Successful Students Prepare for Tests
Are you really doing everything
you can to prepare for tests? Re-reading the chapter and looking over your
notes is not enough. Below is a list of tips for test preparation
from successful students.
Keep up to date with
Take notes in every
class every day. This includes asking questions when you donít understand.
as you come to it. Learning information is much different than
"becoming acquainted" with it.
systematically. Label in the margin works well for most people.
Adapt it to suit your learning
styles. Capitalize on the discipline label in the margin requires and
make it habit to process information from texts and lectures, not just
go over it.
Have a study place that
is free of distractions.
Have a specific time for
initial study of each subject. You may need more than this time, but
having a set time will save you time .
Make summary sheets,
flash cards, and practice tests.
Always carry some
kind of pocket work and make use of wasted spare minutes by reciting and
thinking about what you are learning.
Learn something new
or difficult in you strongest intelligence, sense or in your dominant
Reinforce it with as many different ways as possible.
Find a study partner or
two in each class and routinely take turns teaching each other the material.
Prepare for each class
as if there will be a pop quiz.
from Practicing College Learning Strategies, 3rd ed Houghton Mifflin by
Dr. Carolyn Hopper
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