Do you want to perfect a quiz or pass an exam? Do you dream to be a top student or pass the board exam?
Here are my 7 Study Habits that I do back when I was still studying. These are my secrets on having high scores during exams and winning Quiz Bs.(Please vote below what should I blog next 🙂 Your opinion matters)
You may not expect this. Behind my carefree and party-goer personality, I am a nerd. hahaha! I was a consistent honor student from preschool to college. I have the reputation of perfecting tests.Add me on Linked In ⇒ https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kyrah-abad/25/659/
1) I manage my time properly. I set aside a specific time/day for studying.
This is very important. If you don’t have a study habit yet, this tip is a good start. For me, I set 2 hours Study Time in the afternoon and 3 hours early in the morning. In the afternoon I read and write my reviewer. And then, I wake up 3 a.m. to memorize because during that time it’s very quiet and no any form of disturbance. I study almost every day except Friday and Saturday.
2) I highlight important words and definitions briefly.
Avoid highlighting the whole paragraph. Just choose the primary definition of a word/subject. Just highlight phrases. I apply thick highlight for important words/subject, and I put thin highlight to the definition.
3) I have a Reviewer Notebook.
Whenever I read and highlight, I transfer them in my Reviewer Notebook. The subject is in the left side and the definition is in the right side. I have a different section for enumeration.
Chewing something like gum or peanuts will help you remember what you are reviewing faster. (Young, E. “Chewing gum improves memory”. June 2014)
4) Play a guessing game with your reviewer.
For me, this is fun. In order for me to memorize, I cover the Subject (left side), and then read the Definition (right side). After reading, I will guess what Subject it is pertaining. Then, I will remove the cover to check if my guess is correct. If not, I have to repeat.
This exercise is good if you will be having Fill-in-the-Blanks and Multiple Choice. If the exam will be giving the meaning of a Subject then you have to cover the Definition section (right side), and then try to state the meaning.
Do this repeatedly, and you will have the confidence on your quiz or exam.
5) Understand what you are memorizing and use Mnemonics.
You don’t just memorize, you have to understand its relevance. In this way, it is easier to recall. And even if your teacher/professor will use different wordings of the definition in the exam, you will not be lost.
Mnemonics is very helpful in memorizing enumerations. Just get the first letters of each subject and re-arrange it into a memorable word. Like for example, you have these first letters S L W Y A A. You may re-arrange it into A L W A Y S, which can be easily recalled.
I relate the numbers to something memorable when memorizing dates or numbers. For example, 17 is the birth date of my brother or October is the birth month of my mother. So when asked about a specific date, I will just recall those memories and I’ll be reminded of the number.
6) Practice. Practice. Practice.
This tip applies to Math, Accounting and Physics. Try re-answering those examples or quizzes given to you by your teacher/professor. And then check your work if it is correct. If you made mistakes, find out where you went wrong in the equation. And then repeat answering it again. You may use the exercises from books to practice. After several practice, you will increase your skill in answering equations fast or do some Mental Math (no pen & paper). *wink
This is effective as well on Law subjects. During our International Law and Laws in Partnerships & Corporations back in college, our professor gave us 100 items enumeration test. These enumerations were in “SENTENCES!!!”. Memorizing five words or so is easy, but memorizing 100 sentences is so hard!!!
Anyway, here’s what I did : I tried to understand the meaning of the sentence first. I also used mnemonics of the first letters of each sentences. And the most important is practicing.
I created my own exam sheet with 100 items. I answered the exam sheet I made. Whenever I made mistakes on my practice exam, I re-do answering the exam again. I answered the exam sheet I created repeatedly…until I perfect it.
By the time of the exam, I was confident and not overwhelmed with the test paper.
7) I study in advance during my free time so I can participate during discussion.
I love reading. I love learning new things. So, when I have a spare time, I get ahead in studying the next lesson. I read, highlight, and then write a reviewer. When the teacher/professor discusses the topic already, I can recite.
Prioritize studying before any parties or hangouts with your friends. You can do that after studying and finishing your assignments.
You are lucky to study, not everyone is privileged enough to go to school or even have books to read. Do not waste the hard-earned money of your parents or relatives just to send you to school. Do your best. Always do your best. Education is not for your parents, it is for you…to have a secure successful future.
I wish you all the best.
Be smart. Be wise.