Studying the Night Before a Test
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Studying The night before a test - Episode 035
You Googled how to study the night before a test and ace it didn’t you? I’ve been there. Of course, that was before Google existed. I probably searched an AOL chat room for the answer. If you or if your child is procrastinating when it comes to preparing for tests this episode of School Counselor Gone Rogue is going to give you some tips AND some tough love. First, I suggest downloading my free resource The Test Prep Roadmap - you can grab it by clicking here. It takes you through the simple steps to create a studying plan in less time AND less stress so you don’t end up in this pickle again. This shouldn’t be used as a go-to system for cramming. That would be foolish – but if we have to narrow the scope of our studying it will do just this once.
Let’s chat about what to do for finals or your average test when you didn’t study. Click above to listen to the full episode or read below for some quick outtakes.
Let’s dish out the Tough Love
If you are leaving your studying to the last minute, do not fool yourself. Do not think that, "I'm going to study for 3 hours before the test, and I'm going to get an A." You've got to get real. You do not get the right, to take the test and then be like, "Man, they didn't ask me the questions that I was prepared for" or "That teacher gave me a lame old test." No, no, no, no, no.
The first responsibility comes down to you and that responsibility was to prepare a little bit further in advance, right? Say it loud, say it proud, "I screwed up and I left my studying go to the very last minute."
However, we also have to try our best. What will that look like? What will you have to study? We cover how to do that in The Test Prep Roadmap.
First, we had to lay down some consequences. Being that my husband is a teacher, we hold a very big priority on being respectful to teachers.
The conversation went something like this:
“But I was being respectful. I wasn’t being disrespectful. I didn’t mouth off.”
First, as parents, we had to get very clear about what our expectations are as parents. It is also important to clarify the terms that are being used. What is respect to her might not be respect to us.
I had to ask - “If the class is carrying on like a bunch of hyenas, my love, are you being respectful to the teacher if you’re contributing to the chaos? Do you feel like you are helping your teacher be successful if you are in some way, even for a moment, adding to the chaos?” Her response was, “No.”
So we established that point. We defined the terms of respect and disrespect.
Clear your Calendar
The next thing is to clear the calendar. We let things slip so we have to buckle down and wipe away the Netflix binges and social outings. I can’t sugar coat this – but it’s just for a little while. It’s going to be you, text books and notes for a few days.
If you are cramming, and it is finals time you are going to have to look at which classes are the ones in danger of tanking your grade. They might be the classes you like the least. We can’t change that – but we can take a deep breath, admit this is the pickle we are in, and get to work.
You need to make some choices. This might mean determining which material you are going to focus on. You can’t study EVERYTHING the night before the test. A good study plan should be started days in advance. We won’t play the shame and blame game. We both know that being in this place isn’t fun. Let’s make the best of it.
Once we pick the class or the concept, we are going to work on we need to strategize. Now that you figured out where you're going to start, this is where you pull out The Test Prep Roadmap. We're going to look all of your assignments that you're going to be tested on. We're going to look at the concepts. And we're going to create a list of the things that you need to study.
Listen to the full episode for all the details, but don’t get it twisted. I am not suggesting you leave work till the last minute - but if your child is leaving studying to the last minute there could be a reason. If we are going to stop procrastination and late night cramming we need to get to the heart of the reason.
Take a listen to the episode, download The Test Prep Roadmap and let’s get out of this cycle of cramming the night before the test!
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Marni Pasch| Host of School Counselor Gone Rogue| Academic Coach | Team Pasch Academic Coaching
I work with students in grades 6th and higher, who struggle with academic confidence and motivation. I help them survive school with less stress by helping them create concrete goals, tackle procrastination and learn creative study techniques. I empower students to take charge of their education and reach their goals. I do this through individual or group coaching so students achieve success in life, school, career readiness and their social endeavors.