When it comes to taking any type of standardized test, there are certain preparations necessary for doing well. From the large bulk of merely studying subject materials to the small details of sharpening your pencil, every test taker should be familiar with good studying practices to do their best. Although routine test takers may find much of this information redundant, reviewing this guideline is a good way to evaluate if you are capitalizing on your study habits.
What will your test be on?
Before you begin studying, the first piece of information any test taker needs to know is what the test will be on. It is important to know all of the subjects that will be included on the exam. If possible, further identify what subtopics are included for each subject and understand what format you will be presented with on the test. Take a practice test to identify the subjects and/or subtopics you are weak in to prioritize studying.
How long do you need? How long do you have?
Once you have identified what you need to know, it’s time to figure out how long you have to feel comfortable with the material. If you have a test date planned, calculate how many days/weeks you have until the date. Create a study schedule to immediately cover the material you are most weak in. Allow yourself time to study the information and also review other subjects. Making a visual calendar is a simple solution to pace yourself appropriately. As with most practices, consistency is a large factor in success. Instead of cramming a week’s worth of studying into a free evening, try to evenly distribute your studying throughout the week and utilize your free periods for longer study sessions.
Keep your study sessions distraction free to help maximize your time. Create an optimal study environment to make the most out of your time. Use quiet times such as an hour or two before your day begins or before bedtime when everything has calmed down. Eliminate distractions such as electronics, loud music, disorganized spaces, and household messes. If you have an opportunity to enter a quiet space such as local library or café, bring all the necessary items needed to support your study habits.