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Guide To Study for a Test

Updated on April 23, 2017

Starting Your Day

No one can study for test when they are distracted, even less when they are tired. So get a good night’s rest in, between 8-9 hours for anyone who wants to be well rested. Try not to wake up with an alarm as this can make you feel more stressed in the morning, which is what you want to avoid when writing a test.

Have a Nutritional Breakfast

If you are having cereal, then add some sliced blueberries and strawberries with your cereal. This will increase your energy levels trough out the day, and make you have a more efficient day with more energy and focus. Drink lots of water during the day to keep you hydrated, and remember to eat lots of fruits such as mango's, Apples and Oranges.

Have a Schedule

To be able to study efficiently, you need to have a set time in which you will be studying and when you will have a break. Time management is key when you’re studying, it makes you feel less rushed or hurried if you have your study times planned out. Plan your study times out the week before the test to use your time most efficiently. Calculate how many things you need to study and break it up into each day of the week, so that you can cover everything slow and steadily. Work out how long it takes you to study one page, and then do the calculations for the study times in the week. Revise your work every day to increase your understanding of the topic, this helps you move the work from short term memory to long term memory, where you can retrieve it later.


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    Study With a Friend

    Get a friend, family, member, colleague, your girlfriend or boyfriend to help quiz you- or at least to listen to you rattle off information. Talking to someone else and making the information more interactive makes it that much more memorable. However, remember not to choose a friend who will goof around instead of studying!

    Or have a study session with two or more friends who are taking the same test if possible! Studies show that groups of people that have a leader to keep them on track and cover all the necessary bases do better than those who study alone. And make sure everyone brings some light snacks for studying.

    Avoid Last Minute Study Sessions

    Studying the night before the test will make it even more difficult- you will be sleep deprived, groggy, and your mind will not be firing on all pistons. You don’t want to gather heaps of information in one night; it’s impossible to absorb that much information at once. Studies show that late night crammers get average grades. If you’re looking for a C, cram away. But if you’re looking for something a bit better, avoid it.

    Study before bed and when you wake up. It is proven that when you study in the morning after you woke up, your mind will absorb more information because you feel fresh and rested, especially when you have had a good night’s rest. Revise your work that you have studied that morning before you go to bed, it is also proven that your mind will cement the information in your memory when you study it before you go to sleep. So studying when you wake up and before you go to sleep is a safe bet.

    Ask Your Teacher What To Study

    Remember that a teacher should always be willing to help you if you don’t understand the work. So if you don’t understand a part of the work, then ask your teacher for help on that specific Topic or part that you are struggling with. Pay attention in class, this will improve your understanding and you can ask clear questions you may have during your instruction. You may also find that your instructor addresses certain test answers or elicits bonus options, so don’t start snoozing! During the lessons remember to take note that will help you when you are busy studying, focus on concepts, definitions, and formulas that you think will be on the test. Use your highlighters to write in pictures and diagrams, too. The more fun you make it for yourself, the more you’ll enjoy it, and the more you enjoy it, the easier it’ll be to remember.

    Before You Take The Test

    Listen to music that you like and that will make you feel more calm and relaxed. Music helps in reducing stress, and this will help you to stay focused and remember what you studied when you are calm. But listen to relaxing music prior to the test as it will most likely only increase your ability to focus for about 15 minutes. Classical music is a good choice for helping reduce your stress as it doesn’t get you all hyped up. Instead it calms and relaxes you which increases your focus. Have a couple classical songs ready on your cellphone before you write the test so you can write the test feeling sharp.

    Go Into The Test With a Positive Manner

    It is proven that if you think that you are going to do well on the test then most of the time your grade will be higher than if you think you are going to do poorly on the materials. Sort of a “fake it till you make it” idea. But it works! Think about positive thoughts such as “I will ace this test” or even write them down on a piece of paper. This will remind you to keep up the positive vibes. Be sure to read the piece of paper again before you write the test, so it can get you in an uplifting zone.

    Take Deep breaths to try to keep calm. It’s proven that your attitude during the test affects the result much more that how you remember the material. Relax. You’ve got this! If test anxiety is a thing you’re too familiar with, try yoga, meditation, or listening to your favourite song before the test. If you get in a good place beforehand, you’ll be more likely to stay there.

    Read The Questions Carefully When Writing The Test

    Read the questions at least twice, in case you missed something before. Underline the keywords in the question. Don’t rush it. If possible, read through the entire exam questions before you start writing any answers. This will give you an idea of what is in store and will help you manage your time better. It also prevents any nasty surprises with only a few minutes left. But if you are concerned with the time, then don’t read through the entire question paper and take your time to work through the questions if you’re a slow test taker. Be sure to fill out all the questions even if it might not be correct, because after all, an answer is better than a blank space!


    I challenge you to use this guide the next time you have to write a test or exam, and I assure you that you’ll do great. Thanks for reading this article and be sure to follow me for more guides like this one. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them for you, just write it in the comments section below. And remember to always stay positive ;)


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    Taking Breaks

    It’s easy to think that going through a 6 hour study session will ensure that you pass any test. But studies have shown that taking breaks in between study sessions helps your brain absorb information easier. Your brain is like a muscle and it needs time to relax to perform well, too. Aim for a 10 minute break every hour or so, and don’t go off and watch TV during your break times as that will just make it harder for you to study, because you are not relaxing your brain by watching TV.