- Attend all classes, if you miss a class make sure to speak with the teacher about missing work.
- Ask questions! If you don't understand something, chances are other students don't as well.
- Listen for key phrases such as: "The 3 main ideas are....." and take note of these.
- Get help before or after school if you need it.
2. Take Good Notes
- Be an active listener (think about and try to understand the information being taught.)
- Taking notes will help you to pay attention.
- Recognize important information (anything the teacher emphasizes or writes on the board.)
- Review notes every day when you get home.
- If you're absent get the lecture notes from a friend.
3. Create Learning Aids
- Use flash cards to learn vocabulary or technical terms.
- Use acronyms: make a word out of the first letter of terms to be memorized.
- Make charts and/or time lines to keep track of historical events.
- Use outlines to help break information down into smaller units that are easier to remember.
- Reciting/repeating something out loud can help you with memorization.
- Create rhymes that will help you remember the facts.
- Create a song to help you remember the important information you need to know.
4. Take a Practice Test
- Ask your teacher if they have a practice test you can use or.....make your own by anticipating what questions may be asked.
- Ask a parent or friend to quiz you by going over your notes or flash cards.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
- Get plenty of rest the night before an exam, don't stay up all night cramming!
- Wake up early so you're not rushed the day of a test.
- Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test.
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers so you're prepared no matter what temperature the room is.
- RELAX! Don't be anxious, remember to breathe, and have a positive attitude.
6. Test Time
- Know how much time you have so you can plan your time accordingly.
- Scan the test before your begin, notice how long it is and what kinds of questions are asked.
- Read the directions 2-3 times and make sure you understand what is wanted.
- Look for clue words, sometimes one word will give the answer away.
- If you don't know the answer to a question mark it, move on, and return to it later.
- Make sure on multiple choice tests that you're marking your answer on the correct number on your answer sheet.
- Use your common sense. If you don't know the correct answer see if you can figure it out by using your common sense.
- If you find yourself getting anxious take a moment: close your eyes, take a deep breath, and tell yourself you're doing OK.
- Don't rush through the test, you don't get extra credit points for finishing first.
- Double check your answers when you've finished.
- Change your answer only if you have a really good reason for doing so, generally your first response is the correct one.
*Keep things in perspective - this is just one day in your life. Doing poorly on a test is not the end of the world. Learn from the experience, talk to your teacher about what went well and what didn't so you can improve on future tests!