How To Prepare for a Test

How to prepare for exams in life.(photo credit Sean MacEntee)

No matter what stage of education you are in or what kind of future job you would like, tests are going to be a part of your life and you need to figure out how to do your best on them and pass. No matter the type of test, there are three main steps when taking a test: preparation, obtaining, and using the information taught or learned.

  1. Preparation
  • Your mind is delicate and needs to be taken care of in order for it to perform the way you want it. Make sure that you get a good amount of rest before the exam or your mind will shut down before or during the test. It takes a lot of energy for our minds to concentrate on something, analyze it, and then figure out what needs to be done in order to answer a question. Using flash cards or quizzing yourself with or without a partner is good practice for your brain to answer questions on a subject. The more used to your brain is with the information is the format that the test will be, the better you will do. Your mind works better when it is used to a format and it will take less time focusing and will anaylze and figure it out faste. Remember that if you have been focusing in class or however the subject is taught, that you are well prepared. Taking the extra step will just make you more ready and capable.

2. Obtaining Information

  • Your brain will only file away information that you choose to store. We know when we are focusing and when we are day dreaming and looking outside the classroom window. Pay attention and remember that every moment that you lose focus, you lose information and you lose possible correct answers on a test. The more overall information we obtain, the easier the exam willl be because you will be more prepared in various ways. It is not necessarily easy or fast to learn something so pay attention to how you learn and what works. You may learn well by listening, auditory learning. You may learn better by working something out, kinetic learning. You may learn by seeing a presentation of the idea or concept, visual learning. When you know how you learn best, you can use it when studying. Listen to an audiobook or lecture if you learn better by listening. Do practice problems and multiple choice if you learn better by practicing. Watch videos and powerpoints or any presentation if you learn better visually. Realize how you obtain information, use it to your advantage and focus.

3. Use the Information

  • We have all had moments where we thought we were doing so well in math until we got a problem on our own and just stared at the page. Actually using the information is easier said than done. Let the information soak in your brain for a long enough period so that you will be able to use it.

Tests are inevitable but they are possible to do well on, you just have to work with your brain. No matter the career, you need to learn how your brain functions and how to test well.

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