Tips to Prepare for Any Exam
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Tips to Prepare for Any Exam

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You are capable of learning almost anything you set your mind to. But one of the most difficult things to learn is how to study. It seems simple, right? You just…sit down and do it. Studying is just reading the notes you took in class or skimming your study guides. Unfortunately, it’s not often that straightforward. Preparing for an upcoming exam can take a few steps. Here are some tips to prepare for an exam, whether it’s your first or your final!

Don’t procrastinate!
Though it is seriously tempting, leaving exam prep to the day before—or even the day of—the exam is not the best way to ensure you get a good grade. Though you might remember a few key points if you cram the last minute, most of the information is going to be lost somewhere in your brain. Make sure to note the days you have exams or the days you’re planning to take exams if you’re working on a self-paced program. Then, plan enough time to slowly cover and study the material. This way, when the exam comes, you’ll really know the information and won’t just have it memorized.

Join a study group or start a study group.
Even if you’re working on an online program and your classmates are thousands of miles away, it’s still possible to get a study group together. Most online students communicate through email, social media, and their school’s website. The best part of a study group is that you’re all different people with different strengths. You’re able to supplement each other’s weaknesses. You’re also able to challenge each other and, bonus, you’re making new friends!

Don’t think you need to go on a study spree!
Breaks are important! It may seem more productive to sit for hours, cramming as much information into your head as possible but taking short breaks to stretch, go for a walk, or have a snack will revitalize you and help you study better. If you’re just staring at the same notes for hours, you’ll end up not even paying attention to what you’re reading and it’ll be a waste of time.

Find out what type of learner you are.
We all learn differently and there is absolutely no shame in that. Some of us are visual learners, relying on detailed notes and images. Others learn by recording their lectures or notes and listening to them again. If you’re not sure what kind of learner you are, you can take a simple assessment online like this one.

Whether you’re taking an online high school program or working on a degree program at a traditional university, you can apply the same study tips to acing your exams. And, don’t forget you can always reach out to your instructors and classmates when need a little extra help.

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