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Quarter exams have passed and semester exams are creeping up. How do you study to make sure only vowels appear on those tests? Some students may spend hours flipping  through books, notes, power points and homework to memorize all of the information while others may only look at a few pages before playing games on their phone or watching television. Some people may not study at all. One obvious factor between study methods  appears  to be what grade a student is in. As freshmen,  students are  worried about the new high school experience and tend to study more and more often so they can get good grades and will not have to worry about the harder future ahead. As seniors, however, students   tend to have a more relaxed mindset of “I am done with school” and do not tend to study that much. Obviously these observations do not apply to all students in each grade. Freshmen also could not care at all while seniors study like their lives depend on it. But nonetheless, you tend to see seniors studying less while freshmen study more.

On a personal note, I am one of those students that barely studies and then receives a good grade on a test. I know students like me are not liked too much. I am also an exception to the observation above, because as a senior, I never study, but as a freshmen, I barely studied more than ten minutes for a test and usually got decent grades.I have noticed that the study habits of other seniors have changed a lot over the years as well. Some of my closest friends would study for three to four hours before each quarter exam during freshman year and would stress out to the point of exhaustion because they were terrified of setting themselves behind in high school. Now, they spend the nights before tests watching television or playing Xbox with others, myself included.

Now, here are a few tips, on what to do and how to do it, that have helped me be more diligent in my studying. First, lock away all electronic devices that connect to the internet, including  phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs, because they can distract you from what you need to get done and can  end up making you not study at all. Only use them if you need to look up things like answers to study guides or power points. Secondly, you should organize everything. This means taking  a moment to organize your notes, homework, books, etc., in the order in which you are going to take your exams or tests . Then study the subjects in order of the tests. Next, take some breaks every once in awhile. Nothing makes studying more unbearable than studying for four hours in a row. After studying for a specific subject or after studying for about an hour, whichever comes first, take a ten minute break to move around, get a snack or some water, and take a mental break.. Think of it as a timeout in a sport or an intermission in a play.

When you return to studying, your brain will be ready to receive more information without becoming exhausted. Finally, a few logistical-type things to help during the test. When studying, listen to some music that you can easily remember during a test. If you could remember a specific song, you can remember what you were reading or writing while listening to it. The same goes for chewing some gum when studying and then chewing the same flavor when taking the test. Lastly, one  final tip for all of the students preparing for exams : relax. Take a deep breath, focus and knock the next test out of the park. All of your friends, family and teachers have taken exams like these before and they survived them. Tests and grades can and will be forgotten. The B- from the second quarter exam freshman year will not matter later on, at least in the grand scheme of things. Do not fail it though, it will be hard to raise your GPA for the next eleven quarters after. Trust me, I know.

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