Tests are an everyday part of being a student, and nearly 20% students experience test anxiety at some point in their lives. Mastering content and getting top marks is a sure-fire way for your students to see a bright future ahead of them. But you can help students feel better prepared and more confident for testing day by suggesting helpful study tips to guide them throughout the year. By offering a variety of study tips, students can try them out and find the best option for them.
Here are 10 top study tips for students who want to rock the test.
1) Find out what works
No student learns in the same way as the next. Some students are visual learners, some kinesthetic learners, and some auditory. You’ll recognize how students also study better at home than in the library. It is easy for students to become stressed when a certain learning tactic doesn’t work for them. Therefore, make sure you remind them to be patient and try out lots of different methods. Eventually, they will find what works for them.
If there’s one fact you’re reminded of as a teacher, it’s that not enough students practice for their tests. You’ll also know that if there is a golden study tip to give, it’s that practice makes perfect. Prepare them from day one by giving out regular assessments on Edulastic in class. This will help them get their heads around complicated problems and can help them remember more key information. Also, these practice assessments will teach your students to embrace the mistakes they made. This gives them positive motivation to study even harder, instead of feeling negatively when they make mistakes. Emphasizing the importance of practicing in order see results they want when they take their real exam will only benefit your students in the future.
3) Switch off to study
Making use of online resources is a great way for students to study, but as a teacher, you’ll know they can get distracted when online. Take steps to avoid this happening by suggesting that your students visit school library computers, instead of using their home desktop or laptop. You can also remind them turn off electronics entirely and focus on paper-based information and study materials. Extensive studies have shown that writing things down is a much better took for memorization than other revision tactics, so don’t let your students overcomplicate their revision.
4) Start studying early
There is always one student who leaves studying until the last minute This student likely encounters more stress and lower grades. One of your roles as a teacher is also looking out for your students’ wellbeing, so, suggest that students start studying early in the year. When it comes to test day, they will have had days, or even weeks to prepare. Still, students shouldn’t spend all their free time studying. Going overboard every day is never a good idea, so you should remind them that the ‘little and often’ rule is the best one to follow.
5) Study creatively
As a teacher, you’ll know that studying has come a long way in the last few years. For many of your students, the traditional revision approach may not work best, and the study tips your are offering today might different than those you were told when you were in school. In fact, recent studies show that students learn best with small, bitesize chunks. The great thing about small study bites is that they are easy for students to study on the go. Make sure you endorse all kinds of study methods in your classroom. Students are also as receptive to soundbites or flashcards, and you can also suggest that your students use hours on school bus travel to maximize their study time.
6) Take productive study breaks
A successful study session is as much about what students do when they aren’t studying. Lots of students will feel pressured to do well in their tests, even when you try hard not to pile the pressure on. This means they might not take time out to have a break. Instead, let your students know that taking regular breaks is important, and that these breaks will, in fact, boost their test scores. Although, you should also remind them that this is only as long as these breaks are productive. Getting outside, doing some exercise, or fixing a nutritious meal can all help students stay motivated to study.
7) Stick to a study schedule
These breaks should be inbuilt to a study schedule, so your students don’t take too many. Study schedules work best when they are built around school and family commitments, but they should also be flexible. Ideally, you should recommend your students to fit in just one hour a day. This is more than enough time in the early days, but you should ask that they go up to two hours a day closer to test time. This way, your students can fit in important social activities alongside their studies.
8) Stay hydrated
It is no secret that students need to have enough energy to study effectively. Though a balanced diet helps with this, so does staying hydrated. Without enough water, you might notice your students suffering from decreased memory retention and focus. This not ideal during test season, and keeping hydrated is one of the key study tips for all students. Make sure to regularly remind students to drink at least their recommended daily intake of water, which is between 6 and 8 glasses a day. If you bring in filtered water for during classroom study sessions, this is the best way to lead by example.
9) Get enough sleep
Recently, it was revealed that only 2.2% of teenagers get enough sleep every night. This might not surprise you as a teacher. You’ll know that this lack of sleep is mainly due to stress, or simply not having enough time in the day. Sleep deprivation can cause similar effects to being dehydrated. Help your students set a realistic study schedule set at the beginning of the year. With this schedule, they should find it easier to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. Out of all the study tips you can offer, sleep is foundational to a student’s success and health.
10) Ask for help
All teachers will know that students are always scared of asking for help. But you’ll know more than anyone that no question is a stupid question. From the beginning of the year, break the mold and always encourage students to raise concerns if they don’t understand a concept. Even during school breaks, ask them to contact you via school email addresses to ask for help when they need it. With this open door policy in place, you’re offering them vital help.
Learn More About How to Help Your Students
- Read about how you can teach the importance of learning from mistakes with Edulastic’s redirect feature here.
- Print out the infographic from above with this link to a printer-friendly version! You can put this up in your classroom so your students can learn some new study tips!