Study tips

When I sit down to study, I just don't know where to start.

Did You Know?

People who get a good night’s sleep before a test do better than people who pull all-nighters.

Tests are a fact of life, but most students enjoy them about as much as they enjoy getting dental work. But taking tests does not have to be a hand-wringing exercise. With the right study skills, you can
take your next test with confidence.

Test prep

Start early

Start studying several days before the test. This way will allow you more time to learn and remember the information you need to know. Cramming the night before will increase your stress, so try to avoid doing that.

Stay positive

Remember that it is within you to do well on the test. But try not to put too much pressure on yourself. You don’t have to ace everything.

Set priorities

Try to spend the most time studying what is most important for the test. If you don’t know what’s most important, ask your teacher. Chances are that if your teacher has spent a lot of time on something in class, it’s probably important to know.

Make study sheets

Try to summarize the main ideas in a few points. Make a single page of notes and review them several times.

Get help

Ask your teacher to explain any material that you don’t understand. You can also ask a friend or classmate for help.

Go to the review class

Many teachers review the important material during the class before a test or exam. It’s a good idea to attend the class, pay attention, and take as many notes as you can. This is also a great chance for you to ask last-minute questions.


Study as best you can and get a good night’s sleep before the test. For tips to help you do your best on test day, read on.

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Last reviewed: September 2012 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team

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