Studying for Tests

I asked Ginnie Howell to write up what she did to go from a D on an earlier test to the second highest score on the last one.  Here is what she sent me about her technique.  She scored a 130 on the Chapter 3 test !!  (and there was much rejoicing….  yay……)

From Ginnie:

I have been asked by Mr. Small to write a testimony about the study guide I made for chapter three, which helped me gain a 108% on the test.

Firstly, I made the guide since…uh…I sorta kinda gotta D on my last test. D:  I did not want another poor grade, so I decided to stay after school to go over the points Mr. Small told the class to study.  I find it better for me to rewrite everything I learned, so using the sheet over what the test would contain, I formulated a well organized study guide.

The first thing it takes to make a sufficient study guide is to pay attention in class and take the proper notes.  If the teacher says it’s importent, most likely it’ll be on a test or quiz.  Also, keep your notes organized; mismatched information will not help you study, nor will it pass one of Mr. Small’s binder checks.

Next, make sure you go over everything you learned in class that day.  Frankly, you don’t need to study it like you would a test.  Instead, skim over the material to become familiar with crucial information.  When it’s time to make the study guide, you’ll know what the information pertains to and it’ll be easier to study off of.

Lastly, for any school subject, make sure you ask what the test will be over.  Mr. Small usually gives the class a sheet and leaves the points on this website.  With other teachers, you may have to ask.

Once you got all that, get your notes, textbook, and a writing utensil and paper.  Work in an area that will not disrupt you from studying, like a quiet room at home or in your teachers classroom after school.  It never hurts to study in a group either, so bring fellow classmates to help make a study guide.

To make the study guide itself, divide the key points for the test into sections, like an outline.  For instance, have a section about the history of atoms, the next section about theories, the next about experiments, etc.  Go through your notes and textbook to find any detail that might aid you when studying from the guide.  It also helps to draw out diagrams and charts to; visual aids can help you remember data from experiments and the nature of whatever you’re studying.

Although it does not really matter too much, I suggest to write in pencil.  It’s easier to erase a mistake, and I’m sure a student wants a clean paper to study from.

And really, thats what I did for my study guide.  I hope other students can use this as a way to improve their study skills.

If other people have tips based on their success, you may submit a comment using the form below.  Please let me know who is making the comment.  jrs

Comments are closed.