when i study my math i study hard and i can understand it well but the moment i go to take a test i cant remember how to work out a problem or how to do the problem. my mind goes blank.do u have any ways of helping me fix that.
Sometimes you might just blank out for a few moments when you read a question, if that doesn't panic you and you take time to realize that you have studied the material and it is somewhere in your brain, you may find the answers you seek.
Some students have learning disabilities that can be overcome. I once had a student come and talk to me...as suggested by one of the previous answers, "Talk to the teacher." This was at a good college. The student said she was studying. I truly did not believe her but learned to give people the benefit of the doubt. I asked her to bring me her notebook and anything else she used to study and show me how she studied. She did. I was really stumped because this student had studied likely more than any student I'd had before or since. She had a great notebook, study cards, pictures, memory devices...You name it, she had it. As a result, I had no idea what to suggest to her. She was doing everything possible it seemed. I sent her to the academic center on campus and they tested her learning ability. Certain difficulties showed up. They showed her one or two tricks specific to her inability to process newly learned information. That took about an hour all together. She went from F's to A's in all her college classes. She thanked me...but, I just sent her to the professionals. It sounds like you might have a problem processing data like this student did. Based on that student's experience, you can likely resolve your study difficulties quickly with professional help. See if your previous elementary/high school/college has someone trained in testing about learning.
Are you learning at a simple level...for example, you can define words, or spit back a formula? Can you put the definition in your own words, or list places the formula can be used? Can you create ways to remember the material? Can you solve problems (here I don't mean math problems, but, rather, real-world problems) with what you learned? Try to use what you have learned at many levels. Summarize it. Paraphrase it. Expand it. See if it fits with any news in today's newspaper. Synthesize new ways to use the material. Think about what you are learning at deeper and deeper levels. Eventually this will be done quickly, but, at first, it takes time.
Another idea comes to me... When I was in grade school, we had a hundred math problems for homework every night. Today, people often have between 0 and 5. There is something to practice makes perfect. Try doing more problems. Take some practice tests, too.
Make study guides for each question on a practice test. Put together a little booklet from a couple sheets of blank paper. Scrap paper is ok. Make each page after the first about 1/2 inch longer. On the first page, put the practice question. On the next page tab at the bottom, put, "vocabulary." Then, list any words you don't know from the question and all the answers and define them on that page. Use more than one page if you need to but if you need more pages, keep them the same length. Then on the next half inch tab write out one answer. Put one answer on each of the remaining tabs except the last. On each page, explain what that response means and if it makes sense or not and why. On the last tab write the answer that is the correct answer. Again, do one booklet for each question on a practice ASVAB. If it seems to help, do another set for another practice exam. Before long, you will likely be able to get the correct answers without going through all of this. You can study from these booklets. You can get hints for what to put as explanations from various study sources you use, but, be sure to put the explanations in your own words, and, cite the sources. Many students found these types of study guides really helped. Their preparation is another way to study.
Put the answers and problem solving steps both in numbers and in words... even in two or three languages Write out what you do to solve the problems in words and numbers.
Use common sense and don't hurry. Double check your answers.
And, yes, another thought...eat well and healthily, both before studying and before the test. Don't study on sugar overloads, or, if you are hungry. Grab and apple or some raw nuts. Eat balanced meals. Drink water. Your brain needs nourishment to work well.
Relax. Meditate or pray. Know that you have studied well and don't panic. If you blank out, take a minute, breath deeply, regain your confidence and proceed. Work on another problem first if you blank out on one. Just skip it and come back to it. Also, remember, in math, the answers will make sense. Have fun with them. Enjoy the test as a game.
Good luck. I am sure you will do well. Your question will help many other students, too. Thank you for sharing it here with us.
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