Test Taking: Preparation for Tests and Exams
As you enter your classroom on the first day of class, you have a grade. That grade is “A”. It is up to you to maintain the “A”. On the first day, you begin your process of preparing for the final exam. Learning the art of achieving top grades is not complex. It takes discipline to set the process into an everyday habit. Often students have difficulty studying and preparing for tests because their fundamental skills of time management, note taking, listening and dealing with test anxiety need development.
- Attend class regularly: Would you buy a new car without tires? Missing class is similar to buying a major product with missing pieces. If you miss even one day of class, you will lose key elements that cannot be recovered.
- Be prepared: Read the chapter ahead of class. Know the topic and be ready to participate in the discussions.
- Avoid Procrastination: Do not put assignments, studying or projects off until the last moment. Avoid cramming as it promotes stress and test anxiety.
- Sit near the front of the class: You will be able to focus on the lecture because you can hear very well in this position and you are less likely to be distracted.
- Review class notes: Notes should be reviewed before and after each class. Review notes them on a regular basis. Ideally, they should be viewed on a daily basis and one or two hours on the weekend should be set aside to review on a more intense level.
- Do homework regularly: Homework should be completed shortly after the class is over. Schedule a set time each day for homework. The rule of thumb is to schedule two hours of homework for every hour of lecture and one hour of homework for every two hours of lab. Make it a practice to review homework and redo incorrect answers/problems.
- Ask Questions: If you are unclear on a topic, ask the instructor questions during/after the class.
- Participate in Classroom Discussions: By participating in the discussions, you become an active learner.