Ace Your Test
Edited by Dougie, Doug Collins, Shelley
Getting good grades on a test requires careful note-taking, good study habits and plenty of focus. You have to be willing to put a lot of effort into it, especially if you're not familiar with the material. However, there's no need to anxiously await test day and spend sleepless nights cramming your brain full of information. Once you discover your learning style and develop your test taking skills, you'll earn consistently better grades regardless of your past experiences. Learn the proper study techniques which will help you interpret questions and recall information more quickly by reading the article below.
What's Your Learning Style?
Discovering your learning style is one of the keys to retaining and mastering information. By following your personal style, you'll comprehend information more easily, retain more information and solve problems more effectively. To get the most out of studying, check out the learning styles below and decide which one fits you the most. For some students, combining methods often provides the best results.
How to Study Effectively
- 2Do not wait until the last minute.
- 4Read your textbook.
- 5Create summaries out of key points to help you remember the whole idea.
- 6Write questions on index cards.
- 7Try unconventional study techniques.
- 8Studies have shown that your brain is more likely to retain information when sleep occurs shortly after you've learned something new. If you prefer not to study right before bed, at least review important parts of your notes.Study at night before you go to bed.
- 9Try studying in different places.
- 10Take breaks if you need them.
- 11help reduce anxiety and improve concentration before a test. If you need something to perk you up, caffeine is okay, but you should avoid over-consumption.Eat healthy.
- Study in an area that has good lighting levels.
- Choose a quiet area to study.
- If you must listen to music while studying to break the monotony, classical music is a good choice since it won't interfere with your thought processes. If you want to listen to other types of music, save it for your breaks, since it can be distracting.
- When you get tired of studying one subject, move on to something else, then come back to it later.
- If you are facing exams over several days, plan ahead and give yourself enough time to study for each subject.
Preparing for Test Day
- 4Eat a light and healthy meal before the exam.
What to Do During the Test
- 4If you are stuck on a problem, don't spend too much time on it at the expense of other test problems.
- 6Check your answers a few times before turning in the test.Advertisement
Tips for Difficult Questions
- Eliminate answers that you know are incorrect.
- If "all of the above" is an option, and you know that three out of four are correct, chances are that's the correct answer.
- If you're dealing with number answers, eliminate the highest and lowest numbers.
- Choose grammatically correct options that fit with the question.
True and False
- Look out for any false statements. If there is anything in the statement that you know to be false, then the answer cannot be true.
- When answers contain absolute words such as "always", "never", "none" or "only", this restricts the possibility of an answer, so it's often indicative of false answers.
- If you have to guess the answer, choose "true". Tests often contain more true answers than false ones.
Referencing this Article
If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:
APA (American Psychological Association)
Ace Your Test. (2015). In VisiHow. Retrieved Mar 28, 2017, from http://visihow.com/Ace_Your_Test
MLA (Modern Language Association) "Ace Your Test." VisiHow, visihow.com/Ace_Your_Test Accessed 28 Mar 2017.
Chicago / Turabian VisiHow.com. "Ace Your Test." Accessed Mar 28, 2017. http://visihow.com/Ace_Your_Test.
Categories : Communications & Education
Recent edits by: Doug Collins, Dougie