It’s that time of year again – final exams and tests are weighing heavily on the minds of high school students. Teachers, parents and guardians are encouraging you to start studying, reviewing and preparing for your finals. The stress of it can be rather overwhelming, but students, don’t despair! There are strategies that you can use to study for and ace your exams.
Although there may be a lot of reading material to cover, it’s important to remember that merely reading through your notes and textbooks for review is not enough. You need to apply active study skills if you want to really understand and be able to remember the information. Here are some active study tips to help you comprehend and recall your course material:
Create Study/Flash Cards – the very fact that you have to physically write out information on study cards suggests that you will be more likely to recall the information when you’re tested on it. Once you’ve created the cards, don’t just reread them – instead, flip through them, recite them orally, visualize the information, or quiz a classmate
Use Mnemonics – if you need to ‘remember’ or recall large chunks of information for a test, you may find that mnemonics are a helpful tool. Organize key words according to the first letter and arrange the letters into a word – and remember the word doesn’t necessarily have to make sense. For instance, if you needed to know the colours in the light spectrum you could recall the name ROY G. BIV (which stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).
These two study strategies will help you remember and recall material for a test. Stay tuned for more tips on active studying!