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Preparing for year-end examsPosted Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 11:20 AM
By Mati Spencer
With the end of a school year approaching, many students long for the independence of summer, free from the responsibilities of school. Yet, as summer delays, year-end exams loom in the near future.
For many students, the weeks prior to these crucial tests include late-night study sessions and intense note-taking, while test days often prove stressful and overwhelming. The pressure of this time often causes tension, but with a few easily-applicable study tips, the dream of acing finals can become a reality.
First of all, students should avoid procrastination when studying for the tests. The longer the student waits to study a certain topic, the more difficult it proves to recall the information throughout the duration of the exam, because it has been stored in the short-term memory.
In order to evade procrastination in studying for finals, students should schedule a set amount of time every day to study for the tests. For example, if there are five weeks before a particular test, the student should study the material 20 to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. This allows time for students to ask questions on information they do not understand, and it stores the information in the long-term memory.
Likewise, students should become active learners in the classroom by asking questions and taking notes, which further prepares them for the exam.
In addition, the students should paraphrase the study material in a personal way, so that they retain the information easier. Remove any distractions while studying, in order to focus on that particular subject, and begin studying the most difficult concepts initially. This gives them plenty of time to absorb the concept before taking the exam.
In order to relieve the stress of exam day, students should not think negative thoughts about themselves or the preparation they went through in order to pass the coming test. They should think of the test as a conquerable goal, rather than an impossible feat.
Although the stress of finals can become taxing, much of the weight can be lifted when the correct study habits are implemented.
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Mati Spencer is a 16-year-old sophomore in high school. She loves to research information, look at it from a fresh perspective and then write about it. Her favorite part about the writing process is editing. She also loves to read inspirational fiction and suspense books. She is very blessed to be home educated, and her favorite subject is English. She is the older of two children in a family of four and enjoys the privilege of living very close to both sets of grandparents. She is an aspiring journalist and wants to major in communication arts and political science, and minor in journalism. She hopes to one day become a reporter for a major media company.