5 Study Tips for End-of-year Tests

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  • Don’t cram. This is the best tip, and maybe the most obvious, but perhaps the hardest to put into practice. Instead of waiting until the end of the year to start reviewing everything you learned, study regularly throughout the school year. You will remember more about a subject if you study it soon after it has been presented in class.
  • Hardest first. Study the most difficult subjects first, when you are the most alert.
  • Use a mnemonic. A mnemonic device is a pattern of letters, words, or ideas that can help you remember something. For example, to recall the names of the Great Lakes, think of the acronym “HOMES” (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior). To remember one of the laws of physics—Henry’s Law (The solubility of a gas increases with pressure)—think: “To remember good old Hank, remember the bubbles in the shaken Coke you drank.”
  • Take a break between subjects. Walk around a bit, do some push-ups or stretches, grab a healthy snack (nuts—unsalted or low-sodium almonds, cashews, walnuts, or peanuts, for fiber and protein; berries—blueberries, strawberries, for the antioxidants and phytonutrients that help increase blood flow to the brain; Greek yogurt—which has more protein than regular yogurt).
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Scientists have found that sleep allows our brain to process and organize information so that we remember it better.
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