Study tips for Great Scores!

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Study tips for Great Scores!

Seth Jayasena

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Regents and final exams are approximately a month away. Whether you think you’re going to ace them or are nervous, there’s always room for individual improvement, and that applies for studying for your finals and regents. In this article I will be talking about helpful tips and strategies that you can use to help make yourself as prepared as possible for the regents and finals.

The regents and final exams make up about 20% of your average for your class (other 80% is from the 4 different marking periods), so you will want to make sure that you’re ready and can get the highest grade possible on these tests. So, let’s get started with some tips and strategies that can help you get a score that you’re going to be proud of on the regents.

 

  1. Study for all your classes (even the easy ones) – You will want to make sure that you are allocating your time evenly when studying for the regents. You don’t want to spend too much time on a particular class and no time at all on another class. However, you do want to spend your time spent studying for a class in a direct correlation to how difficult that class is. What I mean by this is that you should study for your most difficult class  the most amount of time and spend less time on a class that you are fairly confident in. Just make sure that you are not neglecting a single class. Even if you had a 99 the whole year in a class, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get a 99 on that regents. You will still need to study for that class too. Going with what I said before, you should not be too overconfident when taking a regents. If you think you know a concept somewhat well I would suggest studying it until you are certain that you completely understand it. It would be unfortunate if you went to the regents and saw a question about something that you used to remember, but have recently forgotten about. In conclusion, make sure that you study for all your classes and try your best to understand a concept as well as you can.
  2. Do not get too nervous for the regents – Obviously you are going to be nervous for the regents. It’s a culmination of all the learning that you have done in a class through a whole year. However, you should try to not get too nervous or anxious before one of your regents. You’re going to be more likely to concentrate on the test if you aren’t nervous. How do you limit your nervousness? The answer is to study. If you study and memorizes all the key concepts from a class you are not going to be too nervous on the test. One more way is to get enough sleep. Even though you may want to study all night before a regents it’s not necessarily the best. When you get to the actual test, you might be sleepy and have difficulty concentrating. Also, it may be harder to remember what you were studying if you do it late at night. Try to get a good rest before the regents.
  3. Spread out the amount of time that you spend studying – I would not recommend studying for a regents the day before. Instead, you should try to spread out the time that you spend studying for a regents at least a week before the test (preferably more, but a week should be fine for some classes). Many teachers will start giving out review books and review homework for you to use before the regents. Make sure that you are using these over a long period of time in addition to notes that you took throughout the year. If you study for a week or more before the regents you are going to do much better than if you just studied for one day because you are going to retain the information that you studied better. How you divide your time over the week is up to you, just try to use your time efficiently.
  4. Try to make studying fun! – Believe it or not, no one wants to be doing something for a long period of time that they don’t find particularly interesting. Again, you should be trying to study as much as you can before the regents, so try to make the time somewhat interesting. How you make this time fun is up to you, just make sure you’re still actually studying. There are different methods that you can use such as: studying with a group of friends, creating flashcards, using (credible) online quizzes and efficiently using resources given to you by your teachers. If you find a way to balance studying between learning and making it interesting, you are efficiently learning and are less likely to get bored of studying. Also, I want to mention that you shouldn’t spend your whole time from the time you get home to the time you get to your house studying. Try to take minor breaks occasionally (5-10 minutes). If you do this you are going to feel more refreshed when you go back to studying.

There are 4 tips and strategies that I find are useful for getting a good score on your regents and finals. These may not necessarily get you a 100 on your regents, but they can help you get an above average grade. If there are any particular strategies that you use to study for the regents you can still  use those too. These tips are not meant to replace your current study methods, but rather to supplement to them. As long as you study for the regents and use sufficient effort, you should do fine on the regents. Thanks for reading this article. I hope you have a nice day and good luck on your regents!

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