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Your notes are organized and the date is set. You’re ready to study for an upcoming test. However, trying to memorize every word you wrote down in class or from a textbook isn’t going to help much on a test. This article will tell you how to use your time wisely to prepare for an exam. 

Budgeting Time

  • You’ve heard it hundreds of times, but it really is best to space out your studying. This is an area where procrastination is your enemy.
  • It helps to write up a study schedule. However, spacing out your studying isn’t always possible.
  • If you leave it all to the night before, you can block out the time you have with a condensed schedule. This can help budget even a short amount of time, so you can cover every topic.

Strategies and Tips

  • If you know the lesson well enough to explain it aloud to someone else—in your own words, without referencing any paper—you’re sure to succeed on your test.
  • Try explaining the lesson to an imaginary friend.
  • Writing our what you know on white boards help hugely. By doing this exercise, you’re recalling information.
  • If you’re studying for a science or history test, where you must memorize facts and relationships, drawing mind maps that link terms together is a useful strategy.
  • If you’re studying for a math test, practice is key.
  • Quizlet is an online flashcard software. Create your own sets, share them with others, and play study games. Quizlet even sends notifications to remind you to study.  

Group Study

  • If you find it hard to sit down and study on your own, or if you find yourself struggling with material, try gathering some friends and meeting at your local library.
  • Only engage in this type of studying if you’re certain that you won’t be distracted further by your friends!
  • Even if you’re in a group, don’t think that you must be interacting. Being surrounded by other people quietly studying can improve your own productivity.
  • Some forms of interactive study include explaining concepts to each other and answering each other’s questions. 


  • Don’t underestimate the power of video learning!
  • The YouTube channel Crash Course has a collection of bite-sized lessons that correspond to most classes. Their videos are fun and engaging, so try this channel if you’re having trouble focusing on the material.
  • Khan Academy, likewise, is worth exploring. Their videos are more pared-down and do a great job of explaining tricky concepts in many subjects.
  • Simply watching videos isn’t enough to absorb information. Remember to practice the skills afterwards, and be able to explain the lesson from your own memory

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