Tackling End-of-Year Tests: 7 Study Tips For Your Student

Posted: April 21, 2016 | Author: IRCS Administration Team | Category: Admissions, Student Life, Education

Spring has sprung and, for many students, that means one thing: summer is on the horizon. As the weather warms up, it’s only natural to daydream about fun in the sun, ice cream treats, and carefree days. While there’s nothing wrong with looking forward to a break, the end of a school year is not an ideal time to lose focus. Final exams, capstone projects, and other important success measures challenge students to remain on task and demonstrate what they’ve learned throughout the year. Consider these seven tips for making the last test or project grade a strong one.

  1. Start Early: 
    Cramming for a test or beginning a big project the night before not only minimizes potential, it brings on stress. Studying and prep should begin at least one full week in advance. More time may be required depending on the scope of the project and/or the point value toward the student’s final grade.
  2. Communicate With Your Teacher:
    Teachers understand that final exams can be overwhelming and genuinely want their students to do well. Simply asking for advice, study guides, or any relevant information can make a world of difference. If you are unclear on expectations or just want some recommended success strategies, don’t hesitate to consult the teacher.
  3. Minimize Distractions at Home:
    Create a designated study space that is comfortable, well-lit, and free from distractions such as TV, games, or social media. This environment will help your student retain more information and use time at home wisely.
  4. Take Breaks:
    When studying is in high gear, breaks are important. It is most effective to concentrate for a period of time then give yourself a mental break before hitting the books again. Use break times to do some form of physical activity or eat a healthy snack.
  5. Eat and Sleep for Success:
    Speaking of snack breaks, healthy habits can maximize any student’s test performance. Eat well and often while studying and on test days. Smaller, more frequent meals can provide around-the-clock energy, and a consistent sleep schedule will help boost focus.
  6. Beat Summer Fever:
    There’s a little term that seniors use called “senioritis,” but this end-of-year angst affects students in every grade. If losing focus, stop and create a game plan for remaining on track. Grab a calendar and draw a tangible roadmap of tests, project due dates, and other important milestones. Always finish things early where possible.
  7. Host a Study Group:
    Study groups can be immensely valuable, but be clear: this is not a social hour or a time to goof off with friends. When a group of dedicated students gets together to share notes, quiz each other, and prepare to reach a shared goal, motivation is often boosted in a powerful way.

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