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Psychology of Motivation 101 |
Ways to learn how to study |
Learning to take tests |
6/5/2011 |

Finding ways to take exams can be hard. The key is to know the information to the best of your ability. Study hard, but don’t just settle for one way experiment with different kinds of methods so you get a variety of angles to your study time.   |

Finding a way to study is a task every student faces. Preparing for exams does not have to be stressful if students give themselves time to study. Learning to take tests begins at an early age, as early as pre-school in some cases. Long before a student sits down to tackle an exam he should prepare for it. The best time to start preparation is the very day of class.
Being in the classroom is the best start to preparation. Observing the instructors during a class is key to knowing what is going to be on a test. When unclear about something ask questions to receive clarification. It is important to keep up with all daily reading, homework, and all assignments. Reviewing class notes immediately after class, and making flash cards is a  
One of the best ways to self-test is to close the book after reading and write a summary; then go back and review the summary. Determining the best memory techniques to use for individual learning styles can help with information recall for the test. Review and rehearse all the materials learned until confidence is achieved.
Tools, such as: class notes, reading notes, chapter questions, note cards, mind maps, flash cards, checklists, and summaries can be most useful for studying. Studying with a group is also a good way to compare information with others to ensure that everyone is on the same track. Groups also help determine which questions need to be shared with the instructor. Understanding the material is essential.

Taking tests, or being evaluated, is a part of life. Even capable students find that certain tests undermine their confidence. A positive attitude...