How to Effectively Study for Exams

The end of the year is approaching fast, with the last day of school being June 11th. Unfortunately, that means students need to begin preparing for various challenging and important exams, such as PSAT/SAT, AP exams, and finals. 


Important Need-to-Know Dates of Exams

SAT/PSATFINALS:B4 and B3FINALS:B2 and B1FINALS:A4 and A3FINALS:A2 and A1Make-Up Day and Graduation
Wednesday, March 24Monday, June 7Tuesday, June 8Wednesday, June 9Thursday, June 10Friday, June 11

Fortunately for all students, grades 9 through 12, Kurt Ogren, principal of Woodland Regional High School, announced that if a student has a final grade of 90 or above in any class prior to final exams, then they do not have to take part in the final exam for that particular class. With that being said, students must study hard and work to the best of their abilities. Here’s how to effectively study and prepare for exams.


Organize and Plan

The first step in preparing for any exam, project, or event is to get organized. Everyone has a different level of cleanliness and organization that works for them. But there are a few ways to stay organized that can benefit anyone.


Keep a Planner

Keeping a planner and being able to write down assignments and plans for the day is a great way to stay organized and be prepared. 

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Find a Time that Works for You

According to the PBS Academy, the best time to study is between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. The exact times may differ between people’s schedules and preferences. There are many people who categorize themselves as either “Early Birds” or “Night Owls.” Taking a liking to morning or evening times may impact a person’s level of productivity. So, decide if you’re an Early Bird or a Night Owl and get to studying.


Ask Questions

One of the leading causes of students underperforming in standardized tests stems from students failing to ask their teachers for help. Teachers hold “Office Hours” every virtual Wednesday. Office Hours are designed to be specific times when students can ask questions and receive extra help from teachers. 


Write Down Notes/Important Information

Physically writing down important information influences a person’s cognitive processes in a way that increases emotional processing more than typing. Rewriting notes or facts from class helps the brain create an attachment to the information. This ultimately helps the brain remember the information.


Developing effective and efficient strategies for studying is important to succeeding in school and life; however, creating habits requires patience and dedication of time. The most important thing to remember is to study smart, not hard. Find what study regimen works for you and try your best.