Test taking can be one of the biggest challenges of college. Relax. Stay calm. It’s not the worst challenge you will face. When preparing for a test, try to set goals. Give your self time to study, and try to find the perfect or almost perfect place to study. Always use your resources. For example, you can use the library for a quiet study time, or you can go to the library to receive help from a tutor. Another resource is your teacher! Teachers are always willing to help their students. Just take some time to plan, set goals, make time to study and remember your resources they will help prepare you for your next test.
Lastly, another way to prepare for a test is to find out what type of learner you are. Everyone learns differently. Some people are visual learners, some people are auditory learners, and some people are kinesthetic learners. Visual learners should sit in the front of the room so they can focus on the teacher. Kinesthetic learners change positions frequently while studying and take frequent, short breaks involving activity. Auditory learners listen in class without taking notes, focusing on understanding what the teacher says. (From: Alfaro-LeFevre, R.,2009. Critical thinking and clinical judgement: A practical approach to outcomes-focused thinking, 4th Ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier).
Overall, there are many ways to improve your test taking skills just take some time to find them, plan, and never forget to use your resources.
-Emily, student blogger