1. Testing is Good!
When they hear the word “test”, most students react with angst and dread. Who wants to take a test? Well, mostly nobody. But did you know that testing is the best way of learning? According to Drs. Barbara Oakley and Terry Sejnowski, testing is better than re-reading.
Often, closing the book and testing yourself on whether you can solve the problem or recall the information you think you understand, will speed up your learning at this stage. You often realize the first time you actually understand something is when you can actually do it yourself. Actively recalling information is a great way to burn it into long-term memory.
2. Start Early
The simplest way to improve test results is to start studying well ahead of time. This will get material into your long-term memory, where it has staying power. But don’t try to do it all at once. Instead, break studying down into manageable pieces. And then use the spaced learning technique: review it the next day, and then a few days later and so on. Another value of starting early is to find out whether you need help before it’s too late.
3. Understand the Test
Ever studied the wrong material or missed a key section? There’s an easy way to prevent this: Ask your teacher for guidance, or for standardized test, find out what material they cover in the tests. Create a table of contents for what you think will be covered in the test and then find out:
4. Create the Right Environment
How do you study? Do you like quietness or some background music? If so, create that background before studying. If you need total silence, get earplugs, and find a place to study with minimum distractions — away from siblings, TV, and other noise. Shut off your phone and the Internet. If you do better with some background music and stimulus, listen to some music, preferably with no lyrics, which could be distracting. Are you a morning person or an evening person? Study during your most productive time of the day.
Also, energize yourself with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat, and don’t forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
6. Simplify and Use Shorter Study Blocks
If you’re short on time or there’s too much material to go over, use the Smart Scoring System. It will shorten your time to study using its unique interval training system. If you are an abstract thinking, it will teach you how to find the details you usually miss and get wrong on tests—and vice-versa. Remember to take breaks. Stretch, walk around the block, or grab a snack every 30 minutes or so. The Smart Scoring System has breaks embedded in it, so it helps you focus better.
7. Get Help
Don’t hesitate to ask for help. This can be as simple as using a tutor to help you learn the material, stay on track, and get the job done. Call us and use the Smart Scoring System to help you become an independent student. The system will guide you to what you need to learn and fill in the voids.
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