I see a lot of you are preparing to take exams, and I wanted to share some evidence-based studying tips:
- Information is better retained if consumed in short periods, frequently, over a longer period of time. Make a schedule of studying twice a day in 30 minute intervals, or however you can squeeze studying into your schedule. I understand those with exam dates looming close by this information may be too late. Keep reading!
- Take practice tests!!! To be successful on these exams you not only need to know the material, but you need to be able to translate your knowledge into the testing format. This is a skill that needs to be practiced, and the best way to practice is to periodically test your knowledge in the format of the exam.
- Write your own practice questions. Try writing questions you think may be asked, and answer them fully. This is a great method to expand how you view the material, and help retain information.
- Don't mistake familiarity as knowledge. It happens all the time - we think we know a subject, but really we've only memorized a definition. I like to use the "explain to my grandma" test. Without looking at your materials see if you could explain the concept to your grandmother. What is it - why is it important - how does is work.
- Try to recreate your study environment in your testing environment. I know there can be strict limits on what you can bring to a testing center. However, if you study using a certain pen, or where a certain hoodie, try to bring those things with you for the exam date. If you typically study in the morning, try to take the exam at an early time. If you study after dinner try for a later slot (and have a good meal beforehand).