Make a study schedule. Many students already do this - but if you don’t, this is for you! Make a study schedule in advance to ensure that you’re giving all the subjects an equal and sufficient amount of attention they need. It’s best to study at least an hour per night beginning a week before exam week depending on the number of subjects you have - it is hard to study for three assessments in one night, after all!
Study at least a week beforehand. If you’re reading this the night before an assessment, sorry - this tip isn’t going to help very much. Studying a week beforehand helps you review the notes once so that by the time the night before rolls around, you’ve got a better idea of the subject and studying becomes a breeze.
Make your own notes. Retyping or rewriting all your notes in a way that suits you not only helps you to review all your notes at once but improves your understanding, helping you to figure out where your “weak points” are in the topic. Whether it be flashcards, your own version of notes, or recording an audiotape to listen to over and over - it’s up to you and whatever your learning style is. These are best done at least a week or so from assessments though! “Every man for himself” doesn’t have to be the case for exam preparation if you don’t want it to be! Maybe you missed one sentence or two in class and didn’t realise, or you have massive amounts of notes to write out and not enough time to balance it out. Split up the work with a friend! It’ll save you some stress and work and get the same result as doing it alone.
Ask your teacher or Google old papers on the subject to do. Studying or redoing old tests help you review and makes sure that you know your stuff - and it helps you prepare for the same style of questions. Don’t be afraid to ask: after all, your teachers only want you to do the best you can!
Don’t stress/overthink too much.
This is said a lot - but it’s true. Okay, so maybe this assessment might shape the course of your life forever, but overthinking it isn’t going to help and will most likely stress you out even more. Put that energy to sleeping or go study some more instead - do not stress too much. Stressing or overthinking won’t shape the course of your life, or improve your grade - but it will affect your mindset going into an assessment and certainly won’t help improve your mental health. Make breaks in-between study sessions and be sure leave enough time to study so that you don’t have to study through meals or at lunches at school. Good luck! Agnes Shu