How to Study Effectively for Exams

How to Study Effectively for Exams December 6, 2021Leave a comment
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Success in exams isn’t about the person with the highest IQ or intelligent and vast the person is. Success is about how well you can combine a technique with what you know. In this case, how you can combine techniques that would help you study effectively for exams.

We were always a told to study for exams as that would guarantee success, but we were never taught how. Now there are many ways to study, and some might be peculiar to different people but the two techniques would be introducing are bound to produce results.

They are the Active Recalling and Repetition Revision Method.

Active Recalling

For active recalling as the name connotes, is being able to actively recall whatever information that you have learnt. This constant retrieval of information helps students to store information better and help move information from the short-term memory to long-term memory. When you are able to actively recall an information,this would help during exams especially when asked multichoise questions.

One must actively really information by asking related questions

What is Spaced Repetition?

Spaced Repetition is the process dividing and spacing revision into specific intervals.

Spaced Repetition is an effective technique that helps prevent memory decay. When we stop retrieving information, we start to forget them so to prevent that, we must constantly retrieve them from our long term memory.

So here an effective method that every student should know when studying for exams.

Now we have the Repetition Revision Method which is a form of Spaced Repetition. Believe it or not, before you can pass you need to shave studied the material at least 3 times.

For example, let’s say you have 80 days before you exams and you have 4 courses to read, some might divide the 80 days between the 4 courses and use 20 days to study each. This is not effective because then, you would have only studied it once. So here’s a step by step process that would help.

Sample Study Schedule

Let’s say we have 80days to exams (please do adjust it to any number of days you would be using)
Days: 80 days

First Phase

First thing you do is half the days you would be using, and divide it amongst the courses. I.e.
• 80/2= 40 days
• 40 days÷ 4 subjects = 10 days
This means we have 10 days each to study each subject thoroughly.

Second Phase

We basically half the remaining days by 2 and divide it by the same number of courses. I.e.
• 40 days ÷ 2= 20 days
• 20 days ÷ 4 subjects= 5 days.
This means that from day 40-45, you would be revising the first subject you read the first time. This would help the brain process and store whatever information better.

Third phase

We basically do the same thing which would give us 10 days but instead of dividing the days, you remove two days from it and use 8days to study, which would leave a total of 2 days each for your revision. Then, you repeat the same thing for the remainder ten days. This might look like it is split into four layers, but it is actually three

Now, this would be the third layer of learning which would also be a third repetition. You’d use it to just skim your materials and ready any extra information.

The last two days would be for resting before your initial exam starts.

When you do use it, you’ll realize how much more effective it is especially when studying for exams.
This can also be designed for your specific number of days and courses.

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Instead of cramming all your revision from chapter 1 to 26 of your science syllabus, you can start early by adding spaced repetition and active recall into your study plans which would lead to academic success.

Good luck!

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