Tips for Preparing for Your Next Test

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Tests are a stressful part of high school. This article contains tips and advice meant to help high schoolers ace their next test.
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Tips for Preparing for Your Next Test

Taking tests is a large part of high school - whether students like it or not. Students take a variety of tests, such as weekly tests and quizzes, midterms, finals, standardized state tests and the ACT and SATs. How you choose to prepare for them is just as critical as how long you choose to study. Developing a good study strategy can also help make transitioning to college studying habits easier, which is why it's important to develop effective methods during high school. Here are some tips to consider.

Reviewing Notes

Many students review their notes the night before a test. However, many professionals suggest that students review their notes the same day they take them when they get home. By reviewing it immediately, they may be able to fill in gaps that they left out or they can call friends to ask questions. They may also ask their teachers the next day while the class is still on the subject. After this initial review, it's important to review notes a few days before the test rather than cramming the night before. Stretching the review over several days allows one time to sort through complex concepts.

Writing Flashcards

Using flash cards is another way to study. Many students take their notes and rewrite them onto flashcards. Using color-coated flash cards can help keep notes organized. There are also different sizes and styles of flashcards. Blank flashcards work well if diagrams help explain concepts. Lined flashcards can be used for bullet points. There are also large cards and small cards. Flashcards can be paper clipped, placed on a ring or rubber banded to keep them together. It's useful to have flashcards because students can keep them in their backpacks and study in between classes or right before the test. This method is particularly useful when studying a foreign language because continuous practice is essential.

Studying in Groups

Studying with friends or other classmates can be another studying strategy. This strategy works best when it's coupled with independent studying. Working in a group helps many students because they can ask their peers questions. If the other classmates don't know the answer, they can work together to find a solution. It's also helpful to compare notes with friends in order to ensure you have everything written down. When studying with friends, it can be tempting to talk about other things, but it's important to stay on track. Find friends who are as committed to studying as you are to avoid distraction or frustration.

Hopefully, these ideas can help you find a studying method that helps you accomplish the academic goals you hope to achieve.

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