Updated 10 December 2011

AP*Comparative Government
and Politics Examination
|What You Need to Know
What is the Best Way to Study?

Sue Shellenbarger, writing in The Wall Street Journal, offered these tips from academic experts:
  • "testing yourself repeatedly before an exam teaches the brain to retrieve and apply knowledge from memory..."
  • "Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. That approach makes it easier to recall the material later..."
  • "don't wake up earlier than usual to study; this could interfere with the rapid-eye-movement sleep that aids memory..."
  • "Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. High-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best..."
  • "While many... insist they study better while listening to music or texting their friends, research shows the opposite: Information reviewed amid distractions is less likely to be recalled later...

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