Exams dates are closer than they appear.
School may bring a lot of stress but I somehow manage to stay generally calm and organized under the loads of work and pressure. I have to write exams in less than two weeks but I know that this is not the only time when people study. I'm going to break down my study routine and offer tips, whether they may help for exam or test prep. This is just what I like to do but feel free to use this as a guide and adjust what fits your methods of studying.

Prepare
Step 1: Change into comfy clothes and pull your up and out of your face.
Step 2: Use the washroom and wash your face. For me, it's best to prepare as if I'm going to sit down and focus for a good period of time.
Step 3: Grab a snack and a bottle of water. Eat something light to keep you focused. Trying to study after eating a meal is likely to make you fall asleep instantly.
Step 4: Music. I need a good playlist to keep my energy levels up.
Step 5: Minimize distractions. This may include tidying up your work area, turning your phone off or at least silencing notifications or finding a place to work that is quiet and where you will work best.

*Personally, sitting at a table works best but after long days at school, I like to stretch out on my bed surrounded by notes. Do what works for you but know that the comfort of your bed will also call you to a so-called quick nap.

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Studying
1. Figure out what you need to get done. This can be overwhelming. This is why I suggest to first figure out what you hope to have completed in the study session/amount of time that you have. Remember that of course, it will seem overwhelming until you have taken the time to review and break it down. Give yourself spare time to adapt your schedule to go with any changes.

2. Set reasonable break times. That may be after completing a section or after an hour. This way, you can tell yourself to focus one hundred percent for a little while and then look forward to taking a break. Here are some good ideas for what to do during study breaks to keep a focused, positive mindset:
-get a snack -take a walk -stretch -get some fresh air -doodle -talk to someone (not on your phone) -give yourself a pep talk -play with your pet -read -take a shower -take a nap
*Sometimes, it helps to switch subjects if you can no longer focus on what you are working on.

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3. Section off important parts while studying. This goes along with knowing what you need to work on. Know what you need to review more of, what you need to improve and what you need to research or ask questions about. Write this all down as you're studying so that you can come back to it. I like to make a list of the main sections that I have to study, as well as smaller subjects and key points. I go through the list of outcomes that I should know and make sure that I'm confident about them. I also make a list of the small details/things that I am likely to forget and review it often. Which leads into the next point...

4. Review. First of all, ask your teacher about what will be on the assignment and what you should review. If you don't know, try to figure out the most important things to review. Use bookmarks, take photos of the material for an extra portable copy on your phone and recopy anything that may be unclear. I'm big on recopying almost everything over and over again. For some, this may be too much and you may wish to summarize key points in the way that you understand them. However, I'm strong with memorizing through repetition.
One of the most helpful things to do is to go through all of your past assignments/tests (related to what you're studying for) and redo them. See if you still know how to do them and correct any mistakes. Mark anything that you have had trouble with before or anything that may be a good review question.
Review as much as possible. You will be the most focused during study sessions but use small spaces in time. Fifteen minutes during breakfast or waiting for class to start can reinforce an idea into your head.

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5. If anything is unclear, seek clarification. A small thing that is most likely fine left alone, sure, that's okay to set aside. But most often, there are resources to help you make sense of what is confusing you. Ask a friend, a teacher, a family member, anyone who may be able to help you. It's okay to ask for help and most people don't mind helping. Group chats are also great for this as many people probably have the same questions as you and you can help each other out.
I try to be as proactive about this as possible. I write down what I'm unsure of and ask someone as soon as possible. I make sure that the content that I'm studying is correct in the first place.

I know that this is quite extensive but I do believe that the advice in this article has helped me a lot. I hope you can pick up some good study habits that will help you in getting your studying done effectively.

~M