December is here: the semester is nearly over, and it’s time to start getting ready for finals.
Take a look:
How do you learn best? Alone? In a group? Are you a visual learner? auditory? kinesthetic? You learn most effectively when you understand how you personally learn. You study most effectively when you know how you best study.
Learning skills and study strategies can be taught, but they have to be individualized, for best success. You may even find that you need to study differently depending on the subject!
Here’s a great website that explains learning styles and offers a quick on-line quiz to help you assess your own style:
Follow that up by exploring which tools and strategies work best for you:
College classes often have fewer graded assignments than high school classes. So, any single test can count for a fairly substantial portion of your grade.
How do you study for tests? How many different strategies do you use? How well are your strategies working for you?
Check out this quick on-line self-assessment of test-taking skills to find out how good you are at preparing for and taking tests:
Some students also benefit from test-taking accommodations, such as a quiet location for test-taking and/or extended time. If you qualify, be sure to make arrangements for this as quickly as possible.
Want to review some test-taking tips and strategies in detail? Here are a few useful resources:
http://www.studygs.net/ (look at the sections on test preparation and on test taking)
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