How do you study for a big test?


Posted on : 27-06-2013 | By : My Study Coach | In : study skills
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My finals start next week, and I’ve been trying to study, but when I take the practice tests, I clearly see how much more I need to study. I am also a really bad test-taker, so that means that I have to study twice as much. Do you have any study tips for me? Or maybe just tell me how you study?
How do you suggest I study for five big finals next week?

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Go somewhere quiet where you can focus and have no distractions. When I have big tests or exams, I’ll reread over all the material that we have covered that will be on the test. Some people think it’s a waste of time, buuuut I choose to rewrite my notes a few times because it helps me remember them a lot more and I don’t forget them as much. Flashcards also seem to help a lot of people. Depending on what classes you have tests in, draw diagrams or tables that might help you memorize things you think you might forget.

I’ve realized that I learn more under pressure (like when the examination day is near/ it’s the day itself). So, I cram. It works for me, but ideally, it’s best if you study a lot beforehand. Cramming goes to your short term memory.

Study with a partner, or with a group of people who you think know more than you. Hang with them, because usually, they quiz each other and they are very thorough and detailed in reviewing. I learn more from people like that than from reading a book on my own. To see and hear what you need to learn really helps in burning information into your brain.

For memorization, I write the things I need to review down. It’s something similar to photographic memory. Your brain remembers what you’ve written down; what it looks like on paper.

Also, mnemonics. It helps you remember information by associating them with something familiar/makes things easier to remember.

Example: Types of White Cells: Never Let Monkeys Eat Bananas
Neutrophils Leukocytes Monocytes Eosinophils Basophils

Try not to stress too much. The more you get nervous, the more you’ll jumble things up and forget.

Good luck.

PS- if you’re in a time crunch, just read everything twice, thrice. The more times, the better you remember. The brain is wonderful in recognition.


1) Create a schedule. It is really helpful. Know how to divide up your time so you can study for all your finals.
2) Allow plenty of time to get your studying done. Again, creating a schedule will really help with this step.
3) Review all the material for the test. Redo your homework or past quizzes if you can.
4) Take a practice test. If one is not available, make one up or ask your family members to quiz you.
5) Stay focused and don’t get distracted when you are studying. Study in the environment you are most comfortable with.
6) Don’t doubt yourself. If you put in enough time to study, you will be fine.

Good Luck!

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