Are you ready for exams?


As exams are starting to quickly approach and only a few weeks are left until May 24th, the day they begin, 10th grade students are wondering what the best techniques to study for an exam are.

There have been hundreds of different opinions on the best ways to study for an exam, whether it’s cramming in all of the information in the last few hours before to have everything fresh in your mind, or to study every awakening hour to outperform the competition.

As the deadline is steadily drawing near, certain 10th grade students have already began to prepare while others think it’s too early. Patricia Sideris, 10th grade student thinks that studying for exams is important, “I started studying for this year’s exams already because I believe that it will be easier to study and make notes over a few weeks’ time rather than what I did last year and make notes on the last week before exams.”

So what are the best techniques when trying to study for an exam? According to The Guardian, looking after yourself is one of the most important parts. Just because you have an exam coming up doesn’t mean you should cut back on sleep or food because all of those are what help you study. Professor Sarah Moore said, “The fresher and more energetic you feel, the more it will support your ability to tackle the cognitive challenges.”

Believe it or not, but cramming all of the information into your head in the last few hours before an exam is not the answer, according to Oxford Learning. Studying week’s ahead gives you time to read through everything carefully and ask about any uncertainties or questions.

It’s easy to get distracted, and especially at home where you’re surrounded with social networking sites and the television. Why not just study at school? The classroom is a great area to ask questions, write notes and get help from your teacher. Even better is that you can make it an environment which is distraction-free by using a piece of paper and a pen and picking a quiet area to focus.

Tablets are not the answer when it comes to studying for an exam. Besides being filled with distractions, they don’t help you remember information as well as paper and pen do. Studies from University of Stavanger in Norway state that the physical act of holding a pen and pencil and writing out what you need to remember signals feedback to the brain, which then leaves a “motor memory”. The motor memory will make it easier to recall information connected with the movement that you made when writing.

It’s best to always be prepared and study earlier because in the end doing your best is most important. Close the Facebook tab, grab some paper and begin to make notes because exams are approaching faster than some may think.

By: Alexandra Ehrensperger

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