- Keep organized by writing all your assignments in one place.
- If you have a question in class, ask it. Itís best to get answers right away in order to understand what comes next. If thereís one subject thatís particularly difficult, be sure to ask your teacher for help after school.
- Pay attention during class. Itís hard to learn if you donít listen.
- Look at your assignments as soon as you get home. That way you can plan your study time and other activities better.
- Pick a good time for you to study. Study during that same time every day. If that time doesnít work for you after awhile, be sure to change it to a time that works better.
- Study in a quiet place. Distractions make it harder to concentrate.
- Take breaks. If youíre trying to study and all you can think about is moving around, then move around. Thereís no point in studying if you canít concentrate. Keep breaks to a maximum of 10 minutes. And do your best not to break more than one time per hour.
- Sometimes it may be helpful to study with friends. Review your notes together and ask questions. But be sure to stay focused on the subject. Friends can be helpful, but they can sometimes be a distraction.
- Try different study techniques. Everyoneís different, so study the way that works best for you.
- Start studying long before the test. Do not cram one day before. Chances are, youíll forget what you read because you didnít take the time to learn it.
- Get as much information about what will be on the test as possible. Make a list of what you need to know. Then go down the list as you study.
- Figure out your strong areas and the areas that need more of your attention. Plan your time accordingly.
- Read and study to understand. Donít just read to memorize. If you just memorize, thereís a good chance youíll forget what youíve read. If you understand it, it will always make sense.
- Relax. If youíre nervous, youíll have a hard time concentrating on the test.
- Be positive. If you go into a test thinking youíre going to fail, your chances of doing well will go down.
- Get a good nightís sleep the night before the test. Youíll want your mind to be ready for your test in the morning.
- Eat breakfast. This will give you energy and will help you focus on your test.
- Pace yourself. Racing through the test could cause you to misunderstand a question and get the wrong answer.
- If a question stumps you, skip it, move on, and go back to it if you have more time at the end of the test.
- When youíve completed your test, review your answers. Make sure you havenít skipped over any questions, and be sure that all of your answers are complete and easy to read.
- After your test has been turned in and youíre done, reward yourself by doing something fun.