I Studied….Now What?

20 Feb

Okay.  You’ve been studying for this exam for a week (you HAVE been studying all week, right?!). You have your arsenal of tips and tools for studying and you know what works for you. You used your resources – talked to your professors, visited the Think Tank.  But what good is all of that if you’re not a good test taker? You have to get all the information you have in your brain out and onto the paper. Here’s a few tips on how to do that (courtesy of testtakingtips.com).

Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.

Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself.

Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.

Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don’t want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.

When you first receive your test, do a quick survey of the entire test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time.

Do the easiest problems first. Don’t stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor.

Do the problems that have the greatest point values first.

Pace yourself, don’t rush . Read the entire question and pay attention to the details.

Ask the instructor for clarification if you don’t understand what they are asking for on the test.

Write legibly. If the grader can’t read what you wrote, they’ll most likely mark it wrong.

Always read the whole question carefully. Don’t make assumptions about what the question might be.

If you don’t know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.

Don’t worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.

If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions. Only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.

Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test.

With these tips in place, you’ll be unstoppable! Here are a few more tips that I learned from my Educational Psychology class or personal experience:

Personalize the information by setting it to a song or creating a fun story (these are mnemonic devices).

Before looking at the test, quickly jot down any acronyms, formulas, or other bits of small information that you are afraid you might forget.

Take deep breaths if you start to feel panicked.

If possible, study in an environment similar to how you will take the test and what your class is normally like (for example, don’t listen to music as you study because you won’t be able to during your exam, sit in the same place as you normally do for class)

Best of luck!!


One Response to “I Studied….Now What?”


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