How to study a week before an exam

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Cramming for an early morning exam the night before may work, but it's painful. The next day, the speedy studier's brain will be dazed, her eyes will be bloodshot and her energy will be zapped. It's much easier to study for an upcoming exam little by little. Taking legible notes in class and investing in a few highlighters go a long way in preparation, while rewriting one's notes on a computer can really help cement test information in a student's mind.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • Computer
  • Textbook

Note taking, organization, and repatition

  • Taking notes while in class is an easy way to record information. The act will also keep the brain alert, and attentive.

  • Coding each note section with different colors can help the brain retain information and categorize notes naturally.

  • Typing notes out allows a person to re-read information, and think about the lesson. Adding information from a textbook and supplemental materials can enhance notes, too.

  • Reading through notes on the bus, between classes, while waiting for a friend at a bar, or while eating dinner can help a person better remember material.

  • Quizzing a few days before a test can help a brain recall information quickly. Ask yourself a question, and allow yourself 10 minutes to answer it. Then, reread your answer, and think about how you could answer the question better next time around.

  • Getting a good night's sleep and eating a healthy breakfast before a test can help you perform better, and can keep you calm.

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