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Study Tips

  • Study when you are rested, alert and have planned to study. 
  • Be sure you have read all assignments and notes.
  • Find a good place to study that is not distracting (library, study lounge, etc.).
  • Time is the best resource, don't avoid study time. 
  • Make sure you have eaten a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.

Test Taking Strategies

Let's face it - taking tests is not fun.  But, since it is such an important part of your life right now, here are some ways to minimize your stress level and do well on each and every test you face this school year:
  • Compare how you did on a similar test in the past.  Review your previous tests when studying for the final exam.
  • Arrive early for tests - good preparation helps you focus on the task at hand.
  • Be comfortable but alert.  Choose a good spot in the room and make sure you have enough space to work.
  • Stay relaxed and confident.  Keep a good attitude and remind yourself you are prepared and are going to do well.  If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths.  Don't talk to other students about being nervous.  Anxiety breeds anxiety.
  • Read the directions carefully.  This will help you avoid careless errors.
  • Answer questions strategically by answering the easy questions first and then tackling the difficult questions last.  
  • Review to make sure you did not skip any questions or mis-mark an answer.  Also review your grammar, spelling, punctuation, decimal points, etc.