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Tips On Studying For A Test Part 1

Aug 17, 2007
One element that both online education and traditional education share is test-taking. You still have to pass tests, whether it be in a classroom or on your computer, in order for you to pass the course and be that much closer to earning your degree.

Here are 5 tips on how to study for tests so you can improve your performance on them:

1. Review the material right after class.

After you are finishing reading the material online, turn away from your computer and write out some of the ideas you've learned on a piece of paper - this way, you will refocus your mind on what you have learned, plus you will find out what parts of the material did not stay with you that you will need to refocus on.

2. Space out your studying; don't wait until the night before the test to do all your studying.

Just like in traditional studying, it is better whenever possible to space out your studying - trying to cram for a test the night before can lead to more anxiety and stress than is necessary.

Instead, review your class materials a few times a week, focusing on one topic at a time. If possible, try to print out some of the materials so you can study away from your computer. If this isn't possible, it would be wise for you to set some extra time aside to be at your computer without "attending class"; even a half-hour every day or two would greatly reduce the amount of studying you would have to do the night before the exam.

3. Start out by studying the most important information.

Also like traditional studying, you want to focus on the most important information first, especially what your professor stressed in your class sessions, because that information will likely be on the exam, and chances are, make up a large portion of the exam. Likewise, you should spend a considerable amount of time studying that material.

4. Learn the general concepts first before focusing on the details.

To understand the details about a topic, you have to understand the main concepts of a topic first; otherwise, you have little chance of understanding the details about that topic. Focus on the main ideas first before working on the sub-ideas related to those main ideas.

5. Take notes and write down a summary of the important ideas as you read through your study material.

Good note taking would include such useful information like the definitions of new vocabulary words, new concepts discussed in a chapter, and any new procedures that are explained in your reading of the material. In addition, writing out the questions you have about the material would also be a good idea so you can ask your professor and classmates about them in "class" - this can lead to further discussion about the material and better understanding of it.

In addition to better learning of the material, good note taking will also provide you with a note sheet away from your computer so that you can study the material even when you are away from your computer.

Utilizing these five tips should help you to perform better on your exams, and eventually, earn that degree!
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