How to Study More Effectively for a Test

Formal education is a privilege and something that not everyone has access to. According to UNICEF, globally about one in five school-aged children and adolescents are not in school at all.

Even if you are lucky enough to go to school, this does not mean that it is easy. School can be challenging and not everyone finds it easy to learn out of a book or in a classroom.

If you find homework or studying for tests tough, these tips could help you to get excited about learning again.

CHOOSE A COMFORTABLE TIME AND PLACE

It is important to make sure that you are in the right headspace when you want to study. If you are in a very loud place or if it is very late at night you will find it more difficult to concentrate. If you can’t concentrate, trying to study might feel frustrating and you will make slower progress. Try to find somewhere quiet with natural light. This could be at home, in school or outdoors, depending on where you feel you can focus best.

SET A SCHEDULE

Even though it is tempting to try to learn everything quickly the night before a test, this is not the best way to remember information.

It is better to prepare a schedule in advance beforehand. For example, you could study for half an hour a day in the week leading up to the test.

Planning when you are going to study will also help you to fit it in around other responsibilities that you might have, such as a job or helping at home.

BREAK INFORMATION INTO CHUNKS

When you first look at everything you need to know for a test, it can feel overwhelming.

If you feel this way, you could try breaking the information up into sections and learn them one by one.

By doing this the information will build up in your brain without becoming confused.

PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT

Reading over your notes can help you to remember facts but it is also important to learn how to apply them.

If you are under confident with maths for example, it can be a good idea to learn a concept and then practise some exercises. This means that you can find out what you still don’t know and go back over it.

TAKE BREAKS!

It might seem counter-intuitive, but taking breaks gives your mind the chance to refresh itself and lets you come back the next day ready to learn again.

It is recommended to take a 5 minute break every 45 minutes, to make sure that you can stay alert and motivated.

An education is a wonderful opportunity to widen your horizons and pick up important life skills – being able to read this article, for example! Learning how to manage your time and study more effectively will also help you in anything you might do later in life, from managing a budget at home to running a business.

REBECCA OGDEN

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