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How to Prepare for a Big Exam

Last updated August 17, 2023

How to Prepare for a Big Exam

Think of exams like a performance. Imagine you’re a cellist, or dancer, on stage in front of an audience - the cellist practices scales and reading and playing music; the dancer moves through the choreography again and again - both with the ultimate aim of not making a single mistake when they start performing on stage.

Big tests are no different! While tests can be a big source of anxiety, if you practice diligently and give yourself time to prepare leading up to that big “performance” day, you’ll be on track to earn that A grade.

To get you started, here are 3 tips on strategic test prep:

Determine what you know and what you don’t know

Efficiency is key from the get-go when you start preparing for a test. Time spent reviewing material you already know is not an effective use of your time, so take a moment to sift through your syllabus, notes, textbook, and any quizzes to gauge where you should prioritize studying. Ask your instructor how the test will be formatted to help guide your preparation.

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Make a study guide

With the countless study tips available, there’s no right way to study. However, creating a study guide to organize what you learned in class is key in helping you prepare for the big exam. Creating a study guide that works for you - whether on your own or using an app - all depends on your learning style. Check out 4 Ways To Format Your Study Guide to help you get started!

Set your schedule and find a good place to study

Start studying at least 2-3 weeks in advance of a big exam. Dedicate 30 minutes - 1 hour, at least 3 times per week, to studying for it. You may also want to create an ideal study space - so if you prefer to study in a cafe or at home, make sure you take the necessary steps that allow you to study distraction-free.

Stick to your schedule, and you’ll see big results. If you need help, be sure to take advantage of after school tutorials and ask your teacher questions.

Studying for a big exam can be intimidating, but with the right approach you can be on your way towards success! Any questions? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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