You studied so hard, you know the material, but still…. you fail the test.
Well, though this may sound a bit strange, studying hard does not automatically mean that you’ll be successful on the actual test! In fact, studying hard is only just one part of getting all set for any exam.
The real key to attain a successful score on a test is studying effectively! And if you’ve studied very hard but still don’t get sufficient grades, it’ll probably be that part that you’re missing.
So studying harder isn’t the solution. It’s all about studying more effectively, but where and how should you learn to do that?
Well, your first step should be determining what your actual problem is and how you should address it.
Let’s look at 6 common reasons why students get bad scores despite studying hard (and some helpful tips)
Reason #1: Test Anxiety
The problem is that when you’re feeling extremely nervous when taking a test, your mind may go blank and you’re suffering from severe test anxiety. Consequently, you won’t be able to remember the topics you’ve studied so hard for, and you can’t concentrate on simply answering the test questions at hand.
Our Tip: When you studied hard and master the material, you really should try to calm down and relax once test day has arrived. Think in a positive way like “I studied hard for this and I know all the material”, and you may also want to practice taking some deep breaths when you sitting for the test.
Reason #2: You Don’t Use The Right Learning Style
The problem is that many students don’t use a learning style that matches the way they learn. Auditory learners, for example, study best if they listen to the material, not when they write notes.
Our Tip: Learn all about your specific learning style. You should try out a number of learning styles to discover the one that works best for you. The main learning styles are:
- Auditory Style: this way, students read their notes aloud while reviewing the study material
- Visual Style: this way, students learn best by visualizing the study material like learning from videos
- Kinesthetic Style: this is a more hands-on learning style for students that learn best with study activities like making their own study notes
Reason #3: Randomly Guessing
The problem is that you’re simply guessing on a test and don’t have an appropriate strategy.
Our Tip: You should learn how to eliminate the wrong answer options in a strategic way and there are numerous techniques to do so. One of our favorite techniques is the “Divide & Conquer” method.
Reason #4: Late And All Night Study Sessions
The problem is that you’re pulling late-night or all-night cram study sessions instead of learning little bits each day before taking a test.
Our Tip: When you’re sleeping, the material you learned will be moved from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. So enjoying a good night’s sleep ahead of taking a test is definitely more effective than studying late at night or all night long. You should plan your studying way ahead and begin to learn days in advance. You really should avoid last-minute and late-night or all-night studying.
Reason #5: Taking No Breaks
The problem is that you’re studying for long hours without taking any breaks. But when you spend more time and long hours studying, that won’t mean you’ll understand the study material better!
Our Tip: Rather than learning in longer time blocks, you should learn by using the so-called spacing study technique, meaning you should study for a set amount of time and then have a break before starting a new session. By doing this, your brain will absorb the study material more effectively and retain it better as well.
Reason #6: You Don’t Have A Study Plan
The problem is that if you don’t have a good study plan to go by during your learning sessions, you won’t be able to determine what you should focus on when you’re learning for your exam.
Our Tip: For each of your learning sessions, set your goals. Know what you are looking to accomplish. If you study this way, you can better keep track of what you’ve achieved and which areas still need your attention.
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