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- stay up late
- reduce stress
- watch lots of TV
- eat a balanced diet
- get plenty of sleep
- drink water
- challenge yourself
- reflecting, brainstorming, choosing, implementing, evaluating
- particiapate, reflecting, chooseing, evaluating, brainstorming
- brainstorming, reflecting, test taking, class discussion, complete home work
- class discussion, test taking, chooseing, complete home work, reflecting
- Bother the teacher so much that he or she allows you to do whatever you want.
- Try your best and not disturb anyone.
- Ask to leave the classroom for any reason at all.
- Throw a tantrum.
- Make the page colorful
- Get organized
- Read with understanding
- Focus while you read
- Pen or Pencil
- All of the above
- the perception that standing up for your beliefs earns respect from others
- an understanding that earned knowledge equals lasting knowledge
- a fixed mindset that we are born with an unchangeable level of talent and intelligence
- the perception that talent and intelligence can develop with effort
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Study Skills Final Exam
By now you have finished reading Study Skills for Teenagers and should have completed all eight study guides. This is the final exam that will evaluate how much of the content you have absorbed.
- 1. Before you begin this exam, list the three most important things you have learned while reading this text.
- 2. Now pick two and explain how you have used this knowledge in the classroom or while studying.
- 3. Select one of the following quotes, and write a paragraph explaining whether you agree or disagree with the quote, and why. 1. "They know enough who know how to learn." ~ Henry Adams 2. "Memory is the primary and fundamental power, without which, there could be no other intellectual operation." ~ Samuel Johnson 3. "A great many people think that they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." ~ William James 4. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~ Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
Was originally believed to be mentally disabled.
Got into the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on his first try.
Won a Nobel Prize.
Worked as a patent examiner after he obtained his doctorate.
His cultivation of the peanut.
His insatiable curiosity.
His work for Booker T. Washington.
His degree in agriculture.
Was of Colombian descent.
Organized migrant workers.
Was the first in his family to graduate from high school.
Used nonviolent methods.
Almost failing high school.
Multiple chances to appear in the Tour de France.
Writing the national anthem.
His novel, The Great Gatsby.
The plays he put on at Princeton.
His book of poetry, This Side of Paradise.
A recluse who stayed in the United States her entire life.
Able to see for the first three years of her childhood.
Educated by a woman named Annie Thompson.
The first deaf and blind student to earn a college degree.
- 11. Of all of the great figures profiled in this book, whose story was most inspiring to you? If you had to guess, what do you think this leader's learning style was/is?
- 12. The more terms there are, the more questions you must answer in a(n) _____________ test.
- 13. List five of the terms you should watch for and explain what kind of information each is asking you to write about.
- 14. Without goals, people playing sports would lose sight of how to win, and the game would be _____________.
- 15. What would your life look like without goals?
- 16. Celebrities like ________________ are strong advocates of book clubs.
- 17. If you could start your own book club, what kinds of books would you read? Give a few examples.
- 18. Figuring out your learning style is like putting together a _____________________.
- 19. What was the final piece for you that made your learning style become clear? When did you discover your learning style?
- 20. As a note-taker, the only two tools you need are _____________________.
- 21. Challenge yourself to keep a notebook on a subject that you are interested in for a week. What topic will you write about?
- 22. The world desperately needs ______________ to help solve world problems and make people leave better.
- 23. What is one problem you have identified in your own community? What are two things you can do right now to make this problem better?
- 24. If nothing else, this book is about setting goals. List three goals you have for yourself. The first should be a short-term goal, the second, a medium-term goal, and the third, a long-term goal.
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Study Skills Questionnaire
This study skills assessment is for students interested in looking at their academic skills and seeing what areas they are already strong in and what they might be able to improve upon in regards to study skills and test taking strategies.
Be honest in responding since that provides you with the most useful information. Pay attention to your highest and lowest scores as they will indicate stronger and weaker areas.
Section 1: Time Management and Procrastination
1. I arrive at classes and other meetings on time.
2. I devote sufficient study time to each of my courses.
3. I schedule definite times and outline specific goals for my study time.
4. I prepare a "to do" list daily.
5. I avoid activities which tend to interfere with my planned schedule.
6. I use prime time when I am most alert for study.
7. At the beginning of the term, I make up daily activity and study schedules.
8. I begin major course assignments well in advance.
Section 2: Concentration and Memory
1. I have the "study-place" habit, that is, merely being at a certain place at a certain time means time to study.
2. I study in a place free from auditory and visual distractions.
3. I find that I am able to concentrate - that is, give undivided attention to the task for at least 20 minutes.
4. I am confident with the level of concentration I am able to maintain.
5. I have an accurate understanding of the material I wish to remember.
6. I learn with the intention of remembering.
7. I practice the materials I am learning by reciting out loud.
8. I recall readily those things which I have studied.
Section 3: Study Aids and Note Taking
1. While I am taking notes, I think about how I will use them later.
2. I understand the lecture and classroom discussion while I am taking notes.
3. I organize my notes in some meaningful manner (such as outline format).
4. I review and edit my notes systematically.
5. I take notes on supplementary reading materials.
6. I have a system for marking textbooks.
7. When reading, I mark or underline parts I think are important.
8. I write notes in the book while I read.
Section 4: Test Strategies and Test Anxiety
1. I try to find out what the exam will cover and how the exam is to be graded.
2. I feel confident that I am prepared for the exam.
3. I try to imagine possible test questions during my preparation for an exam.
4. I take time to understand the exam questions before starting to answer.
5. I follow directions carefully when taking an exam.
6. I usually get a good night's rest prior to a scheduled exam.
7. I am calmly able to recall what I know during an exam.
8. I understand the structure of different types of tests and am able to prepare for each type.
Section 5: Organizing and Processing Information
1. When reading, I can distinguish readily between important and unimportant points.
2. I break assignments into manageable parts.
3. I maintain a critical attitude during my study--thinking before accepting or rejecting.
4. I relate material learned in one course to materials of other courses.
5. I try to organize facts in a systematic way.
6. I use questions to better organize and understand the material I am studying.
7. I try to find the best method to do a given job.
8. I solve a problem by focusing on its main point.
Section 6: Motivation and Attitude
1. I sit near the front of the class if possible.
2. I am alert in classes.
3. I ask the instructor questions when clarification is needed.
4. I volunteer answers to questions posed by instructors in the class.
5. I participate in meaningful class discussions.
6. I attend class regularly.
7. I take the initiative in group activities.
8. I use a study method which helps me develop an interest in the material to be studied.
Section 7: Reading and Selecting Main Idea
1. I survey each chapter before I begin reading.
2. I follow the writer's organization to increase meaning.
3. I review reading material several times during a semester.
4. When learning a unit of material, I summarize it in my own words.
5. I am comfortable with my reading rate.
6. I look up parts I don't understand.
7. I am satisfied with my reading ability.
8. I focus on the main point while reading.
Section 8: Writing
1. I find that I am able to express my thoughts well in writing.
2. I write rough drafts quickly and spontaneously from notes.
3. I put aside a written assignment for a day or so, then rewrite it.
4. I review my writing for grammatical errors.
5. I have someone else read my written work and consider their suggestions for improved writing.
6. I am comfortable using library sources for research.
7. I am able to narrow a topic for an essay, research paper, etc.
8. I allow sufficient time to collect information, organize material, and write the assignment.
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Get Accurate Practice for Your Basic Skills Test and Pass with a High Score (2020)
On this page, you'll get essential info coupled with helpful tips to help ensure that you pass your Basic Skills Tests.
If you're like many other applicants, you probably don't like the idea that passing an assessment test is a precondition to getting a job offer.
Facing this type of competitive test can be stressful, but if you know exactly what to expect and how to handle it, you’ll feel calmer and ready to succeed.
And with an accurate preparation kit, you’ll surely hit your goal score and get the job you desire .
Now, the Basic Skills Test usually consists of quantitative and verbal topics and there are two main test providers who run it:
Wonderlic Basic Skills Test
Click on the links to learn more about them or keep reading to get more information and sample questions.
Not sure which basic skills test you'll be taking? Email us at [email protected] and we will find the right preparation pack to meet your needs.
Looking for information about the QTS skills test? Go to our QTS page for more information.
What Are Basic Skills Tests?
Basic skills tests are a cumulative name for tests intended to assess basic math and verbal skills (sometimes additional skills will also be tested, such as mechanical or clerical aptitude, depending on the position). These tests are mostly conducted for applicants to entry-level positions and apprenticeships (the two most popular of which are the IBEW Aptitude Test for electricians and the EIAT for elevator mechanics).
On the private market, the two most common basic skills tests are the Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) and the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST).
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The WBST (Wonderlic Basic Skills Test) assesses your cognitive skills. The test ranks your verbal and mathematical abilities and evaluates your potential to succeed in the workplace. It measures the ability to learn, adapt, solve problems, and understand instructions.
You’ll have 40 minutes to complete the test: 20 minutes for 50 language questions and 20 minutes to solve 45 quantitative problems. Both can be very challenging since you have about 20 seconds for each question.
How fast can you answer this question? Try it out:
Choose the answer that best describes the sequence of events outlined in the question, without omitting any details or changing the meaning.
Event: Larry quit his job after the accident. Event: He enrolled in college and received a full scholarship. Event: He eventually became a faculty member.
The correct answer is A.
The sentence that best describes the sequence of events stated, without omitting any details or changing the meaning is:
Larry left his job after the accident. He went on to study in college with a full scholarship and eventually became a member of the faculty.
By adopting the right approach, you can cut down your solution time .
Remember when applying for a job you’re being compared to other candidates. Only those with the top scores will have a chance to get a job offer, so good preparation is key.
Click here for more information about Wonderlic's basic skills test or take a practice test for free.
Criteria Basic Skills Test
The CBST (Criteria Basic Skills Test) is designed to evaluate your math and verbal skills. It paints a broad picture of your ability to learn, train, and pay attention to details . You’ll have 20 minutes to answer 40 questions on language skills, spelling, basic grammar, and math.
Your final score report includes:
- Raw Score – the number of questions you answered correctly.
- Percentile Ranking – how well you did on the test in comparison to the entire group.
While the questions are not complicated, the time limit makes it harder to answer all of them correctly.
Try to answer this CBST sample question as fast as you can!
Solve for the positive value of ‘y’ for the following equation:
(1/2)y 2 - x 2 = x/2 where x=4
Answers: A. 18.5 B. 4.5 C. 6 D. 9
How much time did it take you?
(1/2)y 2 - x 2 = x/2 \ x=4 (1/2)y 2 - 4 2 = 4/2 (1/2)y 2 - 16 = 2 \ +16 (1/2)y 2 = 18 \ *2 y2 = 36 \ √ (sqrt) y = 6 The correct answer is C .
With accurate training and specific solving techniques, you can significantly shorten the time it takes to answer any question.
To learn more about another popular Criteria assessment, which is similar in some ways to the CBST, visit the Criteria CCAT test page.
Yes! We absolutely can. Our customers improved their scores by 73% after completing the practice. We have conducted an internal survey among our customers, and the results show an enormous improvement of 73% between their starting score and their final score after finishing the preparation.
No, you can’t use a calculator during the test. You must calculate the answers by yourself.
The passing score changes between different companies. Usually, just an average score is not enough, and employers continue with t he candidates who score on the top percentile .
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Study Skills and Test Preparation
Most of us were never taught how to study, but like anything, these skills can be learned at any time! In addition, new classes and situations can demand new skills. What worked last semester might not be the most effective this semester. Here, you can learn a variety of study skills to prepare you for any class, job, project, or lifelong learning.
How to Study
- 5 Types of Studying – (shown in video) How can you incorporate all 5 types of learning into your studies?
- A 5-Stage Model for Problem Solving – Problem-solving strategies used by “A” students.
- How to Study Specific Subjects – Tips from SARC peer tutors in: Statistics Theory 1 & 2, Derivative Markets & Pricing, Managerial Accounting, Astronomy, Biology, Biology II, Human Physiology, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Differential Equations, Statistics, and Statistics for Engineers.
- Mix Up Your Study Habits – Help your brain learn more and not get exhausted.
- Study Habit Tracker – How effective was your study plan?
- The Study Cycle – Understand the different steps of studying and create a study plan.
- Concentration Assessment and Tips – Not sure exactly why your concentration wanders? Take this assessment of the most common distractions.
- Concentration Plan – Create a plan to break down school work and limit distractions.
- Concentration Tips
Passive vs. Active Studying
- Passive vs. Active Studying – Many students realize they’ve been passively studying just by hearing the phrase “passive vs. active studying.” This handout explains the differences and helps you create a plan to make your learning more active.
- Blooms Taxonomy Worksheet – This handout explains a popular education model, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and provides an area to create sample questions.
- Build Connections – Relate course concepts to your hobbies and interests.
- Critical Thinking Cheatsheet – Generate helpful questions to use in any learning environment.
- How to Effectively Review Notes for a Test
- Sample Study Plan for an Exam – Tips on how to study for an exam, a schedule planner to break up test preparation and studying, and a test preparation checklist that lists different methods that can be used to prepare for an exam.
- Test Taking Skills – This handout provides information about test anxiety and study habits.
- The Final Countdown- Preparing for Finals Workshop Handout – This handout provides tips on how to study, how to improve concentration, and how to overcome test taking anxiety. Utilize this worksheet to help plan for your final exams.
- Learning Styles Inventory – A quiz to determine your learning style.
- Learning Through Our Senses – Not sure what your learning style is? This handout reviews all of them, and gives tips to incorporate all 5 senses into learning.
- Using Music for Memory – This handout describes ways to use music to memorize.
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Everything You Need to Know About Skill Testing
There are many ways to set up a skills test, depending on the position for which you are hiring. Pre-employment skills tests can cover a range of positions: administrative assistant , finance and accounting, call center reps , and software engineers are just a few roles that companies hire for using skills assessments.
Excel skill tests, coding skill tests, typing skill tests, and other computer skill tests are the most common forms of pre-employment assessments. Some companies focus on questions that are task-related, e.g. “Create a Powerpoint Slide that has a video embedded in the presentation.” Questions can get hyper-specific to test a niche skill, like a coding language, or be posed more broadly to test the general requirements for success at a certain level.
Some companies choose to focus on verifying the skills that will help a candidate succeed beyond the immediate position. This approach skews closer to a pre-employment assessment , with questions designed to reveal if a candidate can climb the corporate ladder, adapt in a challenging work environment, or respond under pressure.
For example, one call center rep test included questions such as, “You have an elderly customer on the phone who is having trouble understanding your instructions. A colleague is also trying to transfer a call from a customer you served before, and you have a scheduled follow-up call happening in 5 minutes. How would you handle and prioritize in this situation?”
Multiple choice, open-ended questions, and pre-recorded video responses are all great ways to see if a candidate has what it takes to do the job well. But, do candidates enjoy answering these types of questions?
By most accounts, candidates appreciate the opportunity to showcase what makes them great at their job. Orica , the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives, integrated skill-testing into their interview process to the delight of their job candidates. In revamping the interview process for graduate students looking to join the Orica team, recruiters consolidated their online evaluation components into one platform, Vervoe. The skill assessment combined questions focusing on skills, logic, and values.
An average of 86% of candidates completed the online process, and the reviews were mostly positive. Here’s what the candidates had to say about the skills test:
“The tests required total engagement and thought, and were a clear demonstration of what makes Orica different from any other company.”
“I think the questions were very diverse and it allowed me to showcase myself, my skills and abilities in different ways.”
“ It gave me an opportunity to showcase who I am as well as challenge my skills”
This is just one example of how a skill test can change the entire interview process for a potential new hire. In a job market where people spend an average of 11 hours a week looking for a new job, it’s easy to get burned out, fast. Every job description starts to look the same; every interview begins to feel stale.
When given the opportunity to showcase their talent through real-world tasks , job candidates will jump at the chance to be engaged with the job description , rise above their resume, and challenge themselves. Companies that use Vervoe’s assessments experience a 97% candidate completion rate, which is among the highest engagement rates in the industry. Candidates love the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Even if they aren’t hired, skills testing offers a break from the repetition of the stale interview experience.
The benefits of a skills test aren’t limited to the candidate experience.
Recruiters looking to hire diverse, high-performing teams with better efficiency and consistency can use pre-employment tests to their advantage. Skills tests are a better predictor of performance than resume screenings or traditional interviews alone. Resume screenings are bad for three reasons. First, studies suggest that it’s common for candidates to lie on their CV. The person you think you’re hiring may not actually possess the qualifications you think they do.
“We just wouldn’t be able to interview 2000 people in two weeks. But what we could do is utilize Vervoe to more accurately and in quite an unbiased way, assess everybody’s application during that period. Rather than just assess the first 200 [applicants] and maybe hire 150 of them, Vervoe allowed us to actually assess all 3000 applicants in a two week period and still be able to select the best 150.” Jeremy Crawford, Head of Talent Acquisition at Medibank
Second, resumes only provide a high-level view of a candidate’s credentials and work experience. These items don’t offer qualitative insight into actual on-the-job performance . Coupled with recruiting biases that are built into the process, the third threat is that recruiters are privileging candidates based on background and demographics, rather than talent. Perhaps this is why new hires crash out as often as they do. According to one study, 46% of new hires “fail” within the first 18 months of being hired.
Skill tests can help take some of the bias out of the interview process , give recruiters a new evaluation metric to consider, and lead to happier, long-term hires. There’s ample evidence to suggest they really do work better than many of the other traditional hiring methods recruiters have relied on in the past.
Related: How to Avoid the 12 Kinds of Hiring Bias
In our experience, skill testing works better than traditional hiring methods – with some caveats.
Without a doubt, aptitude tests can be used to replace resume screening . This style of sorting through candidates increases the chance that the best candidates will be unfairly eliminated. Good people get screened out, rather than screened in. So-called “pedigree proxies” – resumes and cover letters – are not indicative of job performance, yet they are often the quickest way a recruiter or algorithm can think of to cut down on their stack of candidate resumes.
Skills tests improve time to hire while allowing the hiring manager to see how someone will do the job, before they get the offer. This reduces turnover costs, which add up quickly: the cost of making the wrong hire can be up to 2.5x salary, easily over $100,000. Working with Vervoe’s skills assessments, on the other hand, can help a recruiter identify the best people at under $100 per hire.
The best skills tests , however, need the right formula to help the candidates succeed . Some recruiters focus narrowly on the skills that will help a new hire succeed in the immediate position for which they are hiring. Yet, many CEOs emphasize the importance of soft skills – things like leadership and teamwork.
Related: 5 Ways To Turn Rejected Candidates Into Allies
New hires may end up being disappointed and leaving because they lacked the soft skills needed to adapt to their new team , not necessarily the skills to perform the job. Recruiters must integrate questions into their skill assessment that focus on critical soft skills that predict long-term success. These validated psychometric assessments are key to assessing “ culture fit ” without defaulting to recruiter bias.
With any kind of assessment, there’s a common concern that’s quite commonly raised: is this assessment valid?
- Any test that directly mimics what a person will do on the job can be considered “validated.”
- Tests of personality and soft skills are a riskier prospect even when they are “validated,” because they often lack the proper validation required to be EEOC compliant.
- Positive candidate experience and perceived fairness are two of the primary reasons why skill testing is an effective and expedient hiring practice .
There are many types of validity, and it’s rare that a test will satisfy every type. Looking specifically at tests for finding job fit, there are a few different types of validity that are particularly relevant, not just to ensure that the hire is a good one, but to ensure compliance with EEOC regulations.
Types of Validity
The most basic form of validity, and sometimes the only one that can be obtained when a test is first created. Face validity essentially asks whether the test looks like it’s assessing what it claims to measure.
One example is testing someone’s arithmetic skills. A set of math problems would have more face validity in this instance than, say, a word problem because a word problem is assessing both arithmetic skills and comprehension.
For skill tests used in recruitment, the question of validity should be most focused on this kind of validity. Content validity asks whether the test covers the full range of the construct that it’s supposed to measure.
This means that in any assessment, the group of questions being asked needs to cover a wide enough range of skills, so that the person evaluating can be sure that the results show the candidate is capable of doing the tasks required on the job.
When people ask if a test is “validated” or has “psychometric validity,” this is the kind of validity that they’re usually talking about. Construct validity asks whether the test actually measures the theory-based construct that it claims to measure.
So, if you’re testing for general cognitive ability or personality, construct validity is absolutely essential, because they are indirectly related to whether someone can perform the job.
But when it comes to testing skills that used directly on the job, face and construct validity are far more important.
This kind of validity is about whether or not the assessment predicts performance in other situations. So, if someone scores highly on the test, does that mean they’ll perform well on the job?
There’s a big difference between tasks that are assessed without context, and tests reflect the day-to-day skills and tasks someone would need to have to perform the role.
Related: Skill Testing Validity
In all cases where assessments are used, and in every step of the recruitment process, it’s essential that employers track and remain aware of differences in performance that are biased toward particular demographic factors. At Vervoe, we constantly monitor assessments to make sure candidates take tests that are fair, and based solely on skills that reflect how they would perform on the job.
In conclusion, we’ll leave you with few thoughts on skill tests compared to interviews.
First, interviews, in general, need a total overhaul. Recruiters have been asking the same, outdated interview questions for decades. Many candidates get overwhelmed by the performance anxiety inherent in the interview and may make (forgivable) mistakes . Nevertheless, many recruiters like the security of meeting someone before making an offer.
Many recruiters seek the same insight from a group interview or case study that they would get from an individual skill test. Unfortunately, using these methods can’t give you the same valuable information as a straightforward aptitude assessment. Case studies can be too conceptual; rather than seeing how a candidate will approach the work listed in the job description, case studies ask abstract questions. The goal of asking “how many tennis balls can fit on a Boeing 757” is not to see if the candidate can guess the right answer, but to see how they approach the question and reason through their response.
But this knowledge doesn’t always serve a recruiter with the best predictor of on-the-job success.
Group interviews provide more insight – into a candidate’s teamwork, leadership, and communication, for example. Yet, in a group scenario, extroverts tend to dominate . It can be difficult to see how each candidate performs as an individual while trying to consider the group at once.
In summary, skill testing is all about understanding whether a candidate can do something or knows something. It’s about verifying their ability to go the distance with your company. Pre-employment assessments differ slightly in that they focus on predicting how a candidate will behave in certain scenarios, not what they can do. By combining questions from skills testing and pre-employment assessments, recruiters can get a more accurate picture of the candidate’s ability.
For more reading, check out some of these great resources.
How Managers Can Master Employee Onboarding
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A Beginner’s Guide To Technical Skills-Based Hiring
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How to Study for a Test
I am frequently asked, “How do I study for tests?” This question actually puts the “cart before the horse” because the efficient way to study for tests is to do your homework on time, ask questions in class, and learn information as it is taught, not just memorize the night before.
There are easy ways to do these tasks, but this article will assume that you have a test tomorrow and you need some help…now!
How the Brain Works
To maximize your study time, it is helpful to know how your brain works.
The most significant thing your brain does to learn new information is to connect new knowledge to concepts you already know. For example, you must know about earthquakes before you can understand the Richter Scale.
The connection process is vital! When you struggle to learn new information, it is usually because you are not able to make a connection to something you already understand.
If you have experienced a moment when something finally “clicked,” that was the moment that your brain made a connection.
Connections help you learn new information, but visual images help you recall it.
Visual images are powerful memory-enhancing tools because brains tend to think in images. Pictures, graphs, maps, and symbols help your brain see new concepts, see the relationship between concepts, and give you an image to “connect” new information.
Next, your brain best remembers “firsts” and “lasts;” the first few sentences you read, the last few comments your teacher said, etc. For example, as a teacher is lecturing in class, it is common to listen to the first few minutes before drifting into daydreams.
Eventually, you sense that the lecture is about to end, so you “snap” back into attention and catch the last few sentences. Because of this, you can learn as much in three, 30-minute study sessions as you can in three straight hours of studying.
Finally, your brain must be healthy to be efficient. Proper sleep, nutrition, and hydration help you think clearly while you are studying and while you are taking your test.
So, how DO you study for that test?
Take advantage of your brain’s natural learning process by connecting “new” information to “old,” study visuals, take short breaks from studying every 30 minutes, and sleep, drink, and eat well.
Take advantage of your brain’s natural learning process by connecting “new” information to “old,” study visuals, take short breaks from studying ever 30 minutes, and sleep, drink, and eat well.
Step 1: Know the test format. Ask your teacher or call a friend, but you do need to know if you are preparing for multiple choice or essay questions.
Step 2: Collect all homework, worksheets, handouts (You kept all of these, didn’t you?), and notes covering the tested material. Create two groups of papers by separating quizzes and graded assignments.
Step 3: Open your textbook to the tested sections and “read” the pictures, graphs, and diagrams; look at each one, read the captions, and ask yourself, “What is this picture? Why is it here? What did I learn about this in school?” These connection questions refresh your memory from lectures and class activities and help your brain “attach” new information from your notes and handouts.
Step 4: Take a short, 2-4 minute study break every 30 minutes. Get a drink, do a few jumping jacks, or grab a short snack to refresh your brain.
Step 5: Review your packet of quizzes and graded assignments. These are gold! Pay close attention to all questions you originally had wrong. Figure out the correct answers and make sure you understand your errors. Read all other questions, notes, and diagrams on these papers. As you read each problem or paragraph, stop and think of a connection to one of the visuals from your textbook.
Step 6: Create a 5×8-inch “cheat-sheet.” Certainly, I am not suggesting you actually cheat, but creating a cheat-sheet as you study is a great learning process. In high school, one teacher let us use one 5×8-inch index card of notes when taking tests. We thought very carefully about information we might need before writing anything down. Interestingly, we rarely looked at the card when taking the test because the process of thinking about what was most important, then writing it down, helped us remember the information.
Step 7: Review your remaining handouts and notes. First, look at the visuals on these pages. Then, read the headings and sub-headings on each handout and turn them into questions. Read the text to help you answer your questions. This strategy helps you identify key points and think in “question mode,” which is what you will do on the test.
Step 8: Read your “cheat-sheet.” Now that you have reviewed all of your study resources, you must memorize important items, such as definitions, formulas, important dates, “the five key elements of…” or “the three most important things about…” Create potential test questions from the information on your cheat-sheet, then answer them. Make connections to things you already know…class activities, pictures from the textbook, or even silly things (such as Never Eat Shredded Wheat” to remember the clockwise order of north, east, south, and west).
Step 9: Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a good breakfast. Drink water to keep your brain hydrated.
Step 10: Read your cheat-sheet first thing in the morning. Read it again on the bus and just before your test. Then, PUT IT AWAY (it’s not a real cheat-sheet) and relax…You’ll do great!
With these ten simple steps you will be on your way to test success in no time!
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Test anxiety self-assessment.
In order to determine whether you have test anxiety, answer the following questions:
- Do I know the material well enough when I take a test?
- Am I so anxious during tests that I can’t concentrate?
- Am I unable to recall material I know?
- Do I work so fast that I make careless mistakes or misread questions?
- Does anxiety often interfere with my performance so much that my grade does not reflect how well I really know the material?
If you answered no to question one, you do not have test anxiety. You have justified anxiety, either because you have not studied enough or because you are trying to learn material that is either too difficult or too advanced for you. If you answered yes to number one and no to the other questions, you do not have test anxiety. If you answered yes both to number one and to any of the other questions, you have test anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
In general, anxiety is any physical or mental reaction that occurs when you perceive you are in danger. The physical symptoms of anxiety may include shaking or trembling, sweating, increased heart rate, nausea, tense muscles and diarrhea. If you experience symptoms of anxiety, you are not weak, afraid or a bad person. These symptoms occur when your body secretes adrenaline to allow you to deal with the danger. Because you aren’t running away or fighting, your body uses up excess adrenaline in these physical symptoms. Research has shown physical symptoms of anxiety do not interfere significantly with your ability to do well on a test.
Mental symptoms of anxiety may include going blank or racing thoughts. When you go blank your mind refuses to recognize or recall material during a test, but readily recognizes or recalls it before or after the test. Going blank interferes with your ability to do well on a test. Going blank is the mind’s way of handling a situation it perceives as threatening. Your mind is much less likely to do this when you maintain a sensible perspective. In general, try not to exaggerate the test’s importance or the impact its results will have. Most tests have only a miniscule effect on the course of one’s life.
Students who experience racing thoughts during tests are unlikely aware of this problem’s interference with their ability to do well. If you have racing thoughts, you may feel your brain goes a hundred miles an hour trying to recall everything you studied, apply it to the test questions, look for tricks, search for information or meanings you might have overlooked, question your answers, read as rapidly as possible, worry about your grade, worry about others who have somehow finished already and are leaving, and then work even faster so you can get done before time runs out.
Techniques for Coping with Test Anxiety
Apply these strategies one by one. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to apply all of them at once. Focus on improving and coping, not perfection.
- Prepare. Know the material well.
- Do not over-study. Once you know the material, do not raise your anxiety level by obsessing over it.
- Avoid caffeine before the test. Stay hydrated with water. Research indicates that drinking water can alleviate anxiety and can also lead to 5%-10% improvement in exam scores.
- Slow down. Use slow diaphragmatic breathing techniques to help when your mind is racing and before the test. Try a breathing rate of about 6 breaths per minute, with about a 4 second inhale and a 6 second exhale. Breathe the same amount of air that you normally would, but just slow it down.
- Plan on not knowing. Avoid the expectation that you will know all the answers.
- Answer the easiest questions first.
- Read questions carefully so you understand what they are asking.
- Be patient. When an answer won’t come to mind immediately, relax.
- Avoid distractions.
- Use helpful self-talk and visualization.
- Don’t watch the clock.
- Work at a steady, productive pace.
- Look ahead in the test only if it helps you manage your time.
- Don’t let your brain start working on the next problem before you finish the one you’re working on.
- Ignore the students beside you. How fast they work is irrelevant.
- Ignore students who finish before you do.
- Stay focused. Don’t let your mind wander or worry.
- Ignore physical symptoms of anxiety. They will not interfere with your performance.
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Study Smart vs Study Hard: Which is more Productive for Success?
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“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” — John F. Kennedy.
We all get 24 hours in a day, and how we use those 24 hours determines our success and career trajectory. Some students struggle to complete assignments, attend regular classes, and study for exams or tests within those allotted 24 hours. Hence, they study all day and night. On the other hand, some students manage their studies and assignments and score good marks.
So, what are they doing that earns them high grades without cramming? Well, their secret to success lies in studying smarter instead of harder.
There’s a significant difference between studying hard and studying smart . Often, students believe that studying hard is the only path that leads to success. They spend the entire day learning, revising till the early morning hours, or staying in the library to get high scores. However, spending a lot of time studying doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get favourable results. That’s why the edu-experts of ALLEN Overseas recommend every student to study smart . So, if you’re wondering how to study smarter rather than harder, we’ve compiled some smart study tips and advice recommended by the top-notch academicians of ALLEN Overseas that will assist you in acing your exams.
How to study smarter, not harder?
1. set smart study goals:.
Moving in the right direction is more important than speed when it comes to success. If you want to study smart , setting realistic goals ahead of time is the best approach to learning effectively within a timeline . A goal can help you focus on one task at a time and complete it on time. Make sure your goals are clear, achievable, reasonable, and well-timed.
It would be best if you were extensively specific regarding your goals. Follow the given steps:
- Realistically define how much you can achieve in the allotted time.
- Make a list of precise steps/sets of actions that you must complete.
- Work in accordance with your strategy.
- Track and assess your progress to see if you’re progressing towards your target.
2. Organise your study space:
Set your study space in such a way that your mind is focused on learning to make the most of a limited amount of time. Choose a comfortable study space with adequate lighting, and remove all distractions to help you concentrate better. Before studying, get everything you need, including books, notebooks, notes, stationary, etc., and clear the clutter. Organising your study space is essential for productive and satisfying learning. Also, make sure that you understand your learning styles, study preferences, and study techniques.
3. Use smart study notes:
When studying solely from your textbooks or notes, things may seem bleak. That’s why ALLEN Overseas’ experts recommend students use smart notes . You may utilise flashcards, flowcharts, mnemonics, diagrams, or videos to help you enhance your memorisation skills. When you learn from smart notes, you gain a more in-depth understanding of the topics that’ll help you in quicker recollection during exams. Also, smart notes, like flashcards, are easy to carry so you can study them in your spare time. Mnemonics are a fun way of learning and memorising complex information. For example, use the mnemonic “ R aging M artians I nvaded V enus U sing X -ray G uns” to learn the electromagnetic spectrum in order of increasing frequency, i.e. R adio, M icrowave, I nfrared, V isible, U ltraviolet, X -rays, and G amma rays.
4. Study multiple subjects/topics:
One of the most effective smart study techniques is studying multiple subjects in a day rather than focusing on just one or two subjects. Learning a single topic the whole day will overwhelm you with similar information that can potentially diminish the efficiency of your study session. It might be monotonous to study the same stuff over and over again. Hence, spending time on several subjects will help you build time management skills and provide more study options.
5. Try to teach:
Adopt the role of a teacher and try to explain the information in your own terms. Teaching necessitates a crystal clear understanding of the concepts in order to explain them to someone else. Also, saying the information out loud can help you assess where you are confused and where you need to put in more effort. Always try to establish links between different topics and use real-life examples as you explain the concept (just like your teacher).
6. Avoid multitasking:
Multitasking is a myth. Understandably, most students consider multitasking a valuable attribute, and it could be for employees. But for students, especially those who are preparing for competitive exams, multitasking causes more harm than good. Smart studying necessitates complete concentration and focus. Studying while reading your Twitter feed, responding to text messages, or watching TV may slow your learning. You may avoid distractions by turning off your phone’s alerts, abstaining from using the internet, turning off the television, etc.
7. Test yourself:
To improve your academic performance, you should test yourself as much as possible. Students who regularly practice questions and take tests, quizzes, and mock examinations outperform students who rely solely on reading and preparing for exams . In addition, solving questions in an exam-like situation will provide a clear picture of how well you’ve prepared, what areas you need to work on and enhance your time management skills. Even if you know how to study effectively for an exam, putting in the effort is only worthwhile if you test yourself regularly.
8. Study in a group:
Studying in a group can be advantageous, especially if you are a procrastinator. Collaborating with your peers for studies enables you to combine your efforts, share knowledge, resolve doubts, and make learning more pleasurable. Keep in mind, though, that more people equals more distractions. Avoid studying with people who tend to procrastinate often or have no interest in sticking to a routine.
9. Prioritize difficult topics:
Spend more time on topics that you find challenging. In fact, it’s better to begin your study session with them as your brain is more alert and full of energy in the beginning. Focus more on difficult topics, revise, and re-revise until you feel confident about them. Make a list of topics that seems complex to you, and always start your study session with them.
10. Revise regularly:
Revision is an integral part of smart study techniques . Revising any information regularly at periodic intervals will transfer it from our short-term memory to long-term memory. Hence, it is recommended to revise what you’ve learnt in a day before going to bed and revise your entire syllabus weekly.
Making the most of your available time is one of the crucial aspects of smart studying. Therefore, try the above-mentioned smart study techniques instead of cramming before the exam. If you are a student aspiring to crack competitive exams like JEE, NEET , and Olympiads , ALLEN Overseas provides expert academic support and guidance to help you achieve your goals.
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1. A priority is something that is:
a. of most importance
b. of least importance
c. of some importance
d. of no importance
2. The "S" in the S.M.A.R.T. goals method of setting goals stands for:
d. none of the above
3. The following is an example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal:
a. I want to get three "B's" and one" A" second semester in my core courses.
b. I want to pass the second semester.
c. I want to make all A's.
d. none of the above
4. A "Rock Priority" may include:
a. hanging out with friends and socializing
b. texting and social media
c. playing video games
d. school assignments/homework/studying for tests
5. Learning to balance rock, pebble, and water priorities is important in getting good grades.
6. The brain is able to do two or more tasks at a time.
7. Students can keep themselves on task by
a. using a timer and trying to beat the timer
b. eating snacks while they are doing homework
c. doing the easiest work first
8. The following are the best ways to keep up with school assignments:
a. use a written planner/agenda
b. memorize the due dates
c. use Google Calendar
d. both a and c
9. In organizing your binder, it is a good idea to
a. put papers in your book bag if you are in a hurry
b. place papers in pocket folders by subject
c. periodically clean out your binder and store papers in a filing box at home
d. both b and c
10. A widely accepted method of note taking is the
a. Johnson method
b. Carnegie method
c. Cornell method
d. None of the above
11. With multiple choice questions,
a. try to think of the correct answer before you read your options
b. never skip a question. Answer all the questions in order.
c. cross out items you know are wrong, and choose your answers from the remaining option(s)
d. both a and c
12. When taking a test, students should
a. do the hardest questions first
b. do the easiest questions first
c. skip questions they don't know and go back later
13. When answering an essay question, it is best to
a. always begin your answer with a question
b. try to make an outline in the margin
c. write as quickly as possible, using abbreviations so that you can finish on time
d. all of the above
14. The following are absolute words that, when in an answer on a test, are usually wrong/false.
a. all, always, never
b. must, none, everyone
c. every, only, some
d. both a and b
15. The following words are included in the 12 power words that students need to know when taking standardized tests except
16. When reading a passage in a test, students should
a. read the passage first, then the questions
b. read the questions first, then the passage
c. none of the above
17. Random guessing on a test gives you what percentage chance of getting an answer correct
18. Tracking academic short- term and long- term goals can be accomplished by
a. checking grades in PowerSchool daily or weekly
b. checking grades in PowerSchool at mid-quarter, quarter, and semester
c. waiting for your report card at the end of the year to see if you passed or failed
19. Goals can be short-term or long-term.
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Study Skills Assessment Questionnaire This questionnaire will help you look at some of your academic skills, and give you a general idea of how you view your abilities. The Study Skills Assessment Questionnaire is divided into 8 sections. Each section has handout/links and an assessment that usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete:
Study Skills Quizzes & Trivia Are you the kind of person who fantasizes about midterms and finals? Are you done with school but look for others to help and tutor? Instead, maybe you dread these tests and are the class procrastinator.
Q. Studying with a classmate is a tip that may help you do better on a test. answer choices True False Question 17 30 seconds Q. Tests are given to measure what you know and don't know. answer choices True False Question 18 30 seconds Q. When taking notes, be sure to write down every word the teacher says. answer choices True
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1. Before you begin this exam, list the three most important things you have learned while reading this text. 2. Now pick two and explain how you have used this knowledge in the classroom or while studying. 3. Select one of the following quotes, and write a paragraph explaining whether you agree or disagree with the quote, and why. 1.
Study Skills Questionnaire This study skills assessment is for students interested in looking at their academic skills and seeing what areas they are already strong in and what they might be able to improve upon in regards to study skills and test taking strategies. Be honest in responding since that provides you with the most useful information.
1. _____ learners prefer information presented using language. linguistic multi-modal visual audio kinesthetic 2. _____ learners prefer to collect information through their physical senses....
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The CBST (Criteria Basic Skills Test) is designed to evaluate your math and verbal skills. It paints a broad picture of your ability to learn, train, and pay attention to details. You'll have 20 minutes to answer 40 questions on language skills, spelling, basic grammar, and math. Your final score report includes:
STUDY SKILLS SELF-ASSESSMENT Name _____ Date_____ STUDYING Often Sometimes Rarely 1. I study where it is quiet and has few distractions. 2. I study for a length of time then take a short break before ... 30. I anticipate what possible questions may be asked on my tests and make sure I know the answers. SCORING: OFTEN = 10 SOMETIMES = 5 RARELY ...
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Study Skills Assessment Questionnaire This questionnaire will help you look at some of your academic skills. Use the scale below to ... _____ 4. I take time to understand the exam questions before starting to answer. _____ 5. I follow directions carefully when taking an exam. _____ 6. I usually get a good night's rest prior to a scheduled exam.
skills you use. You can determine if your study skills need a boost or if they are fine just the way there are now. This informal inventory is a short and quick tool for assessing your study skills. This is not a test, so please ask for assistance when/where you feel you need it. Answer each question as honestly as you can. There are 30 questions.
Your skills test should include a minimum of six questions; somewhere in the eight to ten range is best. At least a few questions should require text answers; start with a text-based response in the first question, rather than a video or immersive question.
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Step 1: Know the test format. Ask your teacher or call a friend, but you do need to know if you are preparing for multiple choice or essay questions. Step 2: Collect all homework, worksheets, handouts (You kept all of these, didn't you?), and notes covering the tested material.
A variety of study skills information is available on the Academic Success Center's Academic Skill Resources Page. Test Anxiety Test Anxiety Self-Assessment In order to determine whether you have test anxiety, answer the following questions: Do I know the material well enough when I take a test?
In addition, solving questions in an exam-like situation will provide a clear picture of how well you've prepared, what areas you need to work on and enhance your time management skills. Even if you know how to study effectively for an exam, putting in the effort is only worthwhile if you test yourself regularly. 8. Study in a group:
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Study Skills and Strategies Course Pre-Test Circle Your Answer 1. A priority is something that is: a. of most importance b. of least importance c. of some importance d. of no importance 2. The "S" in the S.M.A.R.T. goals method of setting goals stands for: a. systematic b. specific c. simple d. none of the above 3.