Studying for success

Posted: September 24, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Uncategorized

Take steps to reduce test anxiety.

If you experience symptoms of anxiety the next time you take a test, try one of these strategies:

  • Think positive.  Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.  Tell yourself that you are calm and in control.
  • Try deep breathing.  This technique can help you calm down.  Close your eyes and take a long, deep breath, hold it, and exhale slowly.
  • Relax your muscles.  Tighten your muscles in the area where you feel tense (for example, your shoulders).  Hold for a count of 10.  Then relax your muscles, concentrating on the release of tension.
  • Learn about the test and be prepared.  The best things to do may be the simplest.  Go to all classes, be an active participant, and complete all homework assignments.  Preparation can go a long way to helping you calm your nerves.

Ready… Set… Study!

Now it’s time to start studying.  Here are a few tips for when you’re studying for a test.

  • Review notes and important class materials.

What to do: Review notes that you took in class and while reading, and any handouts that your teachers gave you.  Organize the information into a single outline.  Begin by listing the key points.  Then fill in the details about each key point.  Try to anticipate questions that may be on the test.  Also review past tests and quizzes.

  • Use notecards to focus on key facts.

What to do:  Use notecards to help you condense class materials into key information.  Let’s say you’re studying for a chemistry test on elements.  Write the corresponding symbol for the element on the other side.  Then you can use the cards to quiz yourself.

  • Try mnemonic (pronounced: nee-MAH-nick) devices.

What to do: Remember important facts, figures, names, or places by associating something (such as a picture or word) with what you’re trying to remember.  Let’s say you want to remember the names of the Great Lakes.  You can use the word “HOMES,” to stand for “Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.”  Or if you want to remember that it was the Delaware River that General Washington and his troops crossed to surprise their enemies, picture the general looking at two 3-cornered hats and asking a woman named “Della” which one he should “wear.” Sometimes, the more outrageous the image, the easier it is to remember.

So what’s your plan?

Talk with Warren about setting up a study plan. Sometimes all it takes is actually putting pen to paper to get you motivated!

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