Take Your Test Preparation to the Next Level
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/28/2007 | Education
We all know the basics of preparing for tests; start studying early,
don't cram, find a study buddy, etc. These strategies are all well and
good for the normal student, but what about those of us who want to
rise above the crowd? It is getting more and more competitive out there
so you need to increase your scores, but how?
To take your test taking skills to the next level, you will need to
implement speed reading, visualization, and test strategy skills. When
you add these tools to your normal test preparation you will see great
results. These skills should only be used if you have the basics of
test preparation understood. By constant application of these tools you
can see long term results.
First, speed reading has been used for many years for lots of
different purposes. It comes especially in handy when preparing for an
exam. Speed reading allows you to cover vast amounts of information
quickly and easily. By being able to cover material quickly you can
have time to go over the material several times.
There are lots of great speed reading courses out there. Find one you like and try putting this skill into use right away.
Another tool to add is visualization. Visualizing how you do on
your exam has been shown to help improve your grades. Try to start this
several weeks ahead of time, but even doing this a few days before the
exam helps too. To do visualization, just run through your mind how the
exam room will look. Try to fill in as many details in your mind as
possible when doing this. What temperature is the room? What time of
day is it?
Visualize yourself being calm and relaxed throughout the exam and
confidently answering each question correctly. Just a few minutes a
couple of times a day can work wonders.
Having a good test strategy is the final step in taking your test
preparation to the next level. There are lots of resources on the
internet about strategies for different types of exams, ranging from
multiple choice to essay. It is best to start working on your test
taking strategy a week before the exam.
By combining a few more tools like speed reading, visualization,
and test strategy, you can take your grade to the next level. In
today's competitive world a few extra points and mean the difference of
getting into the schools of your choice or getting that degree.