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How to Study for Test

Updated on June 24, 2009

How to study for test

If you want good result in your test , the main thing you have to concentrate upon is your preparation and also some study skill/ study tips / ways of study / time management . So if you really want to get an "A" or good result in your school and university exams or test , you had better be ready to think, eat, sleep , relax whatever it is .The only thing you need is to be well prepared.

How to study for test ( Follow these simple steps ) for your Sucess :-

Take Notes Effectively :

1. By taking good notes you will be able to study for exams directly from your notes.

2. The process of taking notes effectively provides you repetition of the information that you are learning by both listening and writing the information. This repetition helps you to learn the information.

3. Taking notes helps you to keep you concentrated in the class.

Method of taking effective notes :

For taking effective notes you may use one of the best method called " The Cornell Note Taking method " the very useful and easy to use method which assist you to organize your notes and prepare them for later reference. This method of note taking is also useful when reading your text books.

Step 1 - Use top right hand corner of your page for giving information as :

- Class

- Date

- Page Number

Step 2 - Use larger right hand part / section of your page for taking notes and leave the left-hand margin as it is ( blank ). Draw a 2½ inch line down the left side of the page and a 2 inch line across the bottom of the page.

Step 3 - Use spaces to show topic change and indent to show subtopics and details.

Step 4 - Abbreviate common words such as “because” , “and” and other words that are used frequently (words not related to the course topic).

Step 5 -Eliminate articles such as “the” , “a” to save your precious time

·Before your class

  • Review your notes from last class.
  • Make a list of questions to ask in class.

During your class

  • Keep your focus concentrated on main ideas ( main points of lesson) .
  • Make use of abbreviated words wherever and whenever needed.

After your class

  • Read your notes and check a classmate's notes to see if you missed significant details.
  • Review your notes regularly and test yourself to see how much you can recall.

Make Use of Your Computer :

  • Try to make study sheet on your PC but remember do not waste your . Type Question followed by their answers , use your formatting skills to make your subject memorable by highlighting important point / main ideas so that it is easy to revise later. You may also summarise the lesson according to your need that should cover all important points .

Try to Find Best Place for Study :

Find a quite place this may be a room with no distraction . Or, you may go to a school library or public library according to your preference where it is reasonably quiet, but, a good thing you will get there is satisfaction that others are watching you study hard! Turn off everything that would distract you, start reading the main ideas or important points or summarised text . Do not try to think about outside world i.e. friends , relatives , your family and your loved ones and at least at that time forget about your expectations that stumble into your mind .

Try to Follow SQR3 Method :

S = Survey Before you start to read spend your few minutes to scan important text features i.e. headings , titles , summary , bold text , italic text this will give you a idea of the lesson you want to start.

Q = Question must be practiced by turning heading into questions this will help you memorise chapter better .

R = Read your material selectively and actively.

R = Recite or Recall try to answers previously written questions after you have finished your reading.

R = Review main points after you have finished your reading and test yourself that if you can recall them or not . Review your chapter thoroughly.

Try to Make Flash Cards :

By using a regular piece of paper folded (vertically) in half. Put your questions on the side you can see when the paper is folded; unfold it to see the answers inside. Keep quizzing yourself until you get all the answers right reliably.

NOTE - Cornell note-taking method can also be used for making flash cards, By grouping your notes around keywords and remembering later what you wrote by viewing those keywords.

Some Important Tips :

  • Take 5 minutes relax after every 45 - 55 minutes .
  • Keep your mind calm while you are reading.
  • Try to find a serious study partner .
  • Begin study no less than 30-90 minutes after a meal and if possible study no more than 30-40 minutes at a stretch.
  • Get a good nights sleep.


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