The Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Online Students

For students who are enrolled in online classes, taking an exam or test can sometimes be a difficult task. From studying to making sure you have all of the appropriate materials, trying to get a good grade might feel like the last thing on your list. But if you need a little help on how to successfully pass the test, here are 10 tips on being a successful test-taker.

1.  Come up with a strategy. A couple weeks before the exam, remember to ask your instructor what the test will be over. It is also important to make sure you know what materials you can use on the test. When you study for the exam, set up a list of the content that will be on the exam and circle the areas that might need a little more study time.

2.  Make sure your glass is half full. Having a positive attitude is just as important as knowing your material, and it goes a long way towards success. Like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

3.  Test Day Eve. The idea of chugging down Red Bulls for an all-nighter and shoving as much information into your brain the night before a test isn’t the best idea. You should just do a quick review of the material and go to bed early. Your brain and body need sleep to function efficiently, so keep the energy drinks in the fridge.

4.  Pre-game warm-ups. It has been proven that people think and perform better on a full stomach. So it is vital that you don’t skip breakfast and get enough to eat the morning of the exam. Once you eat, try and do a quick study session before the test so your brain is in test-taking mode.

5.  Showtime. Before you begin your test, make sure you have all the materials you need. Don’t forget to read each question and instruction carefully, you want to make sure all your answers are completed correctly.

6.  Manage your time effectively. If the exam allows, scan through the questions before you start the test. Then go back and answer the easy questions first; it is a great time saver and an excellent confidence builder. Remember, stay positive!

7.  If at first you don’t succeed, come back to it later. There will always be a few answers that will cause you some trouble, but try not to get worried or frustrated. Reread those questions to make sure you understand them, and then try to solve it to the best of your ability. If you’re still stuck, write down the question number and move on; you can come back to it later.

8.  Multiple Choice Questions. When trying to answer those ever so tricky multiple choice questions, the process of elimination can always help you choose the correct answer. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

9.  Don’t forget to spell check. When you have to write an essay or short answer, make sure you are using proper punctuation and grammar. Review all of your answers for spelling errors as well, the spell-check doesn’t always catch everything.

10.  Be the tortoise, not the hare. John Wooden always says, “be quick, but don’t hurry.” And his insights translate very well from the basketball court to the classroom. If you rush through the exam, you’re more likely to make mistakes; many of which can easily be avoided. Once you finish your test, check the clock and review each of your answers. If time allows, go over the hardest problems before submitting your test.

And there you have it. Just follow these helpful tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a test-taking champ!


~ by pinnaclepov2224 on February 9, 2010.

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