How to Study for an English Exam

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To study for an English exam, designate specific blocks of time for studying, allowing plenty of time before the test to absorb the information efficiently. Review previous exams, papers and books to study for an English exam with advice from a former classroom instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from Young Writers Workshops.com, and I'd like to talk about how to study for an English exam. Studying for an exam is sort of like a marathon, preparing for a marathon. I usually recommend, if you're studying for an exam, to set up blocks of time when you'll be studying and then have times when you take breaks. Really set time so that you don't get overwhelmed and that you can kind of remain focused without wasting any time. I really recommend not staying up all night. I recommend starting to study a week or two ahead of time, and really, you know, having blocks of time that you commit to and that you don't end up trying to squeeze too much in at the end. I'd also really recommend people to focus on what the teachers have given them as materials. Often your professor or teacher will give you a study guide so that you have a list of the topics that will be included on the exam. Or you may even just have to go back to your notes, because usually during the course of the semester or quarter, the teacher will say "This will be on the exam", or "This won't be on the exam." So, if you have notes about what kind of contents going to be covered, go back to those or use a study guide provided by...for the teacher. If there are some novels that will be included on the English exam, go back and skim back over them and look at notes that you've taken on them. Possibly look at study guides that are available for the novel. And be sure to give yourself time to go over the notes several times before you go...you take the exam, just take a few last minutes to peruse over your notes. You might find some little bit of information that you've missed in your earlier studying. So, those are some ideas about how to study for an English exam.

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