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12 Tips To Help Prepare for Exam Season

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Exam time is a major moment of anxiety for young learners — and the adults who love them. While the holiday season is on the minds of many, for others, it means that exam period is just around the corner.

We polled our team of seasoned Math, English, Science and French tutors for the inside scoop on tips for students to leave the stress behind for exam season — and all year round.

1. Don’t Cram — Be Prepared

2. Make Study Notes

3. Ask for Help

4. Extra Credit

5. Create a Comfortable Study Space

6. Put Away the Distractions

7. Create a Study Calendar

8. Take Breaks

9. Try Your Best — Attempt All Questions

10. Bring a Highlighter to the Exam

11. Use All of Your Time

12. It’s Normal to Feel Nervous

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Preparing For Exams

Exams can be a challenging time for any student.  Below are some helpful study tips to help you effectively prepare and write your exams with confidence.

Make a Plan

One of the keys to success is to begin studying in advance and avoid ‘cramming’ at the last-minute.    We would recommend making a study timetable based on your exam schedule with the appropriate balance between subjects.   Don’t try to learn everything at once and leave yourself a break prior to the exam day to get organized and summarize any outstanding topics.

Stay Organized

Once you have made a plan, it is best to go through your materials for the year or semester and begin making outlines of the areas covered.  See what areas you may need to focus on or where you may need to get additional support.

We would also recommend setting up a consistent study space that makes you feel as comfortable as possible.   Ensure that you have enough room to spread your text books and notes out along with minimizing any distractions.

Ask For Help

In addition to tutoring, there are many other resources to help students prepare.   Take advantage of your teacher(s) schedule to ask any questions about what is being covered on the exam and get comfortable with areas you are having trouble understanding.  Also, organizing small study groups can be effective, as long as you stay focused.   Use these sessions to go through any outstanding questions and also practice explaining answers to others.

Get Plenty of Rest and Eat Healthy

Both sleep and healthy foods have been proven to help your brain function and increase energy levels and focus.   Taking the appropriate amount of study breaks are also helpful to absorb and retain the materials being reviewed.

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