5 studying tips for AP exams, finals


Galilea Velasco

5 study tips you are going to want to use

Galilea Velasco, Section Editor

As the end of the school year approaches, it is time for students to take their Advanced Placement Exams. In order to pass these exams, students have invested more time studying than ever. Students may have various methods of studying based on what works for them, but the goal remains the same. Moreover, you can find studying tips that are beneficial for you here. 

In agreement with Cowley College, visual learners do best with written repetition, and visual association. They also recommend neatly organized notes that have key words highlighted and that use symbols, or flow charts. 

In general, students are advised by their teacher to practice using resources such as AP Classroom or study guides provided by teachers. This year, the College Board announced they would post AP Daily videos which “are short, targeted videos that you can watch to help support your learning for each topic within a course unit.”

AP Classroom has also provided exam-taking tips and they also have practice exams that are the same time length to fully prepare students for the exam. Students can even find additional resources to help them prepare such as, questions from real exams, scoring guidelines, and sample student responses. 

Moreover, there are scientific studies that have shown what could be done to make sure students are studying and retaining information more efficiently. 

According to greatist.com one should study right before falling asleep because “during sleep, your brain strengthens new memories and puts them into long-term storage”. However, they do not advise studying in bed because your brain will get distracted which could lead to restless nights’ sleep. 

A scientific study has also shown how “the dual action of seeing and hearing information at the same time helps seal it into your memory”, so even if it may not seem beneficial, it could help to read it out loud to yourself. 

Another thing some students may find helpful is to study with others, and although this does not work for everyone, it may help some students concentrate as they work in a supportive and helpful environment.  

Overall students should try studying since it will not only help you later on in school, but also help you succeed in life, create great habits for your future education endeavors, increase your confidence, competence, and self-esteem. Evidently, good study skills can also improve your ability to learn and retain knowledge, as stated by the University of Saskatchewan.