As you get older, school becomes more challenging, which means you will have to take more tests. Even if you had tests in your younger years, tests that you have when you are older and smarter are more serious. So, if you want to do well on any test that may be near, read our article to ensure you get a great score.
- Use a mnemonic device, which is a great strategy for memorizing test answers. This can be a song (here is one about The Phases of The Moon 😉), a rhyme, or just a funny phrase to help you remember something, like the capitals of the Canadian Provinces, the phases of the moon, or any other important facts. An example could be, “Yukon ride on a Whitehorse.” This is to remember that Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon. It sounds like “You can ride on a white horse.”
- If your teacher gave you a study guide, strategically study from it. This only works if your teacher gave you a study guide. First, read the study guide you were given through and REALLY try to understand each word for what it is. Then, grab a lined piece of paper and a colourful pen or marker. Then, in your OWN WORDS, write down the most important facts that you just read onto your piece of paper. If you fully understand something, you should be able to write it down without having to look at your study guide again. And when done, you will have a page full of very important facts in your own words for you to study off of!
- Take breaks. This might be a bit of a shocker, but it is key to take breaks in order to study effectively. If you don’t take semi-frequent breaks, then your brain will get tired and stop remembering all the information that it is taking in while you are studying. However, these breaks need to be specific in order for them to work. If you take breaks, they have to be active. You can jump on a trampoline, go for a walk, or jump rope, but you can’t sit around and play video games and watch YouTube.
You should study for about 25 minutes and then take a seven-minute break. This is the most effective way to take breaks. Make sure that you have a parent monitoring how long your breaks are, or you might end up spending too much time taking breaks and not enough studying.
- Use flashcards. Flashcards are a great way to study. They help you remember important facts in a short period of time. Just be sure that you have enough time to study if you do decide to use flashcards. They may be great, but don’t spend all your time making them.
- Listen to a video game soundtrack while studying. This music is designed to keep you pumped and to push you to keep going, and it is very upbeat. It makes you want to improve your understanding and keep going. If you find that video game soundtracks don’t work for you, you can try focus music, like this.
- Try to teach a sibling or parent about the subject. This will require you to tell them in your own words, and by doing this you are getting a much deeper understanding of the concept. Be prepared to answer questions that they have about whatever you are teaching them about. In fact, you should encourage them to ask questions, because the questions they ask could be on the test!
- Get rid of distractions. Yes, we know it is very challenging to live without your phone for 40 minutes, but trust us, it will help a lot. If you study with your device by your side, you are going to be easily distracted, which will cause you to go back and forth between studying and your phone. This will cause your study time to be ineffective because you are distracted, and not putting your full attention into what you are learning.
- Eat healthily and get enough sleep. Studies have shown that when you eat a balanced diet the week before a test, you will perform better because you have more energy. Studies have also shown that on the night of a test, you should get at LEAST 9 hours of sleep in order to have enough energy to succeed. So, make sure that you aren’t eating Doritos and coke for your meals every day, and, although it might sound like a good idea at the time, don’t stay up all night studying the night before a test!
This will also reduce anxiety and stress before a test, which is great because often stress and anxiety are the main culprits when people fail or “bomb” tests.
We wish you the best of luck on your test and hope that these tips helped you out!
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