Studying For Exams

Studying for tests does not necessarily mean cracking your notes open on the night before your exam. That is not studying. That is called cramming. Studying goes way, way back. It is a fixed part of your routine.


This is where studying starts – when you take down notes during each class. Neatly filling your notebook pages with important and useful information and details mentioned or written on the board by your teacher. It would also be easier for you if you keep you notes organized by subject.

Time Management

For you to be able to absorb what you’re studying, you have to consider the amount of time you’ll devote for each topic. It will also keep you from getting overwhelm by the amount of studying you have to do. To help you manage your time efficiently, here are a few things to consider:

Which subject/s do you find difficult to understand?

Which subjects are you scheduled to take soon?

Which subject has the most coverage? (e.g. your History exam will include everything from ‘The Civil War Era’ up to ‘The Reconstruction and the rise of the Industrialization’; whereas your English test will only cover ‘Composition and Grammar’).

How To Study?

Review your notes and textbooks. Pay special attention to points, info or details stressed by your teacher during class.

For math and science problems, remember your Formulas. If you’re doing problem solving, practice solving some math or science problems.

Some teachers are inform students what kind of exam they are going to have. A multiple choice exam means you have to remember specific dates or places, for instance. An essay test means you have to think of possible essay topics that you tackled in class.

When memorizing dates, names, and places, it pays to study ahead of time. So that as you visit and re-visit the topics, the details become more imprinted in your mind.

Also, when memorizing important details, it’s a good idea to have "triggers" that you can associate let’s say a particular event or factual information with. When you come across these "triggers" the information you need will simply come to mind.

Don’t fret if you can’t remember some details before your test. Your mind’s probably just too filled with information. It’s nothing that a good night’s sleep can’t cure.

Some people are more "auditory", meaning they learn through hearing, they remember or understand things easier when they hear them. Others are more "visual" learners. They learn through seeing. They recall and understand things when they see them. Go with the method that works for you.


Do not use your extracurricular activities as an excuse to put off studying. You know very well that your coach or moderator will encourage you to study for your exams instead of practicing or doing something for your school org.

Also, if you are a procrastinator, it’s time to make changes in your "study habits". Start by marking your calendar with dates of you exams. It might jolt you to studying frenzy when you see all the work you have to do within a limited period of time.

Study groups

Some people find it easier to study in groups. Perhaps it’s because of the supportive and lively atmosphere. Another plus is that you got more ‘coverage’. In a group, someone always knows the answer to some question that you are likely to miss if you are studying alone or in pairs.


When your study routine down to pa, and you follow it meticulously, approach your tests with confidence, you are bound to get good grades – if not totally ace your exams.