Preparing Well For Tests

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During your educational career, you will be required to take tests that will show how much of the information that was given in a class you have retained. Some tests will count for a much greater percentage of your grade than others.

Being able to prepare and study well for these tests will be critical to your success in school, especially in college. Many college classes do not require a great number of assignments, but instead require only one or two tests.

The best way to prepare for a test is to make sure that you know the information well. If you do not know it well, you will have to resort to simply taking wild guesses.

This method has never done anyone much good. So, take the time to learn the material before you take the test.

That may seem like a daunting task, but, if you follow some simple steps, you can prepare, regardless of how close the test date is. The first thing you'll want to do when preparing is to establish an objective.

What grade do you want to get on the test? Most students will probably answer "A" to this question.

However, it is not a bad thing to say "B", or even "C". Try to set a realistic goal, but do not aim too low.

Once you have your goal in mind, take a look at your daily schedule. How much time do you have to study each day?

If necessary, can you make more time to study? Try to work as much study time into your schedule as you can.

The next thing to do is to determine which areas and concepts are the most difficult for you to understand. A concept that seems hard from day one should be studied from day one.

Over time, you will find that you have become more proficient at it.
While you study the concept, you can enlist the help of classmates, teaching assistants, and even your teacher or professor.

As the day of the test approaches, your professor will most likely tell you what you can expect to be on the test. Use this information to help you focus your study sessions.

Check through all your assignments and other documents from the class, paying particular attention to those dealing with material that will be on the test. Some professors will provide a study guide.

If your professor has given you such a document, use it to help you study. The professor will usually mark the most important material on the study guide in some fashion.

Some professors will design study guides that require you to fill in answers. This type of study guide can be very useful, allowing you to test yourself before you take the actual test.

It is a good idea to repeat this process of self-testing at least a few times. The more times you force yourself to write the material down, the more likely you are to remember it when it comes time for the test.

All of your study should be done in an environment that is conducive to studying. This may seem like a fairly obvious statement to make, all too many students "study" while their roommates watch a movie or talk to them.

Go over the material again and again, becoming familiar not only with the answers but with the questions as well. Doing so numerous times will allow you to test yourself in your spare time, even when you do not have your study paraphernalia with you.

Some people find it easier to remember information if they make up a story or song that incorporates the information in some way. Creating a story or song may seem like a silly idea, but it can be one of the more convenient systems for remembering.

Whatever your method is, stick to it. Others may try to convince you that it won't work or that studying itself is not valuable.

Pay no attention to these people. Prepare for the test in a way that is appropriate for you.

When you have studied as much as you can, you will be ready to take your test. Do not be surprised if you do attain your goal that you established for yourself at the very beginning of the process.
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This article was published on 2011/02/24