We've all been there, right? You forgot about a test (or procrastinated) and realized that you had less than an hour to cram in as much knowledge as you could. Learn how to cram for a test efficiently, and study for your test even if you only have minutes.
NOTE: These techniques will not work for tests like the SAT, or ACT. If you need help studying for those, contact Lee Academia.
1. Go somewhere quiet.
Head to the library if you're in school. If you're studying at home right before the test, turn off the TV, shut off your cell and computer. Tell your friends and family to leave you alone. You have less than an hour to cram, so you're going to need 100% of your focus.
2. Learn your study guide.
Most teachers pass out study guides for a major test. If your teacher is one of them, use it now. If you have to cram for a test, it is the only resource you have time to use. Memorize everything on it. Don't bother making flashcards at this point – you'll just be wasting time if you only have minutes.
3. Head to the book
Read the first two pages of every chapter that's being covered on the test, looking for major ideas, vocabulary, and concepts. Read the last page of every chapter, too, answering the review questions in your head. If you can't find an answer to a review question, then look it up in the book. It's probably a question on the test.
4. Review your notes/quizzes/assignments
Your teacher probably created your exam based on the notes, quizzes and assignments he or she gave out during the unit. Read through everything you can, memorizing the info on the pages.
5. Quiz yourself.
Now is NOT the time to hunt down your best friend and have him or her quiz you. This is a cram session! You'll waste time! Cover up the answers on the study guide and quiz yourself, instead.
Stephenie, having been a tutor/instructor/mentor since 1996, discovered her passion and founded Lee Academia Educational Consulting, LLC. after she left the dental and medical field. She loves teaching/mentoring and counseling her students. Her passion lies in educating others and helping them pursue their educational path. Today, certified in College Counseling and with more than 10 years of experience, Stephenie and her team continues to blog about current updated educational news and events.
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