Five Study Tips to not Fail Your AP Exams This Year

By: Carrie and Braden

Tip One: Actually Study

Finding the motivation to study is really difficult. Especially when you’re studying for APUSH. It seems daunting and impossible, but it isn’t. It takes self-discipline and self-control. If you want to pass the test and not waste the $94 it took to buy the test, you have to be focused. Set an alarm for when you start and stick to it. Ask your friends to keep you accountable. Put pieces of your favorite candies at each new section to keep yourself reading. Do whatever it takes to motivate yourself. It will be hard, but you can do it. Have faith in yourself.

Tip Two: Lessen the Distractions Around Yourself

We get it. It’s very easy to get side tracked with everything in life coming at you at supersonic speed. But one of the best ways to stay motivated is to try to remove all of, if not most of, the distractions. It’s ok to put down electronics and other distractions for a little bit to focus on things that will help you in the future.

Tip Three: Study with Friends

A quick disclaimer: I know you want to study with all of your best friends because you love them and want to spend time with them, but you need to have discernment when deciding who it is you want to study with. Some people will help you, other people will hinder you. You need to make sure that you’re studying with people who will keep you focused.

Studying with the right friend can be really helpful. They will keep you motivated and could really help you understand the information. Studying with another person can drastically increase how much you know. I know personally that being able to bounce ideas off of another person, especially my best friend, makes a daunting task possible.

Tip Four: Find What Works for You

Not everyone studies the same. Some people can just read over the material an hour before a test and retain it. Others need weeks of diligent Quizlet studying before they can even begin to be comfortable with the material. If you can’t sit for hours reading, try quizzing a friend. If you need to work alone, record the material you need to know and listen to it as you jog or clean the house or just sit and stare at the ceiling.

The same thing doesn’t work for everyone. Don’t beat yourself up if what you are currently doing doesn’t work for you. That’s okay. Just find something new to try. Don’t give up because “it’s not working”. Learn and adapt. If you need to make changes, make changes! Find out what works for you and stick to it.

Tip Five: Rock Those Finals!

The last tip is probably the most important one. Have faith in yourself. If you go into the test doubting what you can do, you won’t get very far. You did the studying. You practiced with friends. You put away all distractions and did what you needed to do. Now all you have to do is believe that you have done all you could. Put all the worries away. Throw them in the trash can and breathe. You can do this.

When you’re sitting there, taking the test with that number two Ticonderoga pencil, just let go of everything else. If you think about it too hard, your brain will freeze up. The only one getting in the way of the score you want is you. Don’t be your own stumbling block.

You can do this, so go out there and do it!

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