One of the best study methods for AP exams

The LRHS media center is one of the areas that is used for AP testing. It is also a great space to use for studying. (Photo courtesy of Zach Barnes)

With AP exams rapidly approaching, students are starting to cram in as much studying as they can, but is that the best way to retain all the information necessary to score well on the exams?

Cramming is one of many different methods of studying for any kind of quiz, test, or exam. It consists of rereading notes or PowerPoints over and over for hours on end. This usually happens when students procrastinate, and realize they have to start studying way too late.

Another — likely better — method of studying is the Pomodoro Technique. This is where you study like normal, rereading, practicing, etc, but while working in short breaks of 5-10 minutes to go outside and get fresh air, spend time with a pet, or something of that nature.

“The Pomodoro Technique is a time management strategy invented by Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo named it the Pomodoro Technique after a tomato-shaped timer he used in college to keep himself on track as he studied (pomodoro is tomato in Italian). The idea is to increase productivity by dividing your workday into highly focused chunks separated by short breaks”(According to LucidChart).

It may sound a bit weird to use tomatoes as a way to study in blocks, but it is a much more effective method than reading content for anywhere up to 5 hours — some people do more.

This is a more in-depth breakdown of the Pomodoro Technique from Todoist.

Whether it be cramming, the Pomodoro Technique, or another method of studying, it’s time to get ready for AP exams. Best of luck Leesville!


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