Test-Taking Tips

Studying and Test-Taking Tips

  • Convert titles, headings and subheadings into questions. Attempting to answer those questions may help focus your reading.
  • Review; don’t memorize what you have read. Be sure you can explain and summarize the major points.
  • Research has shown that students learn the most during the first and last ten minutes of any study session. After 20 minutes, take a short break.
  • If it seems overwhelming; break it into smaller parts.
  • “Students learn 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, 70% of what is discussed with others, 80% of what they experience personally and 95% of what they teach someone else.”
  • Develop a timed plan when testing.
  • If two of the choices on a multiple-choice questions are similar or opposite, one of them is probably the correct answer.
  • Look for key words in True/False questions. Statements with always, never, every, all and none are usually false. Statements with usually, often, sometimes, most and many in them are usually true.
  • Study by predicting exam questions. Develop a list of main topics and turn then into questions, then answer them.
  • Repetition is the key to memorization.
  • Be an effective listener by focusing on content not delivery, remaining open-minded about a lecture topic and by noting the pattern used by the speaker in organizing your notes.
  • Combat procrastination by breaking large tasks into smaller ones.
  • Set up a reward system for completing your work (coffee break, movie, a new DVD or CD) to help you accomplish your short-term goals.
  • Habits take two weeks to create and two weeks to break. Complete a task one at a time, on time, and gain confidence in doing so.
  • Don’t think about the assignment, just do it.
  • Study the more difficult subjects first; leave the easier ones for last.
  • Divide a piece of paper in two. Write the questions on the left side and the answers on the right side. Cover the answers with a blank piece of paper and write the answers again. Do this until all of the answers are correct.
  • Stop studying when you feel confident.
  • When writing, consider the following:
    • Find a subject you care about.
    • Do not ramble.
    • Keep it simple.
    • Have the guts to cut.
    • Sound like yourself.
    • Say what you mean to say.
    • Pity the readers.

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