studying for Exams

By Leslie Keith

Staff Writer

As the semester comes to an end, many classes are starting to help students prepare for the exams that will take place at the end of the semester. Having help from teachers and other students inside the classroom is great, but the majority of study time will have to come from the effort someone puts in at home. There are a lot of different ways that students study, and while some techniques are helpful there are many that are only slowing down the learning experience.

Many students plan to continue studying once they leave school and go home. Of course, just because someone plans to do something doesn’t mean they will. There are many distractions that intervene with the amount of time that a person takes to look over their notes and other sources they have to study with. How can students study effectively so that they will remember what will be on the tests and for future knowledge opportunities?

A really good tip for students looking to study is to space out the amount you study and the amount of time that you study that subject. This learning technique is known as “spaced repetition”. This involves breaking up information into small sections and going over those sections consistently over a long period of time. This is a very efficient way to study for those students who don’t wish to cram everything in all at once and forget it almost immediately.

Another way to keep information interesting is to switch up the topics that are being studied. Instead of studying one major subject for hours on end, switch the materials around. This helps our brains learn new ways to solve problems. For example, when doing a lot of division problems on a math worksheet the brain will know what to do when it comes to a different problem comes along. If multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction problems are done in random the brain will have to stop and take time to figure out how to solve the problem the best way.

One of the best ways to prepare for an exam or test is to actually test yourself on the information that you have been studying. Testing yourself before the actual test allows your brain to memorize the answer and find the best way to trigger the answer when the question is asked. Another way to make the brain remember the information is to write out the information. Studies show that the more you write something out, the more likely you are to remember it.

All these tips are great. They tell you how to make the memory better and how to study in a timely way. However, the place you study is a very important factor when studying. Studying at a desk or table in a quiet place is known to be one of the best options. There are hardly any distractions and it’s easier to concentrate. Doing this everyday in the same place will help the mind set it in place and focus more on the materials available. For example, when you sit down at a kitchen table the mind automatically connects with food and expects to eat soon. Developing the habit of studying in the same place at the same time will help build your concentration skills.

With exams around the corner the above information gives some of the best ways to study and where to study so that better scores will be made on the tests. Other useful information can be found on the sites provided below where the above information was provided as well.

http://greatist.com/happiness/better-study-tips-test

http://www.csc.edu/learningcenter/study/studymethods.csc

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