As exams are less than a month away, it would be smart to start preparing now! Even if preparing means creating a binder with study guides and old tests/ quizzes, you should start making that now! Over Thanksgiving is a good time to prepare your binder so when you get back you can start studying! I interviewed a few students and teachers to see what their input was on preparing for exams.
I interviewed Mrs. Townsend, an Extended Learning Program teacher and Emmy Reynolds, a student at HIES about their thoughts on how they think students should prepare and study for exams. When I asked them when they think it would be a good idea to start preparing for exams Mrs. Townsend said, “Thanksgiving Break is a good time to start gathering all your materials together. You absolutely can’t leave it until last minute.” Emmy said, “Studying 3 weeks prior to the exam is a good time to start studying.” I agree with both of them because it is more sufficient to study weeks in advance before the exam rather than for the first time the night before. It will help you learn and remember old material better than cramming.
When I asked them how they think students should prepare for exams Mrs. Townsend said, “The way your brain works it is better to study 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks rather than 8 hours a day for 2 days straight.” As we know some people (including ourselves) tend to cram the night before a test or quiz. Sometimes it works and you do pretty well on it, but it doesn’t help you in the long run. You forget the information faster than you would if you had studied a little bit everyday for a week or two. Mrs. Townsend also said, “Educational and Brain research shows that you will see better results if you do a little bit at a time over a long period of time.” When asked how to prepare Emmy said, “ Collecting all your notes and reviewing old tests will help you learn and understand old material that is gray from the past.”
It is proven that what you eat and how much you sleep will affect your test results significantly. Mrs. Townsend said, “During exams and studying for them students should be eating healthy. Including fruits and vegetables. Students tend to rely on candy and caffeine to keep they up and studying but it doesn’t help because you crash.” Emmy said “healthy foods and eating all 3 meals” is the best during exams. I agree with this too because you also feel better when eating healthier too. Also exercising and staying active helps you relieve stress and is a great way to get a break from studying.
As you start to prepare for exams in the next 2 weeks, be sure to keep these helpful tips on how to improve your scores in your mind! Good luck!