How to Study for a Test in 5 Days

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How do you study for a test if you have five days? Well, that's a great question! Thankfully, you aren't asking, "How do you study for a test" if you only have one, two, three, or four days. You gave yourself plenty of time to prepare fully for your test and didn't even consider cramming. Here's your 5-day schedule.

Ask and Read

In school, ask your teacher what type of test it will be. Multiple choice? Essay? That'll make a difference in how you prepare. Ask your teacher for a review sheet if he/she hasn't already given you one. Also, get a study partner set up for the night before the test if possible–even via phone/Facebook/Skype. Don't forget to take home your review sheet and textbook.

When you are at home, eat some brain food. Read your review sheet, so you know what's going to be on the test. Re-read the chapters in the textbook that will be on the test. That's it for day one!

Organize and Make Flashcards

Pay attention in class–your teacher may be going over things that will be on the test! Take home your handouts, assignments, and former quizzes along with your textbook and review sheet.

At home, organize your notes. Rewrite or type them up so they are legible. Organize your handouts according to dates. Make note of anything you're missing. Go through your review sheet, finding the answers for every question on there from your notes, handouts, textbook, etc. Make flashcards with a question/term/vocabulary word on the front of the card, and the answer on the back. When you're finished, put your flashcards in your backpack so you can study throughout the day tomorrow. Don't forget to stay focused!


Throughout the day in school, pull your flashcards out and ask yourself questions (when you're waiting for class to start, at lunch, during study hall, etc.) Clarify anything you didn't totally understand with your teacher. Ask for missing items and ask if there will be a review before the test later on in the week.

At home, set a timer for 45 minutes, and memorize everything on the review sheet that you don't already know using mnemonic devices like acronyms or singing a song. Stop after 45 minutes and move on to other homework. You have two more days to study for this bad boy! Put your flashcards in your backpack for more review tomorrow.

Memorize Some More

Again, pull your flashcards out and ask yourself questions throughout the day. Confirm a study date for tomorrow night.

Set a timer for 45 minutes again when you are home. Go back through your flashcards and review sheet, memorizing anything you don't have down pat. Take a 5-minute break. If necessary, set a timer for 45 minutes again and continue if you're still unsure of any material! Put your flashcards in your backpack for review again tomorrow.

Study and Quiz

Throughout the day, pull your flashcards out and ask yourself questions again. If your teacher is having an exam review today, pay close attention and write down anything you haven't learned yet. If the teacher mentions it today–it's on the test, guaranteed! Confirm the study date with a friend for this evening.

Ten-to-twenty minutes before your study partner (or mom) shows up to quiz you for the exam, review your flashcards. Make sure you have everything down pat. When your study partner arrives, take turns asking possible exam questions to each other. Make sure each of you has a turn asking and answering because you'll learn the material best doing both. Stop once you've been through the questions a few times and get a good night's sleep.

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Roell, Kelly. "How to Study for a Test in 5 Days." ThoughtCo, Apr. 5, 2023, Roell, Kelly. (2023, April 5). How to Study for a Test in 5 Days. Retrieved from Roell, Kelly. "How to Study for a Test in 5 Days." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 2, 2023).