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Tests make up a large percentage of most students' grades. They also cause a lot of grief because of this fact. Do you want to conquer that nervous grief? Read on.

The Main Things to Remember Before You Dig Into the Material

1. Give yourself plenty of time. If a test is on Friday and you study for only five minutes on Wednesday all the while knowing that you'll be really busy on Thursday night, you're not setting yourself up for success. You need to plan to review a little bit (ten-fifteen minutes) Mon.-Wed. nights and then on Thursday night, you should study anywhere from thirty minutes to four or five hours or more, depending on the difficulty and length of the test. For example quiz might take thirty minutes to study for and a final would take longer than that. The main thing is to not rush yourself because studying takes time.

2. Make sure you are mentally fresh before you start to study. If you've been doing homework for an hour already and take a ten minute break to clear your head you'll be much better off than if you just keep on studying. Keep something fun at your desk or workspace and time yourself. Give yourself ten minutes to play with the silly putty or to doodle. When your time is up, go back to work.

3. Realize when it's time to stop and go to bed. If you still don't get trigonometric functions at 1:30 AM, and you've been studying for four hours already, it's time to call it quits and get some sleep. When you're really tired like that, you'll hit a wall and you'll know it. My advice is if you can deal with late studying, go for it, but if you can't, don't waste your time. Get some rest and wake up early so you can study when you're refreshed.

General Study Tips

1. When you're taking notes in school do it neatly. You won't want to read messy notes when you're studying for a test. You should also keep your notes in some kind of order. For example-chapter three notes go here, chapter four notes go there., etc. This will make things a whole lot easier for you when the test comes up.
2. Make sure that your workspace is neat and that the area you are in is quiet and non-distracting. If a TV or loud radio is on you will get distracted, so don't even try it.

3. Make sure that you have everything you need to study before you leave school. Make a mental checklist of all the things that you need. It's awfully hard to study with no information.

4. Before you start really memorizing or working out problems, you've got to read over your notes, the chapter in your textbook, any worksheets you have had and all other important materials. This will make studying significantly easier. There have been many times when I have worked out all my problems by simply reading something carefully for the second time. It might take a while to read everything, but the bounty will be plentiful.

5. When you're studying for a fact-ridden test like math, after you've read the material, write up a fact sheet. The purpose for doing this is twofold. First of all, when you write things out, you get more familiar with them and secondly, you can bring it to school and study it all day before the test.

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