Exam Season: Study Tips

Well, here we are! Nearing the end of the semester here at St. Boniface Diocesan which means that we're gearing up for exam season next week!

Exams can be stressful and overwhelming at the best of times. It's important to remember that final exams are just a compilation of information that you've learned throughout the year!

We've teamed up with the teaching staff at SBD to provide a list of tips to help you get through this next week or so of studying and review!

1. Review your notes from the day each night, for each subject -- spend 15-20 minutes going over the material every day! This will help your memory with recall when it comes time to study for your upcoming test or exam.

2. When it comes time to actually studying for a test or exam, do not just re-read your notes but instead, you should be actively engaging with your notes. Try things like re-writing them in your own words, create study questions and summarize information from different lessons.

3. Study in a similar atmosphere and setting that your exam will take place. This will help you get used to the environment that you'll be in on the day of your exam! You already know that exams will take place in a quiet atmosphere, so ensure you're studying somewhere you can hear yourself think.

4. Take breaks - physical activity will stimulate your brain! And no, studying for 30 minutes and then taking a two-hour break isn't the best method, but try to go easy on yourself. The Pomodoro Technique, as developed by Francesco Cirillo, recommends that you work for 25 minutes and set a timer, then once the timer goes off, treat yourself to a 5-minute break and step away from your review. After doing this cycle about 4 times, you've earned a more extended break. You can read more about the Pomodoro Technique here. Physical activity is a great way to wind down from studying and will help keep your brain sharp!

5. When it comes to English exams, take advantage of creating outlines or prepping for essay questions. Better yet, take a sample test or complete your review before studying to see which area you need to work on most.

6. Teach your information to anyone who will listen! The best way to learn or ensure the material that you're studying has stuck in your brain, is to tell (or teach) it to someone! Go to your parents after a study session and tell them everything you've learned about Louis Riel or the Periodic Table of Elements or the Sacraments of the Church! That way you've been able to recite it and know that you can reiterate it on the test.

7. Keep it simple - if you're trying to remember an event or some type of historical fact, rephrase the story in a way that's relatable to you. Then tell that story to your parents or siblings.

You guys got this! Best of luck to all of you!