Top 10 Study Tips
Finals week is coming up fast and if you are like most students, you’re probably stressed about the multitude of tests you’ll have to take and how you could possibly remember everything you learned this semester. However, there are a multitude study tips and tools available to help you be prepared for any type of test. Here are the top 10 study tips provided by students at Mountain Vista.
- Delete your distractions. This will help you stay on task longer and eliminate the opportunity for procrastination.
“Right before finals I delete the Twitter app off of my phone [because] when I’m bored I go onTwitter.”
-Lauren Irwin, 12
- Write things out by hand. Typing notes or flashcards on a computer is much less effective for retaining information. Writing it out by hand increases the cognitive response in the brain and effectively helps retain the key information.
“I always write down my notes by hand because it helps me remember the information better.”
-Carson Archuleta, 11
- Get organized, stay organized. Take a few minutes to organize your notebooks or binders.
“I use colors to help me organize information better.”
-Greyson Koinzan, 11
- For academics such as math or physics, watching others complete problems you’re confused on can help you understand the steps.
“I watch youtube videos or Kahn Academy videos and do practice problems while following along to help me understand.”
-Carly Ems, 11
- For foreign languages, use flashcards and repetition.
“I like using quizlet for my french class and looking over everything before the test.”
-Camille Antonsen, 11
- Give yourself breaks and time to recharge. If you tend to get distracted and think you’ll procrastinate getting back to work after a break, set a timer for yourself.
“Whenever I feel like my focus is fading, I’ll take a little break from working.”
-Aubyn Snyder, 11
- Do not procrastinate, ( I don’t know how much this can be emphasized) Save yourself the trouble of cramming by doing a little bit at a time a period of a few days or a week so you have the chance to talk to teachers or get help understanding anything you have trouble with.
“I don’t leave things for the last minute. I prefer to study a little bit each night leading up to a test rather than cramming it all in the night before.”
-Lauren Cowie, 10
- Ask for help from teachers. It’s not as scary as you think it is; it’s their job to help you.
“I used to hate asking for help from teachers if I didn’t understand something but as soon as I started doing it I felt so much better because I actually understood the material and felt more prepared.”
-Victoria Coffman, 11
- Create a schedule and keep yourself on track by setting time limits for studying and taking breaks.
“I study for an hour and half and then take a 15 minute break and repeat [to] help keep me focused.”
-Georgia Lane, 10
- Get enough sleep. This will help your brain and body recharge. Research by Harvard’s Sleep Medicine division suggests that being well rested improves your brain’s power of recall.
“I always make sure to get enough sleep the night before a test.”
-Chris Morales, 12
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