School is back and that means tests. I have already taken two tests for Spanish and Physical Science. And tests means studying. Ugh. Nobody really likes studying, but there is a key to making studying fun.
My school gives us twenty minutes in the morning to walk around with our friends, finish up homework, watch television in the library(only fox, espn, and cnn sadly), and...STUDY in the Commons. Every morning if me or my friend Rachael have a test that day, we study in the Commons. My school Commons are like this decorated mural area where you can paint, draw, write(appropriate) on the walls, there are tables and sit at, television to watch, and a concession stand. So I always grab a table in the morning and study.
Get all your notes, worksheets, binder, textboook, notecards, and anything else you need that will probably be on the test. For foreign languages or definitions, notecards are a great way to study with a friend where the answer is on the back and question on the front. The night before, write down a list of questions on a piece of piece of paper with the answer on the line below it. This way, you're friend can just ask you the question and you tell them the answer without the fuss of textbooks. And looking through the chapter in your textbook, notes, and worksheets the night before will jog your memory for review. I also studying once I get home from school, right before I got to bed, and once more when I get to school in the morning. Studies show that if you study RIGHT before you sleep, you minimize retroactive interference and sinks the material in while you sleep.
This is for remembering definitions and foreign language classes. I have made at least 1,000 notecards for Spanish, but you know what? I have never gotten anything below a B on my report card. I also use notecards to study for tests in Honors Geometry. So before the school year, I suggest buying 2-4 packs of index cards. I always buy the color coded ones so I can have red for Spanish, green for Geometry, yellow for History, and blue for Science. Plus colored notecards aren't transparent so you can see the answer as well as the question. Study with a friend or sibling or a parent. You can first show the side with the definition and then say the word. Then once you have gone through them 2-3 times, you try out showing the word and saying the definition, which is harder. Just mix it up and have fun.
♥BEFORE THE TEST
DO NOT stress out. If you studied, you will most likely do great. Just take your time and look over your work. I always look over my work and see sometimes that I was writing to fast and skipped writing down a word so I sound like a second grader:) Relax. And when you're done, think "That's off my shoulders now!"