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Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 8th 2009, 07:43 PM

I have a really hard time studying for my science tests. Does anyone have any advice? It's Honors Biology. I've always been really good at taking tests but this year I'm terrible. It's my first year in high school too so maybe that has something to do with it. Anyways, final exams are next week and I want to make sure I can get the best grade possible. We have two three page essays to write, and the day before a multiple choice test. What are some good study habits? I have a hard time focusing on things that don't interest me.
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Re: Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 8th 2009, 07:58 PM

One of the key things when it comes to studying is to make sure you are working in a clear and organised environment. Having bits of paper and mess all over the place can be stressful if you are trying to focus.

Remember to give yourself plenty of breaks between revision sessions. For example, you could study for an hour and then give yourself a little break and then do another hour of work. Experiment and see what works for you. Keep yourself fed and watered too so you have plenty of energy.

Try not to make revision notes too long winded. Stick to clear cut bullet points that are easily understandable rather than big blocks of text. Perhaps try using revision cards that you can put in your bag and take with you when you go out. Even giving them a quick read on the bus can help.

Making a timetable of when you will revise and sticking to it is a good idea as it gives you something to work towards and can inspire you to study.

One of the best ways to revise is by doing past paper questions. That way you can be prepared for the sorts of questions that are likely to occur. Quite often you can see patterns in the questions that come up too.

I know it can be hard to study for things you really don't care for much but remember it's just this last push for the exam and then you can relax for a bit. You won't have to study this forever.

Make sure you get a good night's sleep before the actual exam and do not stay up late cramming. It will only stress you out.

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Re: Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 8th 2009, 08:36 PM

I've found that being somewhere you feel comfortable helps clear your mind and helps you focus. I tip I learned a while ago is study 20 minutes and break for 10, it helps let your brain process the information you've gone over while giving you a chance to respond to any calls or text you might get, or go to the bathroom or grab a bite to eat or a drink. I know it sounds a bit odd but it helps me. Also don't stress yourself out, it will only make it harder to pass. And if you have a couple of friends in the same class, maybe try to get a study group together and quiz each other and see what you need to focus on more.


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Re: Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 8th 2009, 08:57 PM

Cramming is actually one of the best techniques you can do.

Don't just read, write.

Write out questions, write out bullet points. Draw diagrams.

I'm studying to become a Doctor, in my 3rd year. As this course is very intensive I am studying very hard all the time.

I have poster paper all over my walls full of Latin in bright colours and explanations and symptoms and I have to work out what is what etc etc. No matter where I look in my room I see something.

From Atherosclerosis to Lupus Erythematosus.

I change my posters around, so every few days they are all different. I have space for about 12 posters at a time. And each poster probably holds say 20-30 key points and facts, aswell as Diagrams. It's subliminal and it just locks in your brain.

I also quiz myself with other medical students and people are always asking me questions if they forgot or do not understand. Part of being a Doctor is being able to teach and I love that part. I love explaining medical terms and ideas to people who do not understand them.

Main thing is, don't leave revision to the last minute. If you do what I do, revise EVERY single day. Like 1-3 hours, you never have to do bulk revision ever. Everything I learn stays in my brain.

They say to get an idea stuck into your long term memory you should do this. It's something I do aswell.

Look at something for the first time say in the afternoon or the morning.
Then I will look at it at that night.
Then I will look at it the next day/night.
Then I will look at it next week.
Then I will look at it in 2 weeks.
A month
2 months

These are just small notes but I do them. I make books out of everything I write and thats what I revise from when I do my 1-3 hour sessions a day.
   
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Re: Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 9th 2009, 05:47 AM

I do bright bubble diagrams of the main points and then get hold of some past papers. Use the diagrams to help and then try the others without the help. Then if I get stuck with anything...just hound my teacher till I understand


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Re: Whats the best way for studying for exams? - January 9th 2009, 04:20 PM

Spider diagrams
I love pictures, colours and lists. And I go for about 2hours and then a break, because it works best for me. But it's different for everyone obv.
   
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