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From JT's Place column by Dr. Charlotte Watts
by Vivian W. Owens
Vivian Owens is a practicing teaching, certified in Chemistry, Physics and Math. A high percentage of her students have enjoyed success on state-mandated tests. As an educator, she developed workshops, programs, newspaper and magazine articles, and learning packets centered on leaning strategies of "Parenting for Education."
Vivian Owens wrote the book, Nadanda The Wordmaker, and it won a Writer's Digest Award. She is also the author of other books for children and parents. Please find more information on her books at http://www.escharpublications.com
1. Set the right atmosphere
- Study where you can concentrate without interruptions - no TV, no phone, and no friends.
- Sit at a well-lit desk or table. (Stay away from easy chairs!)
- Do not study when you are overtired. Take a nap and come back refreshed.
2. Make the most of your notes.
- Take notes efficiently - in a notebook.
- Spend a couple of minutes reading your notes right after class.
- Set aside some time each week to review your notes.
3. Develop a schedule.
- Mark deadlines and exam/test dates on a calendar.
- Schedule several short review sessions instead of one or two long ones.
- Be realistic about how much material you can cover in one session.
- Schedule some free time too! This will clear your mind.
4. Create learning aids.
Match the material to the aid. For example:
- Use flashcards to learn technical terms and vocabulary.
- Make charts and timelines of historical events.
- Use outlines to help break information into smaller units that are easy to remember.
5. Prepare yourself.
- Attend ALL classes. Absences may add to your test stress.
- Ask questions and try to pick out important information. Listen for key phrases, such as, "The three main reasons are..."
- Get help if you have a particular problem.
6. Be kind to yourself.
- Eat and sleep well before a test/exam, so you are in top form. Do not try to "cram" or stay up all night by taking caffeine or other drugs. You will be tired, irritable and distracted by test/exam time.
7. Budget your time.
- Estimate how much time you have to answer each question. If some questions are worth more points than others, plan to spend more time answering them.
8. Do easiest questions first.
- Do not dwell on any particular question. You may come up with the answer as you work on a different question.
9. Look for clues in the question.
- Words such as "define" or "describe" can point you in the right direction.
10. Answer each question.
- Write down what you know even if you do not know the complete answer. Writing may spark you memory.
11. Us the full time allowed.
- Never leave early. Review your answers; make corrections; add more information, etc.
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