Preparing for an exam

Practical tips for preparing a test

Because we know that preparing for an exam is not an easy task, we give you some simple tips that will be of great help:

  • The first thing is to know what type of test will be the one you will face; if it is of alternatives, the best is a memory learning strategy; if it is development, you must work with diagrams and summaries.
  • To start the study, it is key to have good notes and all the material that will enter the test.
  • Concentration when studying is essential. So, if during the following hours you are going to study, you should really do it leaving aside any distracting element such as the telephone, television, music, etc.
  • At the time of studying, find a quiet place, sit correctly and place your notebooks and study materials on a clear table and with everything you need at hand; notes, books, pencil, etc.
  • If the test is mathematics, we advise you to first understand the theory and then go to practice and try to solve as many problems as possible. Try to do all the exercises done in class without looking at the solution.
  • Keep in mind that it is much more efficient to spend 20 minutes reading a page carefully and paying attention than to read that same page 20 times quickly and without understanding.
  • Make diagrams, especially if you have visual memory, they will be of great help to you. Use different colors, underline, highlight, draw, etc. All this will be a great help to remember.
  • Make summaries of the subject, as complete as possible and always using your own words. Drawing outlines and summaries will help you understand the subject while doing it and then go through it as many times as you need.
  • When you are memorizing a song and you feel sure that you did it completely, stop for a moment and take a break. This will help your brain to process information subconsciously.
  • To maintain your concentration, it is recommended that you do study intervals, that is, you study 45 minutes, rest 10, and so on.
  • Keep in mind that to make a good summary you must always go from the general to the particular, and it must contain only the essential information and must be impartial, that is, it must not have your own reflections or ideas.
  • If you have to memorize a list of things or names, use techniques such as putting together a single word with the first letter or syllable of those.
  • When memorizing, you must have a lot of patience, since it is not something immediate but requires a lot of concentration and repetition.
  • Never say "This subject is not for me", since there are people who consider themselves, for example, bad for mathematics, languages, etc. Don't fall for it and get that idea out of your mind thinking that you can be good at everything you set your mind to. All you need to do is try harder on that subject. Your attitude influences much more than you think.
  • Be participative in classes, always pay attention to the teacher, ask and give your opinion in case there is any debate.
  • Always take notes in class as this will help you pay attention, learn and not get bored in class.
  • Try to get into the habit of studying a little every day. Thus, your study will be more productive and efficient and you will not leave everything for the end or the day before the exam.
  • The day before the test try to do physical exercise or sport to release tension and relax.

The night before the exam, try to sleep at least 7 hours to wake up with your mind clear.