Does test anxiety plague you or are you just needing some ideas on how to improve your performance? Have no fear. These three test prep tips will increase your confidence as you walk into your next test.
1. Study Key Concepts
Study a little more today, so you don't have to regret tomorrow. - Khangal Weheartit
Ensure that you understand the relevant big ideas on the subject matter as a part of your test pre. It may also help to create an outline of how these key concepts relate to underlying facts, formulas, and other information. With these insights, you may be able to more easily find clues in the question that will help you quickly and correctly answer.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
Believing that you can achieve your dreams is a part of preparation. - ATGW
Just as athletes, musicians, and arts spend hours at their craft, consider taking the time to practice for your test. Set aside time to study, and complete practice exams for your test prep strategy. By creating a schedule, you create your own path to success.
3. Don’t Do it Alone
Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new. - Barack Obama
Challenge yourself to demonstrate to others that you know the answers. Whether it is creating your own study group, signing up for one-to-one tutoring, or signing up for online test prep services, enlisting a support system can really help with your test prep. When you work with others, you often fill in the gaps of your understanding and explore different ways of conveying the material.
Test prep continues until the day you take the test. On the day of the exam, make certain you are all in. Get some good rest the night before,and then start the day embracing what comes next. Wake up your mind with some favorite music. Get your body energized with some exercise. Fill your body with some good protein and vitamins. Arrive on time and in tune. Then, take a deep breath and start.
Colleen MacDonald Krumwiede is a financial aid and paying for college expert with over a decade of financial aid experience at Stanford GSB, Caltech, and Pomona College and another decade at educational finance and technology companies servicing higher education. She guides go-to-market strategy and product development at Quatromoney to transform the way families afford college.