The entire month of April I've been swamped with school work, my normal course load, and studying/reviewing for my AP exams (specifically statistics and art history) leaving me with basically no free time or sleep. I've been figuring out a system that works for me, as far as getting the most out of my studying, so I wanted to share some tips with you all!
1. Stay organized!
As you saw in this post, organization of my life is crucial. Write down dates and times for all your tests, and take 10 minutes to sit-down and write out a review schedule to make sure you have time to go back over all the material before your exams. It may take 5-10 minutes per class, but trust me, it will be worth it.
For classes that require memorization of any kind, whether it be dates, artists, formulas etc.; make flashcards to study with. Not only will you learn by making them, but then you have them to study with. Pick a method that works best for you, not the rest of your class. Many people learn best by writing things out, and if this is you then grab index cards and get to work. Others, like me, find it more helpful to use an online website like Quizlet, so that I can download the app and have my flashcards with me everywhere I go.
3. Find/Use other resources
Don't forget that you aren't limited to your textbook and/or teacher. There are plenty of other resources out there that you can use for a variety of subjects, like KhanAcademy, Barron's AP review books, and others. YouTube has tons of tutorials and informational videos on an infinite number of topics, and is free to use!
4. Study for the test!
While it's important to study the material that the exam will cover, it's also important to be comfortable with the test format. If possible you should look at/take exams from previous years to become comfortable with time allowed for the test and the types of questions. I especially recommend this if your test requires an essay, give yourself an hour or so to sit down and write practice essays, so you will know just what to do during the actual test.
5. Have a study groups
I will be the first to admit that study groups can be distracting, and sometimes a waste of time. The key to a successful study group is picking people in your class and are as motivated to learn as you are, and letting them know that this is a serious work time. It can also be useful to pick a spot with little distractions, but will also be comfortable, for example a cafe or coffee shop.
6. Start now
If you haven't already started reviewing, it's not too late. Start reviewing material at least a month before your exam, time will fly and before you know it the test will be tomorrow. Plus you don't want to give yourself too much review everyday, because it will be in addition to your regular class load.
7. Don't forget to take a break
As I previously mentioned I've been getting bogged down by all the work, but I've also had some personal problems on my plate causing additional stress. This past Saturday my sister and I went to the movies to see The Longest Ride. We been wanting to see it for the longest time now (haha), and it was just the thing I needed to relax. Don't forget to take break from your studying to get lunch with a friend, go on a bike ride, see a movie, etc. to relieve some stress in your life. When you come back to work you'll be ready to throw yourself back in.
Thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoyed. Leave your study tips in the comments below :)