What we Learned – Study Skills & Test Preparation

Reviewing the 2017-18 Scholarship essays here is what we have learned.
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Plan Ahead

Starting early and planning ahead are critical to your success.
Plan Ahead

Be Prepared!  – Get everything you need!

Make a Study Plan

Make a Study Plan

Spaced repetition is a preparation method where students review information over several days to better retain what they studied.

Organization and Time Management

Spaced Repetition
Repetition is critical  – Spaced Repetition
Familiarity and frequency

Do what works for you – Repetition 


Not so Secret Weapons for Test Prep

Quizlet Flashcards

Re-Reading the textbook won’t help you – Using Flashcards


Try to Enjoy what you are Doing

Get motivated and stay motivated – goals and mental prep

Engaging all your senses

Say it out loud

Studying with your Senses




How to Study for a Math Test – The Complete Guide

math15Every subject has its own particular way. Math is mostly numerical, not verbal and  requires logical thinking; it has its own way to be studied. Before touching on significant points of studying a math test, lets look at some of the  fundamentals of “learning.”



How to Study for a Math Test

1. Learn Day-by-Day.  Learning is a process not an event

2. Attend Class

3. Find your Learning Style

4. Never Skip Something you Don’t Understand

5. Practice Every Day

Learning is not an instant experience; it is a procedure.  Learning is a process not an event.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and learning anything (or everything) isn’t going to happen in a day either.  You cannot expect to learn everything in one day, at night, before the test. It is important and necessary to learn day-by-day. Good time management plays a considerable role in learning. When you manage your time, and begin test preparation well in advance, you will notice the subjects are easier than you thought, or feared,  and you will take the test without the stress of a sleepless body and an anxious mind.

Tips on preparing a study schedule
Managing your study time

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Types of Exams

exam paper
Before beginning any exam there are steps you can take to help your self succeed. Make sure you are as relaxed as possible. Next make sure you are sitting the right exam and have been given the proper paper. Once you have established that you are in fact taking the correct exam, be sure to read all the instructions carefully. Often these instructions involve key terms.Other ways to ensure your success also vary by exam type.

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How to Take an Oral Exam – Tips to Increase your Score

For many students, the experience of taking an oral exam is one that is very different to taking a written exam, although you may find that preparation for an oral exam is similar to a written exam.

Oral Exams are a standard feature of English as a Second Language Exams   In addition, several other standardized tests such as the NNAAP have an oral component.  The Canadian Citizenship test also has an oral component. Continue reading “How to Take an Oral Exam – Tips to Increase your Score” »

What to Do When You Fail a Test

What to Do When You Fail a Test

Once, when I was a college instructor, a student came to me and asked me what he should do when he fails a test.  In other words, is there anything he can do to use that experience to propel him to better performance in the future?  I thought about the question, and several not-so-helpful responses came to mind.  On the next test, if he thinks he’s going to fail, he could: Continue reading “What to Do When You Fail a Test” »

Cheating on a Test – Not such a Good Strategy

The Complete Guide to Cheating on a Test

So, you have a test rapidly approaching and you a) didn’t study or b) don’t want to study, and that’s when you decide to cheat. You’ve seen it done in the movies, in books, and even real life, which means it can’t be that hard. It seems simple enough, right? That’s where you are wrong. While a select few students manage to pull off cheating without getting caught, the same cannot be said for the majority.

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Whats the Difference Between a Quiz, Test, and Exam?

test quizWhats the Difference Between a Quiz, Test, and Exam?

You’re in school, it’s close to Christmas, and on the same day, one instructor tells you there’s a quiz coming, a second says there’s a test next week, while a third tells you to prepare for the upcoming exam. ARRRGH! A quiz, a test, and an exam, all coming soon. But what’s the difference? Are they all the same thing, are they different, and which is more important to your grade point average? Continue reading “Whats the Difference Between a Quiz, Test, and Exam?” »

9 Test Prep Tips

Different ways of studying for a test

Students study for tests in a variety of ways. While one student finds a particular method of study helpful, another may find it ineffective. Keep trying different things and see what works the best for you. Continue reading “9 Test Prep Tips” »

Hiring a Test Prep Tutor

We usually think of hiring a tutor when someone is just generally doing badly in a subject, and needs someone to show him how to improve in that course. However, more and more students, especially college students and high school students, are hiring test-preparation tutors. This is someone they hire, either on a short-term basis to help prepare for one major test, like a High School Test, or College Entrance Exam, or someone that they hire intermittently, whenever there’s a test, to assist them with the study process. Should you hire a test-prep tutor? Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you feel like you understand the material but are just bad at taking tests, then a test-prep tutor might be for you. Here’s how to find and hire one. Continue reading “Hiring a Test Prep Tutor” »

Myths About Exams

Myths About Exams

Everybody knows what’s involved in studying for exams, right? Well–maybe not. In fact, there are several myths that many people believe are true, but which actually do little or nothing to enhance the studying process. Chances are good that you’ve bought into one or more of these myths. Let’s take a look at some of the more common myths, and discuss what the truth is.
See also – Myths about Studying

MYTH #1: I should study absolutely everything that’s in the textbook or that was discussed by the instructor.

The truth: Only a small portion of the material is included on any test. The key, then, is to figure out what was important enough that it will be included on the test. So how do you do this? You learn to pick up on certain clues. Continue reading “Myths About Exams” »