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Twenty-eight Ideas for Improved tests

1.       Know your test.  How long is it?  What’s the format?  What will you be tested on?

2.       Find a study place free of distractions.

3.       If possible, study in the same place each time you study for a particular course.

4.       Plan a study schedule for the week before your test.  Study a little every day and leave plenty of time to review information several times.

5.       Use flashcards to test yourself on terminology, dates, etc.

6.       Use colors on flashcards (blue for definitions, red for examples, etc.)

7.       Tape yourself reading flashcards and play back the tape as you review.

8.       Write question cards to prepare for questions likely to be on the test.

9.       Make up songs, rhymes, or jingles to remember information.

10.     Read your notes out loud with exaggerated expressions to remember key concepts.

11.      Use mnemonics to remember facts.

12.     Use mnemonics to create sentences that you can visualize to help you remember them.

13.     Use movement or gestures to emphasize key facts as you study.

14.     Write your study notes out by hand.

15.     Type your study notes.

16.     Write your notes on a large poster or blackboard.

17.     Use charts to learn information.  This is especially helpful when comparing and contrasting concepts.

18.     Use semantic webs or maps to organize and connect concepts.

19.     Create and take a mock test with a friend or study group.

20.     Complete chapter reviews or problem sets in the textbook or CD.

21.     Ask your professor for an old test and take it, using conditions similar to the real testing situation.

22.     Join or create a study group.

23.     Make a list of the top 20 things you think will be on the exam.

24.     As you study, read your notes aloud to yourself.

25.     Explain key concepts to your roommate, your mother, your bedspread…

26.     Get plenty of sleep the night before a test.

27.     Eat breakfast before a test.  You’ll need the energy!

28.     Exercise moderately – swim, bike, run – a few hours before a test.