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How to Study for a Test



Whether you have a test coming up in three months, or even two weeks, you can study well enough to get a desirable grade. Following this guide will allow you to do so, by using the many resources that are available to you, from your class notes, to helpful resources on the Internet, to study groups and teachers’ office hours, and more. A student coach can provide you with relevant resources to prepare for your tests.

Step 1: Rifle Through Your Class Notes

Your teachers are not testing you on the entire knowledge of their field. There are specific things they have mentioned to you in class that they expect you to know, and use, to achieve marks in your tests. Whether you are answering multiple-choice questions, essay questions, or short answer questions, is irrelevant. If you know the knowledge required for your classes, you will be fine.

See if your teachers mentioned things multiple times throughout your note-taking. This means they value those snippets of knowledge. It is much more likely such snippets will appear in some form on your tests. They could be in a question prompt, or an answer on a question.

Ask your friends for their notes and compare yours’ to theirs’ to see if you missed writing something down. In addition, you should have taken notes on your assigned class readings. You may be quizzed on themes, knowledge, and more from your readings on your test.

Having comprehensive notes is the first step to test success. To learn how to take and compile comprehensive notes, contact a student coach today.

Step 2: The Internet

Friends come and go in life but Google will never desert you. Any information you are missing or believe you will require on a test can be easily sourced via Google, or any other search engine. For instance, if you are writing a test for your high school Shakespeare class in a few weeks, a great site to visit is No Fear Shakespeare via Sparknotes. CrashCourse on YouTube has a great Chemistry playlist, as well as other great playlists on a variety of topics. Whatever course you are interested in studying for, as a supplement to your class notes, you can find online.

However, given the sheer amount of resources available, you should search for reputable ones. Some guy’s blog is not as reputable as resources offered by educational institutions. You can find many reputable courses on edX.org, an educational platform for people interested in learning online. Coursera is another such educational platform. Although they sell courses, you can audit them for free. The key is simply supplementing your high school test preparation, not replacing it. A student coach can provide you with a list of reputable educational sites.