Study Skills

5 Strategies to Solve difficult Test Questions

February 20, 2013

A. Translate the questions into your own words. B. Read each option carefully. C. Use a strategy: Attack unfamiliar words by sounding them out, by breaking them into familiar parts with meanings you know, by looking at the surrounding words and sentences for clues to the meaning of the word.  Use your general knowledge. Ask […]

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Guide to Organized Writing

February 20, 2013

Students too often put off a written assignment, considering it a chore too formidable to approach until the last minute. As a result, grades inevitably suffer. Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. With a knowledge of these, […]

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Tips to Increase your Vocabulary

February 20, 2013

How do I begin to increase my vocabulary? Vocabulary is an ongoing process. It continues throughout your life. What you have done is to slow your effective method of learning vocabulary down to a snail’s pace. When you were younger you learned something day in and day out. You kept squeezing every moment of the […]

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Textbook Reading Tips

February 19, 2013

Things To Do Before Reading Make specific times to read assignments for each course. Mentally commit yourself to these time periods to read about these subjects. This makes concentration easier.  Recall what you already know about the topic to be read.  Bring an open mind to what you read. You don’t have to agree in order […]

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6 Test Taking Errors to Avoid

February 13, 2013

1. Misread Direction Errors These errors occur when you skip directions or misunderstand directions but answer the question or do the problem anyway. To avoid this type of error, read all the directions. 2. Careless Errors Mistakes made which can be caught automatically upon reviewing the test. To avoid this type of error, watch for […]

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How to Reduce Test Anxiety

February 13, 2013

To reduce math test anxiety, you need to understand both the relaxation response and how negative self-talk undermines your abilities. Relaxation Techniques The relaxation response is any technique or procedure that helps you to become relaxed and will take the place of an anxiety response. Someone simply telling you to relax or even telling yourself […]

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How to take Essay Tests

February 13, 2013

Essay tests can have on them the following types of questions: short or long answers, fill in the blank, and sentence completion. Use the following suggestions to help you with essay-type tests: Make a brief survey of the entire test. Read every question and the directions. Plan to answer the least difficult questions first, saving […]

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How to take Objective Tests

February 13, 2013

Objective tests include those with multiple-choice, true/false or matching questions. Use the following suggestions to help you take an objective test: Before you start taking the test, preview the entire test – Survey to find how many questions there are and of what type. Set a time limit so that you will have at least […]

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How to Study Well for Math Exams

February 12, 2013

What to know before you start to study: What type of test is it? Objective – multiple choice, true/false, matching or a combination. Essay – short or long answer, or sentence completion. Problem solving. Combination of the above. What material is to be covered? How many questions (approximately)? What is the time limit? If the […]

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Knowing When to Take Notes

February 12, 2013

To become a better note-taker you must know when to take notes and when not to take notes. The instructor will give cues that indicate what material is important Some such cues include: presenting usual facts or ideas writing on the board • summarizing pausing repeating statements enumerating; such as, “1, 2, 3” or “A, […]

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