It’s finally April, so AP, IB, and final exams are just around the corner. It is very easy to quickly lose motivation during this time because the end of the school year is so close, but I have some quick study remedies to share with you all to help you through this year’s exam season.
Study in Advance
From previous experiences, I can logically conclude that you cannot prepare for an important exam the night or even two nights before. Study long in advance for these large exams, and you will be more likely to remember everything you needed to know. Studying one to two weeks in advance for your exams will statistically improve your ability to remember and retain knowledge.
Keep an Agenda Book
Keeping a planner or an agenda book will help you sort through all you need to accomplish by the end of every day. Personally, I find it much easier to keep and agenda book and take my exams day-by-day, instead of trying to remember all that I have to study for. It is an easy way to stay organized and stay on top of your homework and studies.
Purchase Review Books
If you are an AP student like myself, I would recommend The Princeton Review books for studying. They bring all of the coursework together into one place and they are a very helpful study tool. There are other brands of review books you can purchase online or at a local bookseller.
I would recommend keeping and agenda book, Post-It Notes, and pretty, colored highlighters at every corner. Cute stationary can help keep one motivated, so I usually carry cute pens and highlighters in my pencil pouch to mark important information and dates.
Remember That It’s Just an Exam
You will not get denied from a college for getting a 3 on an AP exam, and these exams do not determine your capability or ability to retain knowledge. You are not your AP scores, and they do not measure your intelligence. These exams are opportunities to show off your knowledge of a course, but if you do not pass it is not the end of the world. It’s perfectly okay to be nervous, but copious amounts of stress will not help you pass an exam. You are not your test scores.
These are some of the strategies I use when studying, and I hope they help you this exam season too. Good luck on all of your exams!!