Hi students: Wow, big question! You are thinking, I have had some problems before with tests and I am not feeling so good about all that. What can I do differently to get that turned around?
a) Get a planner and write in the days and times of your upcoming classes/test.
b) When will you study?????? On the average, most students can do two hours per day. On the planner (yes!) make a date with yourself and schedule that study time.
c) How many days? Very few students want to study seven days a week. How about four or five days? Figure out which days of the week those will be for you and write that in your planner.
d) Have a 'study place' that is free from distractions (TV, computer, cell phone, cat, dog, brothers, sisters, etc.) and make this your place to study. Also, it should not be your bed (that's for sleeping!)
e) Lastly, you already know which sections will be difficult. Now is the time to reach out and find a tutor. Find someone who is good in that specific field. Determine if you are comfortable with that tutor; if not, change and find someone new. Schedule a regular 'check in time' each week for 30 to 60 mins. You think, wow, that is so much money! Consider this, how much money will you spend if you have to retake the class/test? Also, how will your GPA be affected if you get a low grade in this class? Think of it as an investment in your education and yourself.
Final word; set a goal for yourself. How about at the very least, a passing grade. How about higher than than? Don't feel badly if you need some help to accomplish this goal; remember, not everyone is good at everything. We all need some help along the way. Hey, my students help me with computer functions all the time. Later!
Courtney W., MA