Steps to Success
1. Believe in yourself
2. Be organized
3. Manage your time well
4. Be successful in the classroom
5. Take good notes
6. Know how to read a text book
7. Study smart
8. Use test taking strategies
9. Get help when you need it
Test Taking Strategies
1. Prepare Yourself
– Attend all classes, if you miss a class make sure to speak with the teacher about missing work.
– Ask questions! If you don’t understand something, chances are other students don’t as well.
– Listen for key phrases such as: “The 3 main ideas are…..” and take note of these.
– Get help before or after school if you need it.
2. Take Good Notes
– Be an active listener (think about and try to understand the information being taught.)
– Taking notes will help you to pay attention.
– Recognize important information (anything the teacher emphasizes or writes on the board.)
– Review notes every day when you get home.
– If you’re absent get the lecture notes from a friend.
3. Create Learning Aids
– Use flash cards to learn vocabulary or technical terms.
– Use acronyms: make a word out of the first letter of terms to be memorized.
– Make charts and/or time lines to keep track of historical events.
– Use outlines to help break information down into smaller units that are easier to remember.
– Reciting/repeating something out loud can help you with memorization.
– Create rhymes that will help you remember the facts.
– Create a song to help you remember the important information you need to know.
4. Take a Practice Test
– Ask your teacher if they have a practice test you can use or…..make your own by anticipating what questions may be asked.
– Ask a parent or friend to quiz you by going over your notes or flash cards.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
– Get plenty of rest the night before an exam, don’t stay up all night cramming!
– Wake up early so you’re not rushed the day of a test.
– Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test.
– Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers so you’re prepared no matter what temperature the room is.
– RELAX! Don’t be anxious, remember to breathe, and have a positive attitude.
6. Test Time
– Know how much time you have so you can plan your time accordingly.
– Scan the test before your begin, notice how long it is and what kinds of questions are asked.
– Read the directions 2-3 times and make sure you understand what is wanted.
– Look for clue words, sometimes one word will give the answer away.
– If you don’t know the answer to a question mark it, move on, and return to it later.
– Make sure on multiple choice tests that you’re marking your answer on the correct number on your answer sheet.
– Use your common sense. If you don’t know the correct answer see if you can figure it out by using your common sense.
– If you find yourself getting anxious take a moment: close your eyes, take a deep breath, and tell
yourself you’re doing OK.
– Don’t rush through the test, you don’t get extra credit points for finishing first.
– Double check your answers when you’ve finished.
– Change your answer only if you have a really good reason for doing so, generally your first response is the correct one.
*Keep things in perspective- this is just one day in your life. Doing poorly on a test is not the end of the world. Learn from the experience, talk to your teacher about what went well and what didn’t so you can improve on future tests!