2017 – 2018 Scholarship Entry – Test Preparation Essay
Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship
When first arriving to college many freshmen do not know how to effectively study in order to be successful in college. The same study tactics may not always be meaningful when it comes to long-term learning and problem solving. From my first experience, I can attest to this statement.
My first semester in college consisted of nights of useless studying and failed test. With that learning experience, I learned new study strategies that helped me improve the following semester and maybe can help many others as well. To make sure I would be successful I would get the most out of lectures, homework, test and quizzes. My first semester I failed to realize that a lot of the material to study would come mostly out of lectures, so just attending class can help a ton. Being an active learner in class is what can set you up to be successful; I started to sit in the front so I would be able to focus on anything the professor was teaching and it helps to avoid any type of distractions. Along with being an active learner in the lecture is taking good notes.
Most of my classes’ professors would give us an outline of notes, but I would go the extra mile and make my own separate notes in order to have a better understanding of the material. How to study from your notes.
Another study tactic that I found to be helpful was studying in groups. In class, you have to realize that everyone is in the same boat as you. Finding people in your class that you know want to be successful and creating a study group helps because you can discuss the material with fellow students in order to get a better understand the concepts and remember the material. How to form a study group Study group Pros and Cons
A big resource that helped me with studying in college was visiting my professor during office hours. Professors love when students take advantage of office hours because most of them genuinely want their students to succeed when it comes to their tests and class. Discussing the topics with my professors helped to clarify a lot of confusing or just things that I misunderstood in class. Doing this also helps to build a relationship with your instructor and could be a deciding factor when it comes to borderline grades.
The last study skill I would use was redoing any type of practice test, homework, and/or quiz. Practice Questions on every topic. Using this as a review helped a ton for me because not only does it reinforce the ideas and concepts we learn in class, but also gives me an idea of how much I understand the material. So just having this extra practice also helped me to what would be asked on test. Using these strategies helped me to be successful in college my first year. Not everyone is the same, but these can be useful to anyone who wants to do well in college. I picked strategies that I know would help improve my work and I still use them consistently.
Date Published: Sunday, July 8th, 2018
Date Modified: Thursday, July 4th, 2019