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13 Ways to Develop an Effective Learning Strategy for Exams

This post is a contribution from our friends at Edarabia.

Examination week can be the most stressful time for any student. Before the big date comes, students should take some time to revise their studying routine or strategy to get better scores.

Ace your exams from start to finish and achieve your study goals with these effective study tips that can help you develop a better learning strategy.

1. Create a Study Plan

The key to breaking the cycle of cramming for tests is to think ahead and create an effective study plan. It will put your mind at ease to know that you’re prepared when you walk in the exam room.

2. Take Study Breaks

One can’t maintain the best level of concentration without giving yourself some time to recover from the work you’ve put in. You can go for a ten-minute walk, a trip to the gym, or chat with a friend.

If you take short breaks regularly, it will help improve your focus and boost your productivity.

3. Set Study Goals

When you create a study plan, you have to keep your goals in mind. What do you want to achieve? Goal setting is a good strategy to help people successfully effect positive changes in their lives.

You need to set realistic goals and work hard to achieve those.

4. Use New Technologies

Technology is your friend. Use online tools, blogs, videos, and mobile apps to aid learning. You don’t have to write everything down on one paper.

5. Quiz Yourself

You need to constantly quiz yourself so you don’t forget the important things. Remember, the more you practice, the better you’ll become.

6. Know the Question Styles

Some teachers won’t give away the kind of questions used in their exam (like multiple choice, essay, or identification). For major exams such as the SAT, you already know the kind of questions you’ll see. Keep in mind the style of the exam questions while studying.

7. Strike a Healthy Balance

Take some time to breathe, evaluate yourself both physically and mentally. Take control and do something about your unhealthy habits. Make some changes and see how it will positively affect your attitude toward studying.

8. Stay Positive

Develop a growth mindset. Needless to say, your attitude has a big impact on the level of study that you get done and the effectiveness of your learning process.

Focus your mind on positive outcomes. This way, you will feel less anxious and feel more open to new study tips.

9. Take Notes

Organize your notes. What is important? You need to outline important concepts, formulas, dates and definitions. This will help you easily browse through your notes while studying.

10. Find a Partner

Select a couple of study partners who you know you work well with, and are also motivated to achieve good grades.

11. Teach

A method that really works is learning by teaching. Work with your study partner and try to teach him/her a few concepts.

12. Tell Stories

When studying, weave important details or facts into a story. This will help you remember it during the exam.

13. Develop a Study Routine

Your study environment should be ideal, above all else. Find a place to study that is quiet and with few distractions. You can try a few places and see which works best for you.

About the Author
Sharjeel Ahmed from Edarabia.com has served the education industry for over six years. He collaborates and works alongside education marketing agencies, event organizers, and educational institutions ranging from nurseries, schools, and universities to develop and execute their marketing strategies. He is extremely passionate about education technology and also writes for various local and international publications. A graduate with High Distinction from the Manipal University Dubai, UAE, Sharjeel holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Media & Communication.

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