There is nothing more important in high school then getting good grades. There is nothing easier for getting good grades then doing your work, and preparing well for tests. Seeing as tests are going to be the biggest influence on your grade in a class, you should try the best you can to prepare for your tests, and do so the right way. What are some good ways to prepare for the exams that you will take in your classes?
The biggest thing that you need to do is make sure that you take good notes in class, and that you paid attention. If you can get a good understanding of the concepts of what is being taught, you will have a good base for what you are going to do to prepare to study your notes. You might be able to remember that George Washington was a president, but what was he doing as the first president anyway? Remember that, and you will have no trouble remember the names.
Make sure that you go over the notes with your teacher if you feel like you need some clarification about anything. Most teachers will have some sort of study group the day before the test in class, or have some way to help you study in class. I remember I had one teacher who would actually go over the questions with us the day before class. There would be some variations in the questions the next day, but it was the same material that we needed to know.
Don’t put all your study time into the night before the test. Make sure that you spend time studying for two, three, or perhaps five nights before the test. This allows you to spend less time each night studying, and allows you to focus on a few things at a time. This helps you ask better questions before the test, and it helps you to identify things that you might not understand as well. This helps you huge when you go to take the test, and you have spent more time on what you don’t know, and less time on what you do know.
Know what your teacher likes when it comes to how you study. Does your teacher like multiple choice, essay, or something else? Should you focus on names, dates, or some other aspect of the unit? This helps you study what will be relevant on the test, and not just what is in the book. You can read the book a million times, and it won’t matter if none of it is on the test.
Basically just be smart about your preparation. Know the material, and know what will be on the test. Know what your teacher likes to put on it, and work with the teacher to figure out what you should be thinking about as the test approaches. If you ask, your teacher will usually tell you what is going to be on the test, the format, and what notes to study. High school is easy if you are willing to put in the time before the test preparing for it.