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How To Study

It takes a lot of practice to develop good study habits.

    1. Set aside enough time to complete your work (at least an hour a day).
    2. Study at the same time each night.
    3. Choose a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
    4. Do not turn on the television, radio or the talk on the phone.
    5. Be sure that you have all the things you need (pencil, paper, school books and homework assignments).
    6. Read through your work once before starting homework.
    7. Go back and complete your assignment, or go back and slowly study / learn details.
    8. Read your work as many times as it takes for you to understand it.
    9. Review your homework for mistakes and remember important information.
    10. Remember to follow the same routine each time that you study.

    From JT's Place column by Dr. Charlotte Watts


    How To Improve Test Performance

    by Vivian W. Owens

    1. Study daily in small doses weeks before an important exam.
    2. Review notes and/or practice problem-solving daily for every subject you are studying.
    3. Read textbooks throughout a course to learn terms associated with the subject area and visual reinforcements, like graphs or data tables.
    4. Read textbooks for information and deeper understanding of concepts presented during class.
    5. Read questions given in the textbook and get help with understanding those which seem unclear.
    6. For exams, review any tests you've taken during a semester.
    7. Make up a test for yourself a week prior to taking the real one. Collect questions and problems from class notes, quizzes and previous tests.
    8. If you will engage in authentic assessment - that is, you may be required to actually perform an experiment, write an essay, or apply knowledge in some demonstrated manner - practice beforehand.
    9. Avoid stress situations prior to test. Practice breathing exercises if you tend to tense up during testing.
    10. When you come across unfamiliar questions, proceed to those more familiar. Often, giving attention to known quantities can shed new light on other material.
    11. Focus on the questions asked. Think carefully, and don't allow yourself to feel rushed.
    12. Eat a balanced breakfast and get a good nights rest.

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

How To Beat the Test Stress!!

1. Set the right atmosphere

2. Make the most of your notes.

3. Develop a schedule.

4. Create learning aids.
    Match the material to the aid. For example:

5. Prepare yourself.

6. Be kind to yourself.

7. Budget your time.

8. Do easiest questions first.

9. Look for clues in the question.

10. Answer each question.

11. Us the full time allowed.


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