Hey guys! I thought I would do another school related post today, since I haven’t done one in a while. Taking tests at school is something we all have to do, whether we like it or not. I don’t know about you, but a lot of the time I want to get good grades on my tests, but I don’t want to have to do extra work to prepare for them. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, we can’t just magically ace all our tests (wouldn’t that be amazing), we have to be confident in the material and show that we’ve learned something. But what if you’re nervous that there will be something on the test you aren’t prepared for? You want to study, but you don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas to get you going:
1. Ask Questions. If you are unsure how to do that math problem, or you don’t know what phenotype means in science class (a personal question I have), your teacher is there for you to ask them questions. They won’t think you’re dumb if you ask them something, they will only think better of you for having the integrity and courage to do so. If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the whole class, ask the teacher personally before you leave. Chances are you won’t do well on the test if you have unanswered questions beforehand.
2. Do The Homework. This one seems pretty obvious and straightforward, but its the pure truth: if you don’t do the homework the teacher gives you, how will you know everything you need to know? Teachers do not give homework to torture the students- it is a way for you to learn more and get more practice doing the material.
3. Repetition Is A Good Way To Stick Things In Your Brain. Flashcards or something of the sort are very helpful for me when it comes to tests. When I need to know vocabulary words, I make digital flashcards on Quizlet, a free app that is SO helpful for studying. You can take mini tests, match the word and definition in a matching game, or use the flashcards they make for you. Also having someone like your mom or dad quiz you is great practice.
4. Don’t Procrastinate Or Cram Five Minutes Before Class. I have done this before, and believe me, you may remember a few of the things you crammed in your brain two minutes prior to the test, but being well prepared the night before will produce much better results. Don’t wait until the day of the test to go over the review or ask others for their notes. Study the night before, get some good sleep, and be ready and prepared when you arrive at school.
I hope these tips can be helpful for you in the future. Comment below some of your strategies for doing your best on tests!