A Tip to the Wise

Whether you are enrolled in AP classes, normal classes, college-in-the-classroom classes, or are taking part of the running start program, almost everyone at some point in time has to study. With the upcoming AP tests in may and Finals in June, students are beginning to alter their study habits to help them perform at their best. Below are some of the top tips to help you through the upcoming testing season:


  1. Pick a designated time and place to study. Those who study in the same place every day at the same time will associate that place with learning and are able to retain information much easier.
  2. Study a little but every day. Taking a little bit of time every day to review that days notes or information from previous days will make it easier to recall on testing day.
  3. Plan when you are going to study. Keep this time constant and do not forget to allow yourself breaks.
  4. Understand the way you learn best. Many people are visual learners and require videos and colorful notes to help them retain information. Others learn best by creating 3D models or by physically performing an activity. Whatever your learning style is, fuel your study habits toward this style.
  5. Review and revise your notes. After studying a particular passage in a textbook, take time to paraphrase the passage in your own words. Doing this will force your brain to think more about the article or passage and how it relates to the subject you are studying.
  6. Do not forget to take breaks. The best way to study is to work hard for 50 minutes then take a 10 minute break. By breaking it up, your brain can store the information you just learned into storage and make room for new information and be able to process it better.
  7. Ask for help. Contrary to popular belief, your teachers and professors want you to understand and be able to apply the information you are learning into your daily life. If you are struggling, ask your advisor to sit down with you after class and review that day’s notes, or if one on one is not working, try joining or creating a small group to study with friends.
  8. Stay motivated. Staying motivated while studying can be difficult. Try making a playlist of lyrical music to set in the background and tell yourself that you can be done studying after the playlist is complete. A sweet treat while studying or a snack can also keep you going by fueling your brain and make the whole experience more enjoyable.
  9. Invest in a study app. There are many apps on the market that can help you when it comes to studying. Quizlet allows you to create and store notecards that you can study on the go. For small groups, have each member create a Kahoot game and play as a group and discuss the answers as you go. Kahoot is a fun and simple way to learn new information in a larger group.
  10. Do not forget about yourself. The best way to retain information and be sure you will do fine on the test is yo keep yourself healthy, well rested, and eating healthy. Stay away from large amounts of junk food and artificial sweeteners. Do not plan to stay up all night studying as this can be counterproductive. Get a good nights rest for at least three days before the exam. Also, staying physically active can raise your endorphin levels, resulting in a happier mood.

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