Study for an Exam in Two Days

You can actually prepare in just 48 hours. I promise.

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How to Study for an Exam in Just Two Days

Your teacher gave you the warning, "Study for an exam coming up!" weeks ago, but you didn't listen. Nope. You played your Xbox, got wrapped up in your friends, played around on social media, and now, you have given yourself just two days - 48 HOURS - to study for an exam. Should you be seriously worried? I know that your parents probably are. But the truth is - maybe you are good.

Maybe you can still manage to pull a great grade out of the hat if you learn how to study for an exam properly by following the advice listed below. Sure, your time management skills may not be all they're cracked up to be, but at least you didn't resort to studying the night before the test, or even worse – cramming.

So here is a schedule to help you study for an exam in two days. Read on and do not even think about skipping any portion of this advice!

How to study for any test

Study for an Exam Day 1: Ask, Organize and Review

In School:

  1. Ask your teacher what type of exam it will be. Multiple choices? Essay? The type of exam will make a huge difference in how you prepare because your level of content knowledge needs to be greater with an essay exam. 
  2. Ask your teacher for a review sheet or test guide if he or she has not already given you one. This is majorly important. The review sheet will tell you all of the major things on which you will be tested. If you don't have this, you may end up studying for things you don't need to know for the test. 
  1. Get a study partner set up for tomorrow night if possible – even via phone or Facetime or Skype. It helps to have someone on your team who can keep you honest. 
  2. Take home your notes, old quizzes, textbook, assignments, and handouts from the unit being tested.

At Home:

  1. Organize your notes. Rewrite or type them up so you can actually read what you've written. Organize your handouts according to dates. Make note of anything you're missing. (Where's the vocab quiz from chapter 2?)
  1. Review the material you have. Go through the review sheet to find out what you're supposed to know. Read through your quizzes/handouts/notes, highlighting anything you'll be tested on. Go through your book's chapters, rereading sections that were confusing to you/unclear/not memorable. Ask yourself the questions from the back of each chapter covered by the exam. Stay focused!

Study for An Exam Day 2: Memorize and Quiz

In School:

  1. Clarify anything you didn't totally understand with your teacher. Ask for missing items (that vocab quiz from chapter 2).
  2. Teachers often review the day before an exam, so if he or she is reviewing, pay close attention and write down anything you didn't read the night before. If the teacher mentions it today – it's on the exam, guaranteed!
  3. Confirm study date with a friend for this evening.

At Home:

  1. 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. Take a five-minute break when the timer goes off, and get started again for another 45-minutes. Repeat until your study partner arrives.
  2. Quiz. When your study partner arrives (or you mom finally concedes to quizzing you), 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 by doing both.

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