How to build better study habits before a big test


Katie Stocks, El Rodeo Staff Writer

Studying is essential to earn a good grade on a test. If you find yourself struggling to focus when studying before an important test, here are some tips to help you earn that A.

1. Take good notes

Reviewing notes over various time intervals helps the brain retain the information from your notes when studied over the course of a week rather than the night before.


2.   Find a tutor

Students that go to tutoring show an increase in academic performance and retention. Tutoring can benefit students who may be too shy to ask questions in class. Working one on one with a tutor encourages students to ask more questions. 


3. Have a study session with friends

Students tend to learn faster when working in a group. Working with friends can help students learn from each other as they can help teach a friend how to answer a confusing question.


4. Take breaks in between study sessions

Taking short breaks when studying has been shown to improve performance and the amount of information your brain retains. According to Cornell University, “Research shows that taking purposeful breaks (anywhere from 5–60 minutes) from studying to refresh your brain and body increases your energy, productivity, and ability to focus.”