How to study for success

Jamie Jones, features writer

As the weather warms up and summer plans are made, many students mark up the calendar with testing dates, study sessions and early morning reviews. Finals loom on the horizon, and many KHS students are preparing for AP tests, EOCs, ACTs and SATs. Figuring out how to study and what to expect can be a hassle, so TKC has compiled some study tips for a few of these tests, courtesy of KHS students and teachers.



“Don’t cram. Don’t push off stuff [to do later] and get your work done.” – Grace Price, sophomore

“Time management is pretty important. Make sure you have enough time to cover all your subjects and study the material. Definitely ask for help [with] anything you don’t understand. Going to study sessions with your teachers or friends is always really good help. Other than that, you’ve got to do the best you can.” – Anna Huisinga, sophomore

“I didn’t realize how harsh finals were and how you always want to be comfy [when studying], so at this point whenever I go shopping I always buy something for finals. Usually it’s an XXXL sweatshirt so it feels like I’m wearing a blanket [while studying].” – Haley Mitchell, freshman


AP exams:

“For AP German especially, I go back and look at old worksheets, flashcards, anything that we’ve done in class. For other classes, pay attention, take good notes, [and attend] reviews in the morning.” – Maggie Wiltse, senior

“When I used to teach the AP [Chemistry] course, [we got] through the curriculum [with] about four weeks to spare and just spent time practicing tests and going over the material, reviewing it. But then the night before the test, we would all go to Swing Around Fun Town and just completely forget about any test preparation. Breaks are good, especially if it’s an AP test. Do something totally off-subject the night before. Be confident that you’ve learned the material.” -Robert Becker, science teacher

“Do not wait until the last minute to start studying. Study in small increments over a long period of time and relax because if you stress yourself out, it will just make it harder to remember everything.” – Lesley Sexton, senior


EOC testing:

“[Our teacher] gave us a lot of review guides and those were really [beneficial] because they helped [us] remember the things we learned at the beginning of the year. It’s different than finals because [the test covers] the whole year instead of just the semester.” – Madeline Wright, sophomore

“Use the study guide that your teacher gives you because they know what to expect. [Then, during the test] skip the [questions] you don’t know and then go back.” – Madeline Myers, junior

“Do practice problems and the practice test that is given, just like in [preparation for] the ACT. See what stuff you know very well and then do more practice problems on the stuff you don’t know [as well]. Then, the night before, do some more practice problems [and] and look over your notes.” – Carolyn Fogarty, math teacher


General study tips:

“Get a good night’s sleep, and eat a good breakfast. Eat protein that morning – for the brain benefits.” –

“Use feedback from previous assessment results and focus on problem areas using the test assessment booklet and tested indicators.” –

“Perform a ‘brain dump’. At the start of the test, write down on a sheet of scrap paper any facts or key information that you are afraid that you might forget This ‘brain dump’ will help you to feel less anxious about forgetting important content [and] you can consult this sheet of information as a convenient reference during the test.” –

“Skip difficult items until last. On timed tests, you should avoid getting bogged down on difficult items that can cause you to use up all of your time. Instead, when you find yourself stumped on a tough test item, skip it and go on to other problems. After you have finished all of the easiest test items, you can return to any skipped questions and try to answer them.” –