Written by: Succès Scolaire
Studying for the end of the school year shouldn’t be limited to a two-week sprint in June; instead, it should be a loooong marathon that goes on over a few months. Here are some tips on how to get ready for your final exams, one step at a time.
There’s a limit to the amount of information your brain can process and learn over a given period of time: that’s why “cramming” the night before an exam is rarely productive. The real recipe for success is to study a little bit every day, a few notions at a time.
Take note of when your exams are and when projects are due as soon as your teachers announce these dates. Add to this your extracurricular activities, work shifts and appointments, and you’ll be able to determine when’s the best time for you to study… then, it’s all about actually sticking to your schedule!
If you spent too much time procrastinating this year, you might have to pick up the pace a little—but that doesn’t mean you should spend all your free time with your nose in your books! Here are some ideas to maximize your study time:
This might sound absurd, but this step is the key to not forgetting any of the important concepts you need to master. Write down everything you need to know for each of your classes: French, English, math, sciences, biology, etc. Then, check these notions off your list as you come to master them: it’s a great motivation!
To avoid getting bored, try to vary your studying strategies. For example, you can:
Need some extra help? A tutor could help you better manage your time, teach you some useful studying strategies and explain those concepts you might be struggling with.
Working hard is the key to success, but working too much will only result in you being more tired and stressed. Avoid this by allowing yourself some breaks: go to the skate park for a stroll, do some yoga, watch a movie… do whatever will help release the tension you might be feeling. It’s all about balance!
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