Stress Management for Students

Students are under enormous pressure, and they experience a great deal of stress. Keeping up with studies and making good grades is difficult in itself, but there are also the added pressures of work and relationships. When everything starts to seem overwhelming, the use of stress management techniques can make life easier.

Stress Management Tips

Not all stress management techniques are suitable for students because of the time involved. The following stress management techniques are not only some of the most common, but also are well suited to students:

* Do not wait. If you know that you have an assignment due or an exam looming on the horizon, do not wait until the last minute to open your text. By starting early and focusing on small amounts each day, you will be prepared for the exam or have the assignment finished well before the due date. When you wait until the last minute, you increase your stress and anxiety, and your performance typically suffers.  Find out how to Make a Study Plan Continue reading “Stress Management for Students”

Study Skills Checklist

While there are many ways of improving your study skills, they are more effective if you know what your study habits and attitudes are like. Many students have no idea if they are having trouble with their time management, concentration or note taking skills, or if their problems are caused by a combination of problems. Use the following checklist to learn more about your study habits and attitudes.

There are three statements for each category. Read each statement and think about whether that statement applies to you. If it does apply to you, answer Yes. If it does not, answer No. Be sure to answer each statement honestly. Continue reading “Study Skills Checklist”

Tips for Taking Better Notes

One of the key elements in passing any course is taking good notes.  In order to learn the required information, your notes need to be thorough and organized in a way that makes them easy to review later.  For many students, however, note taking is a difficult task, and often notes end up with either too little or too much information to make them useful. Fortunately, there are several techniques for taking better notes. Continue reading “Tips for Taking Better Notes”

Tips for taking a test – Part 2

8. Use your time wisely
The most crucial factor in taking a test is time. You need to always be aware of the clock when taking a test. Organize your time wisely. If a test you are about to take has a value of 100 points, in which two questions are each worth 25 points and a third question is worth 50 points you would divide your time so that ¼ of the test time is spent on the 25 point questions, and half of the test time is devoted to the 50 point question. This gives you a better chance at getting a high score.

If you find that time has run out before you’ve completed the test don’t panic. Jot down the central points to those questions remaining. Putting down at lease something gives you a chance at earning at least partial marks.

You could write a note to your teacher informing them that you ran out of time. There’s a chance the teacher might be more lenient.

But do everything you can to take advantage of each minute. When answering matching questions, cross out the matches you have used so that time isn’t wasted re-reading them over and over. This is a great time saver.
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Tips for taking a test – Part 1

What should I do when I get my test?
Want to do great on your next test?

If you are just starting your academic career, you will be taking a LOT of exams of all different types.  So learning how to write a test is a very valuable skills.

Even if you are taking a High School Exam like the CHSPE COOP HSPT ISEE TACHS.

Keep these 17 tips in mind, and you are bound to ace it.
Also see our post on What you Instructor wants to see

1. Make notes
Right after you put your name on the test write down any formulas, charts or quick notes while they are fresh on your mind. You can refer to them when it’s time to answer particular questions.  We have a number of posts on taking notes and different methods.
Split Page Method
Cornell Method
Outline Method 

2. Carefully read over instructions
Make sure you read over the questions and know exactly what it is asking before you answer them. Tests questions can vary slightly in their wording and totally change the meaning.

3. Scan the Test
Before you start answering any questions, make sure you look over the entire test. It will help you organize yourself in time so that you give yourself enough time to complete longer questions. You want to set a plan of attack that will allow you to achieve the highest score.

4. Start with the easy questions
Start answering the easiest questions first. This will not only free up your time but it will also build up your confidence and get a good momentum going.

5. Answer every question
Make sure you put an answer down for every question. Once you’ve gone through the test answering the easy questions, start again from the beginning and go through the whole test answering every question. This will ensure that you won’t miss a question by mistake. If the answer to a question doesn’t come to you right away answer the best you can, using your first ‘gut feeling’ answer- it’s usually the most accurate. And if all else fails- guess! You never know, you just might come up with the right answer.

Try not to skip questions; there might not be time to come back. But if you must skip a question, make a mark on the page so that it will help you remember to come back and finish. It is possible that the answer to the question will come to you as you work on the rest of the test. Hopefully there will be time to fill it in before time is up.

6. Carefully read each question
Make sure you carefully read each question before attempting to answer it. You don’t want to form the wrong opinion on the answer because you misinterpreted the question. Don’t draw any conclusions until you’ve read over the entire question.

There are certain ‘trick phrases’ that can throw people off in a test such as, ‘all of the above except” and ‘which of these are not’. Carefully read over phrases that use the words, ‘never’ or ‘always’. They are often false answers; Questions that use words like, ‘always’, ‘sometimes’ and ‘rarely’ are often true answers. But there are always exceptions to those rules, so read over each question carefully.

If you come across a question you just don’t understand then ask the teacher if they can clarify it for you. There’s even a chance the teacher might inadvertently give you the answer while explaining it. But make sure you only ask the teacher. You don’t want any accusations made that you were attempting to cheat.

7. Write your answers carefully
Make sure you take great care in writing clear answers on your test. Answering clearly will give you the best chance of attaining full credit for your answers.

8. Use your time wisely
The most crucial factor in taking a test is time. You need to always be aware of the clock when taking a test. Organize your time wisely. If a test you are about to take has a value of 100 points, in which two questions are each worth 25 points and a third question is worth 50 points you would divide your time so that ¼ of the test time is spent on the 25 point questions, and half of the test time is devoted to the 50 point question. This gives you a better chance at getting a high score.

Tips for taking a test Part 2

See Also – The Ultimate Guide to Test Preparation

How to Study from your notes

Do you take notes during class lectures and never seem to look at the notes again? If you are filing your class notes away, and not using the valuable information found in your notes, you may be missing a key study tool. Notes are a vital part of your success when preparing for a test, as they are one of the best sources of information you have. Using your class lecture notes may not be as intuitive as reading the textbook, but once you learn how to study from your lecture notes, you’ll learn more quickly.

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The importance of note taking

It’s impossible to take great class notes if you don’t go to class.

Make sure you make that first class because that’s when the teacher will let you in on the course outline, and their expectations in terms of homework, class assignments and testing. You’ll get a good indication on how the course will be marked.

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Taking Notes: Split-Page Method

split page methodWhile thorough notes are a vital part of making good grades, many students do not know how to take notes. Note taking is not a skill you are born with, but one that you learn. Unfortunately, most instructors assume that previous instructors have taught students how to take good notes. There are many ways to organize your notes, and the split-page method is one of the most popular.  For more information about learning effective study skills, try our free ebook on how to study. Continue reading “Taking Notes: Split-Page Method”

Taking Notes: Outline Method

Taking notes is not a skill that comes naturally to many students, but it is also not a skill that is taught in many classrooms. Note Taking is one of the most important study skills for High School Students and College Students. Because note taking is so important to educational success, it is important that students learn proper methods for taking thorough notes. The outline method of note taking is one that will look familiar to many students.
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How Teachers Can Teach Study Skills

Teachers, especially at the higher grade levels, often assume their students learned effective study skills in prior school years. As a result, students often make it to the college and university level with few study skills and poor study habits, leaving them unprepared for the more rigorous coursework. There are simple, effective techniques, however, that teachers can use at any grade level to teach their students to study.
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