2017 – 2018 Scholarship Entry – Test Preparation Essay
Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship
Proper note taking is at the core of a good study technique. Even though that alone is never quite enough, it is perhaps the most important thing one can do when they want to remember any sort of information. Make sure that your notes are well-organized. Information about every topic should be kept together. The same goes for every sub-topic, and every category under that. Whether its specific events in a historical timeline, or specific equations in a broader math principle, everything should be organized and labelled in a way that can be easily found and understand when you need it for future reference. Good notes can last you far beyond your class. Supposedly, it also helps to write your notes in blue pen.
If you are given a sheet of notes by your teacher, this is even better. Copy the most important information separately, still making sure everything is organized. Having two different inputs of information (reading it as well as writing it) makes things much easier to recall than only having one input.
Three is even better to have. Some teachers have three inputs already in their lessons (having you take notes, having a presentation up on the board, and speaking the points out loud) however it’s a good idea to do this yourself as well. Record yourself reading the notes, and replay it for yourself as you read them over or copy them out. This is a very useful way to help you remember the information. Getting as many different senses as possible receiving the information is a very good way of making sure you remember it.
Of course, this may or may not be enough, and around test and exam time it’s always a good idea to brush up. Re-read and listen to your notes. Another excellent way of making sure you’re prepared is to write out practice questions about the topic. Have a friend read them out to you, and then see if you’re able to reply with the correct answer without referencing your notes. Do this with different questions until you’re comfortable. Make sure you’re using the right terms- this will help connect your memory, so when you read the terms you remember the rest of the information.
Make sure you take your time, and find the steps that are right for you! If it’s easier for you to study the day before, do so, but make sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Avoid staying up all night, and try to take breaks between each topic. If it suits you better, study a topic each day before the exam. Straining your mind will only make it more difficult to form the proper connections and memorize it all. It’s also important to take care of yourself the day of! Make sure that you’ve eaten and had enough to drink. Giving your body and mind the nutrients you need means that you’ll be thinking properly when it comes to a test. You should always be taking care of yourself, of course, but it’s especially important during times of physical, mental, or emotional strain (and tests can often be both of the latter). Having the energy needed to complete the test is just as important as having the information.
All of these things combined should be enough to have the topics fully memorized! Make sure your notes are well-done and organized, get as many different senses taking in the information as possible, and make sure that you’re well taken care of! A healthy body is a healthy mind.
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