1. Get a Routine

Find the time when you concentrate the best. Usually it’s early in the morning before the day is able to cloud your mind with a bunch of other things. Most people like to study at night but remember this is when you are most tired as well as have many more things on your mind.
2. Create the perfect study Environment
This is usually a place where you can spread out. Remove distractions. Keep the music down. If it is too loud you will concentrate on the music rather than the material. If you want to use the internet then open specific websites and don’t open others.
Facebook and twitter will still be there when you are done.

Ever feel a little overwhelmed?

3. Set a specific goal/date
If you register for the exam and have a specific date you are going to take the test then you will know what real motivation to study is. With a specific date you have the ability to plan your studying. Rather than cramming at the last moment or procrastinating the time away.

4. Take care of yourself
Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit. This goes a long way to preparing the mind and body to work together. Taking these exams is literally physically and mentally taxing. Prepare yourself before you step foot into the exam room.
Take time to just calm your mind down. Relax, meditate, take a bath.
Stress is the enemy it causes us to make decisions we regret as well as focus on the things that aren’t as important.

5. Reward yourself
When you set a goal and meet it reward yourself.
If you set up a time to get through a specific chapter, well when you get through it and know the material do something special. Give yourself a reason to get through it.
Once you get used to having something good after you finish it makes starting a whole lot easier.

6. Mix it up
Don’t get stuck in the same rut. Don’t sit down and try to memorize a textbook. Get flashcards, take online quizzes, quiz your friends. Make a game of it. See who can answer the most in a row.

7. Avoid distractions

Don’t interrupt your study periods. Put them in your calendar and act like they are an appointment. Don’t let other things take you away from that. On the same note we do have to take breaks to clear our heads. If we study for too long the biggest distraction comes from within. Take 10 minutes every hour to break away. Stretch. Get some water, then get back to it.

8. Evaluate your progress
Check your progress. If you read a chapter have someone quiz you on what was in it. Make sure you retain the knowledge and don’t just read it. Make the most of your time.

9. Do Not panic or Stress
Calm…down. The closer we get to test day the more stress we feel. If you start to feel stressed you won’t be able to stick to the plan or goal that you created. Take breaks. Stretch. Walk around. Get some fresh air. Do something to break the tension. Then get back to it.

10. Study with others
Get help or help others.
One of the best ways to learn a subject is to teach someone else the concept. To be able to explain a concept to someone else you yourself will have to know it in and out. If you have a study partner, find the area that they are weak at and have them explain it to you. In doing this you really have to focus and learn the material. You do the same. Try to explain the concept that hinders you the most.

11. Start.

The hardest part of studying is starting. Set the time you are going to study and just study for 10 minutes. You will find that it’s easy to commit to 10 minutes but once you are started it’s really easy to keep going.


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I am the founder and lead Instructor here at ExamRefresh.com. I strive to help those that are entering the field of Ultrasound to be the best that they can be. Ultrasound is my passion.

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  1. aisha rodriguez says:

    i am really frustrated because i cant pass this exam (spi) it is pertinent that i do and it is very difficult

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