1. Figure out the types of questions you’re getting wrongUsually, students have difficulty with certain types of questions or a particular subject. The simple key to figuring out what types of questions are giving you trouble is to take practice exams and look for some sort of commonality in your wrong answers.
2. Learn how to get them rightWhether it’s interpreting the question differently or practicing a particular skill, once you figure out which questions you’re getting wrong you can work on learning how to get them right. Make it your goal to take practice exams and figure out the right answer to each question you answered incorrectly. Work to understand exactly why you got every question wrong, and figure out how you can come up with the right answer. That way, the same types of questions are less likely to trip you up when you take the actual exam.
3. Invest more study timeAs a general rule, committing an additional 40 hours of focused study will improve your test score. That being said, the more time you put into focused studying, the better results you’ll yield. Time alone will not improve your score, it’s a combination between time spent studying and making sure you’re actually focusing on the right areas while you’re studying.
4. Motivate yourselfNobody else can motivate someone that doesn’t want to be motivated. There’s no simple trick to this one, other than becoming motivated to get a better score. Don’t do it for your parents or a reward - do it for yourself so that you will have your pick of colleges.
5. Commit to your new study scheduleCreate a realistic, manageable schedule for yourself that adds extra study time into your routine. Here’s the kicker – you have to actually stick to it.
6. Focus your study time on the right areasEnsure you’re studying the right material – a focus on questions you identified as trouble questions (those answer(ed) incorrectly or areas you need to improve upon) is the best way to spend your extra study hours.
7. Don’t wait until the last minute to cramMore studying is great, but not if you wait until right before the exam to cram. The key is in practicing over time. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to break up your study routine into small, manageable periods of time so that you never feel overwhelmed by the process of studying.
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