How to Study for an Exam + Printable Checklist

Studying for an Exam can be difficult. No one particularly enjoys studying. Here are a few tips on how to study for an exam and ace it! Simply putting in the effort can create amazing results!

Understand what type of course you’re taking.

  • Are there definitions & terms you need to memorize?
  • Or facts & dates?
  • Or equations & theories?

The reason you need to understand what type of course you’re taking is because studying for a calculus exam is completely different than studying for a history exam.

In a course where there are many definitions and dates, flash cards are very beneficial. Where needing to know equations is best studied through practice problems. Here are 5 Ways to Study Flash Cards!

5 Ways To Study Flash Cards | College Tips | Hayle Olson | www.hayleolson.com

Start Preparing Early.

If you’d like to perform well on your exam you need to start studying 2-3 weeks in advance. This will give your brain more time to comprehend the material and you’ll feel more comfortable tackling difficult problems.

Simply take a small chunk out of your day, maybe 10-15min. Go over some flashcards or practice problems. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just enough to get your mind thinking about the material.

Here are 8 Creative Study Techniques that will help you ace your next exam!

Set aside One Whole day to Study.

This is best done on a weekend or maybe on a day where you have little class time.

Use this day to fully immerse yourself in studying. Create a study guide and a cheat sheet if your professor allows. Go over the most difficult topics or problems.

Take a 5-10min break every hour. Step away from studying while you eat your meals. Also, taking time to exercise this day is helpful for remembering what you’ve studied. Possibly listen to a recorded lecture while walking or running. Read a book while on a stationary bike or elliptical.

Sleep Well the Night Before.

Get a good night of rest before your exam, 8-9hours. Getting enough sleep allows your brain to process all the information you’ve taken in throughout the day.

Use This Printable Checklist.

 

How to Study For An Exam | College Tips | Hayle Olson | www.hayleolson.com

 

Good luck on your next exam! You got this!!


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  • these are all great points Hayle and ones I used when I was in school both undergrad and graduate! so glad finding your blog through the webinar last night! hope you’ll stop by mine!

  • Olivia Muller

    I stand by getting a good night’s rest the night before an exam… I seriously have no idea how people pull all-nighters
    -Olivia
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  • Andacia Rhyne

    These are great tips; many I’ve been using and acing pretty much every exam.

    • That’s fantastic, I’m glad my tips have helped you ace some exams!