Following the winter break, the exam study period and exam week can be stressful, but New Hampton School students are well-prepared for the upcoming exam period with a review period and some helpful tips as they re-engage in academics.
After months of projects, conversations, and dedicated class time, our exam period reviews the cumulative understanding of students in the form of assessments. Working in partnership, teachers and students can find success and feel proud of all of the learning that takes place over the semester. Studying is not always the solitary experience one might expect, and students will find support through their classmates and consistent, planned study periods. Read on for helpful study tips.
Study with purpose.
Studying should be deliberate and focus on the skills and knowledge a student will be asked to demonstrate during their assessment. Rather than saying “I’m going to study my Spanish vocab,” a student should focus their studying and instead say “I am going to memorize the spelling and definition of ten words.”
Study the same material more than once.
The information transferred from short to long-term memory will become lasting knowledge. Once a student studies their ten Spanish vocabulary words, they should revisit those same words as they add ten new ones. This helps move information from short-term to long-term memory.
Make a plan.
Break down the sections you want to prepare for in each exam and make a plan of when to study each section. For example, “In preparation for my Spanish exam on Monday, I will review vocabulary, on Tuesday I will review grammar, and on Wednesday I will practice speaking. This helps to again provide focus and break down a big task into manageable sections.
Find tools for feedback while studying.
Many New Hampton School teachers use formative assessment tools throughout their teaching. These tools are helpful when studying to make sure you are studying the correct material. Apps such as Quizlet and Kahoot can be used. Studying with a partner and quizzing one another is another strategy. Also, as teachers provide practice exams, they should also review the correct answers in class to provide students with useful feedback.
Space out your study sessions.
This tip reemphasizes the suggestions to make a plan and review more than once. It can be hard with a busy schedule to find time for studying, but planning in advance and giving your brain time to digest material can result in greater learning.
Say it aloud.
Quizzing oneself on new material, such as reciting it aloud from memory, or trying to tell a friend or a houseparent about it, is a far more powerful way to master information than just re-reading it. Once you’ve had some time to review material, find a friend to work through it aloud.