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Easy Ways to Prepare for a Test

Updated on February 16, 2015


Studying for tests is not the most exciting thing to do, but in order to obtain the desired grade you want, it almost always has to be done. There are many different ways you can go about studying, and no way works the same way as it does for you for another student. It's important to recognize different ways of studying before a test and to know all of your options so that you can figure out which method is right for you.

1. Ask Questions the Day Before the Test

It is the worst feeling ever to go home the day before a test and remember that you forgot to ask your teacher a question that you had about it.

To prevent this, make sure that you have some questions in mind the day before a test to ask your teacher. This will help you a lot, especially if you have a nice teacher that may give you some hints about what's on the test that other students have not heard. If you do end up forgetting to ask the teacher what you needed to, you could probably always email the teacher and ask them from there, however it's less reliable because some teachers do not check their emails very often. Another option is to talk to your friends about the test and even ask them how the test was if they take it earlier than you on the test day. For example, at lunch, sometimes my friends ask me how a certain test was and I help them with what I think they should study the most. However, be very careful with giving out information about a test; never cheat or tell them exactly what the test is like. This method of "last minute studying" may not be very effective, as you want to make sure you have studied for a test thoroughly instead of relying on this method.

2. Use Online Study Tools

One thing that I cannot survive without is the website Quizlet, which is also an app sold in the App Store and Google Play Store. This website is great for studying because it is basically an online flashcard maker. It works well for vocabulary or language tests especially, and I have had great experiences with this website. Another amazing website that I recommend is ExamTime. It has many different tools to use for study help, such as the ability to create a mind map, flashcards, and even make goals for yourself while studying.

3. Collaborate With Your Classmates

During finals week, most of my teachers gave us ,students, a study guide for the exam, which highlighted the main topics that would be on the test. Using GoogleDocs, people would start making a study guide based on what topics the test had on it. Soon, after inviting people to edit the docs, there were almost 48 people collaborating on one single study guide, adding new information and deleting information that was wrong. I highly recommend doing this with your friends and classmates, as you can get a large group of people to all create a study sheet that you can use to study for your test. The beauty of it is that most of the time, if you make a mistake, people will fix it. Also, this method of creating a study guide saves time because many people are working on it, rather than you one person doing all the work.

How do you make a Google Doc?

1. Create a Gmail account if you do not have one.

2. Each Gmail account comes with a Google Drive, which is where you can create and save documents. Create a document.

3. Then, using the Share button, invite all of your classmates to edit the document by typing in their gmail accounts/ emails. They will receive a notification email and then will be linked to edit your document!

Collaborating in Google Drive


4. Manage Your Time

Managing your time can be one of the hardest things to do, especially during the time of a test. Plan ahead of time when and what you would like to study. Try not to have distractions around you, such as phones or other electronic devices. If you know that you need to study the night before a test, do not make plans that night. The most important thing is planning, so in my opinion, creating a calendar is one of your best options. You can print some sort of calendar, make one of your own, or click on the link provided to you below that has a calendar for you to use.

Sample Study Planner


5. Watch Videos

A very useful tip when wanting to learn more about your test topic is to watch an overview video. On youtube, there are many different videos that are directed towards people who need to study for a certain topic and will help you learn or review the material. Normally, I use a youtube channel called Crash Course, which is hosted by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green, John's brother. This youtube channel is great for students who want a quick 10-15 minute lesson on their subject.

Crash Course Introduction


Which of these study tools have you used before reading this article?

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