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I am done with all this studying - June 12th 2016, 12:51 PM

Look, I like school and have great grades, but it's really hard to sustain. We have a random exam week at the end of every year, so we have 4 tests every day for 4 days. Yippie.

Problem is, it's a ton of work. I study 45 minutes per subject, with two chunks of 20 minutes of studying, and a 5 minute break (as a matter of fact I'm typing this in one right now). This means studying 45*16=720 minutes a day, or 12 HOURS! Now, I haven't reached the climax of studying yet, I am currently studying for 4 tests. So, how do I shorten this?

Another thing is that I constantly get theory and keywords mixed up, so could anyone give any advice on that?
   
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Re: I am done with all this studying - June 12th 2016, 04:33 PM

Hey there,

Final exams week are not uncommon, at least where I'm from, but...you're taking 16 classes?! How does that work...?

As for study tips, I really think it depends on finding what works for you, and (for the future) doing whatever you can to study during the term, before you need to cram. In all honesty, I don't usually have the time to take my own advice, but with some courses, it's an absolute necessity.

What I would suggest, is forget about an arbitrary time of studying for each test. Try instead to understand as much as you can. Go through everything once, and anything you have trouble with, keep going over until you've got it (just like practicing an instrument). If that takes you 45 minutes, fine. If it takes you more or less, that's okay too. The point is, be smart and focus on things you're unsure about or that give you trouble.

I would also suggest that you, if possible, take fewer courses at once in the future. It sound pretty brutal, and frankly unsustainable. 12 hours of studying per day means, at best, you're spending most of your waking hours studying, and at worst, you're not getting very much (or any) sleep. That's not good for you, ya know?


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Re: I am done with all this studying - June 13th 2016, 11:52 AM

I'm not from the US or Britain, so it might be a bit different there.

I'm not in university yet, I'm still in High School. This doesn't really matter, but we have 16 subjects we all learn at school and we have to make tests for all 16.

I know that it sounds confusing, but just take my word for it.
   
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Re: I am done with all this studying - June 14th 2016, 10:59 AM

How do you usually study?

Sometimes creating colourful mindmaps can help, rather than reading or writing out your notes. They can also be helpful for memorising key words too. Another way of learning key words and definitions is to create flashcards with the key word on one side and the definition on the other and test yourself on the meaning.

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Re: I am done with all this studying - June 22nd 2016, 02:09 PM

I am going to bounce off what Chris and Holly are saying here and suggest that you find out what kind of learner you are and develop a study strategy based on that. There are different ways people receive information, and you may have one in particular that you're more inclined to use than others. There's also multi-modal learning, which means you learn best when you engage with various styles of learning. Here is where you can learn more.

Is it possible you can list the 16 different subjects? Then maybe we can give you tips on particular subjects. For example flashcards may not work well with math.

Different classes may require different amounts of study time, depending on the teacher, the level of difficulty, and the curriculum. This may only be me, but there are some subjects that coming to class and listening and taking notes is enough to do well. Others classes, I would have to prepare ahead of time.

I wanted to ask, when is finals week for you? You may have enough time to make a study guide or flashcards for classes that require memorization. On a bus or train ride or if you have a block of downtime that you're not sure what to do, you can quickly test yourself through the study sheet or flashcards.

You can also make a list of topics for each subject that will be on the exam. Then choose a letter or number or symbol to mark each topic in a way that works for you (for example w=well, o=okay, L=little) to indicate how comfortable you are with each topic. Then start with the ones you're least comfortable with (the ones marked as L=little in this example) and study those first, then the ones you're so-so comfortable and then the ones you're pretty comfortable with. You can cross out the topics as you become more and more familiar with them but you can also put them on a separate list if you want to run through them again one more time.

For math-I may be able to suggest online resources depending on what the topics are. There are generally two steps in math-understanding the concept, and applying the concept. Once you understand the concepts, try a few examples that you can look up the answers after, to know if you're getting it right.


I wanted to ask-is there any tutoring available at your school? Coming from both being tutored and tutoring others as well, I can say it can be helpful. Sometimes forming study groups can help too.

Knowing the style of the exam is important and may influence how you study. Also, are these tests made up by the local teachers or is there a standard test? If it is a standard test- you may be able to look up the test from previous years for practice. Or if you know a website that teachers tend to get their questions from. That way you can practice with the similarly worded questions-which can help for something like multiple choice.
   
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