It’s been proven that students who have solid study habits not only ace their tests, but they’re most likely to succeed in their jobs after graduation. However, carving out the time, place, and ideal study strategy can be a bit difficult for people who have other commitments and a lot going on in their personal life. Plus, prepping for a test and following through with certain study habits that help pass a test are different for everyone. While things, like getting enough sleep the night before, exercising, eating right, and going to class, are common factors for passing tests with flying colors, here are some other tips that may help you figure out what works best for you:
PLAN AHEAD, FORM A STUDY GROUP, AND TEST YOURSELF
- Plan ahead. Know when your test is going to be held so that you can give yourself enough time to study.
- Find a study space. If being at home is too distracting, stay at school or find a place near campus like a coffee shop, park, or library.
- Study in groups. One of the best ways to learn is to be with others that can share notes, study habits, and are committed to passing the test as much as you are.
- Make flash cards. What’s nice about flash cards is that they’re portable so that you can take them anywhere and grab a minute or two of study time amongst a busy schedule.
- Self-test. After reading a page in an article or textbook, test yourself on what you just read so that the information is more likely to sink in.
MAKE TIME TO STUDY, SIT IN FRONT OF THE CLASS, AND GET SOME SLEEP!
- Sleep. Your brain has to rest so that you can remember all you’ve studied, so make sure you catch enough zzz’s before your test.
- Make time to study. Put in at least one hour a day.
- Stick to it. If you’ve found an ideal place and time to study, stay with it until it becomes a habit, and second nature to study.
- Sit in the front of the class. Data shows that when you sit in front of the class, you’re more alert, can listen better, and you’re the first to see the lecture notes up close and personal with more time for it to sink in.
- Space it out. If you space out your studies over a period of time, then you’re more likely to retain more information than if you try to cram it all in on the day of (or night before) the test.
RETAIN THE STUDY MATERIAL BY MOVING, GOOGLING, AND GOING TO CLASS
- Tell a story. Sometimes it helps to tell a story or use metaphors to help you remember terminology and make it more relatable.
- Move. If you are sitting down too much during an intense study session, then get up and move around. It will help get your blood flowing again so you can think more clearly and remember your notes.
- Google it. If you weren’t clear about a certain concept that the instructor went over in class, look it up online. Chances are that there’s a video or an article that resonates more clearly with you.
- Write it out. Drawing or taking notes can help reinforce what you read or what the instructor went over in class.
- GO TO CLASS. This is pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll say it again- in order to pass a test you have to go to class!
UEI WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED
Getting your diploma to pursue your dream career takes effort but pays off in the long term. And since testing is a necessary part of proving that you know your stuff, it’s imperative that you pay attention in class, implement solid study habits, and work hard to prove to future employers that you are motivated to succeed. Fortunately, UEI College is here to help you along the way for whatever career path you choose. For more information about UEI’s programs, admissions, and career services, visit www.uei.edu and request some more information today.