Ace That Exam

Do you ever struggle with taking exams? Or freaked yourself out right before an exam is supposed to take place? Here are tips on how to ace your next exam!

It’s almost that time for exams. I know, I know.. You don’t want to be reminded of them. I don’t think any of us do. Exams are something we all gotta do to pass our classes and move on to the next part of our high school careers.  Exams can be very stressful and cause us to want to pull our hair out, but we can’t be doing that or else we’d all go bald. Here are a few great tips to help you out to ace that exam!


  • Create your own study guide. Many teachers give out study guides to help students with exams or upcoming tests. However, the material they provide, some students don’t always comprehend. Creating your own study guide can help you understand the material better in a way that you understand. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.
  • Ask questions.Your teachers are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives. Students can also go to the Learning Lab located next to the Library during study halls and lunch periods.
  • Attend the review session. Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing on.
  • Start early. If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
  • Take breaks. You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
  • Get some sleep. You always hear about getting a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.
  • Create a study schedule and follow it. Splitting the material into chunks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.
  • Quiz yourself. If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Make potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on. 
  • Pace yourself. Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!
  • Color code. Create a system that allows you to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most important information and prioritize the material.
  • MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS: MAKE IT FUN. It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each. Reward yourself and make things fun.Tune in next week for advice on personal hygiene. Have a great weekend!

    - Tailwind Advice



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