Last-minute study check for students preparing for exams

Regents exams and other end-of-the-year exams begin now for students locally. It's time to show what they've learned all year and put their knowledge to the test.

Posted: Jun. 4, 2018 9:21 AM
Updated: Jun. 4, 2018 9:25 AM

Regents exams and other end-of-the-year exams begin now for students locally. It's time to show what they've learned all year and put that knowledge to the test.

The task of studying for finals can be daunting if a student doesn't have the right tools. 

That's why it's important to prepare. Gerald Greene from Kumon Math and Reading Center in New Hartford joins us with an acronym for preparing for those tests. 

Parents, get your students to sit down and watch this two-minute interview. Students, take a look because one of these tactics could make all the difference in your study habits. 

P - Be Proactive: 
Pay close attention for hints from your teacher about the test. Take notes and ask questions about items you are confused about. Ask the teacher to specify areas they believe will be emphasized on the test. 

R - Remove Technology: 

Make sure the phone is left outside the bedroom or study area and no computers or phones are in the room after lights out. A teen's phone can buzz once every couple of minutes and take their attention away from studying. That attention then must be redirected back to the task at hand each time. 

E - Edit 
Create a "finals" folder in each subject. If you try to study everything your teacher ever said, you will go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important information you received during the semester: quizzes, reviews, homework and handouts. As you study each subject folder - put the main ideas/information/formulas onto one page or sheet OR make flash cards. This makes it easier to retain key concepts. 

P - Prioritize: 
Create a finals study schedule and follow it. Make a time sheet, organized by hours of study per subject. Consider that some exams will be more difficult than others and require more study time than subjects you may find easier to study for. 

A - Avoid Fatigue: 
Within a study session, switch up your subject to prevent burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over. This is a trick to studying for longer periods of time, while maintaining focus. For every hour you study, take a 15-minute break. After three hours of consistent work, give yourself a half hour to enjoy a stack, listen to music or get some fresh air. 

R - Rest:
Get some sleep! It's not a good idea to pull an all-night-er ahead of that big test. Eat healthy, sleep eight hours and stay hydrated!

E - Encourage Yourself:
It's zero hour and you're about to take the test! 
Take a deep breath! Do your best and show what you know! 

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