Study tips for end of year exams

By Jessica Roberts

Exams are coming up soon. Students will be up cramming and preparing for exams every night of the final week of the semester. However, students no longer need to drown themselves with coffee or overload their brains with information right before exams. By following these helpful study tips, students can be successful on upcoming exams.

First and foremost, students need to prepare their study environment. This means clearing unnecessary items from their desks, turning of the television and radio, closing their laptops, and refraining from texting. Without all these distractions, students will be able to concentrate better and study for longer periods of time without being interrupted. After the study environment is prepared, students are ready to begin!

One very useful tip is to use flashcards. Flashcards work especially well for students who are good at memorizing information or for those who have classes with lots of definitions and vocabulary words. Students should take the flashcards with them in their book bags for the day, so when classes break for 10 or 15 minutes, they can quickly run through some flashcards. It is perfect for time management.

The best way to use flashcards is to cut them in half and save trees and save money. Another great way to save time, trees, and money is to make flashcards online. A helpful website students can use to make flashcards is The downside to using online flashcards is that students need to have a computer with good internet access to study them. Also, Facebook and Twitter will hard temptations to resist while studying online.

Another way for students to effectively study is by using the text book. Of course, this is more time consuming than other methods for studying, but there are ways to cut back on the time needed for reading. One way is for students to just read the summaries at the end of the chapters. They will cover the main points, so students can quickly read the important points of the text. Another way for students to use the text is to look at charts and graphs to quickly grasp information in each chapter.

An obvious way to study is to look over quizzes and tests taken earlier in the semester. Most professors who give comprehensive exams will repeat questions on old tests, especially those that were frequently missed previously. Students can also look over other students’ tests who took the class in the past.

Students can use pneumonic devices and lists to remember lots of information at one time. By rethinking and rewriting the lists on dry-erase boards, students can engrain the information in their brains. The best pneumonic devices are those that are funny and interesting because then they would be easier to remember. For example, if a student needs to remember a list of the three branches of government, they could say “Earl Likes Juice” for Executive, Legislative, Judicial.

It is best for students to study before bed so they will retain the information throughout the night while sleeping. Pulling an all-nighter is a bad idea because students will be too tired to concentrate on the exam. It is better to get at least a little sleep than none at all. Also, reviewing about fifteen minutes before the exam helps student to jar their memories right before the test.

Now with these helpful tips, students can ace those exams. It only takes a little motivation and concentration, and students will get those good grades for sure!


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