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The 3 Best Ways to Study for a Test

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Dec. 18 2018, Updated 6:29 p.m. ET

Either school is starting soon for you, or it’s already begun. Therefore, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and focus on your schoolwork. Studying is awfully boring, but essential for maintaining good grades. However, many don’t know how to study or where to start. Here are my top 3 favorite ways to study for a test.

Index Cards

Making flash cards with your class notes is definitely my go to study method. I write the broad topic on the blank side of the card, and then information I need to remember on the lined side. Rewriting information is proven to help you remember it better. Look over the index cards a few times and when you feel ready, have someone test you on the information.

Reread Notes

Reading over your notes once you get home the same day you wrote them, will help the info stick. This is a quicker, easier way to study than flash cards because you’re studying a little bit every day. After doing this though, a day or two before the test you should reread them all from the beginning at least one more time. I would still have someone quiz me on my notes like you would with the flash cards.

Study Sheet

This is similar to making index cards, but sometimes this works better for others. Some people like to be super neat and type up their study guides, but you can also write them by hand. This is more like rewriting your notes, which people may find more useful. If you do this, I would suggest highlighting or underlining the most important information, vocabulary, dates, people, etc. Once again, have someone quickly test you on the info to ensure preparedness.

For guaranteed readiness, I recommend rereading your notes along with one of the other two options. Good luck!

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