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How to Study for Exams

How to Rock the Math Exam
Hee Chang
Sierra College, Grass Valley, CA

When it comes to math tests, everybody has test anxiety. I am no different. What I found the most important thing to do well on math exams is to practice a lot. Even if we think we know all the formula and get the knack, but if we see the test in front of us, we think it's totally different from what we learned. We need to understand the formula because without understanding the formula, the formula itself is just something consists of a bunch of variables and constants.

Next step is to memorize the formula and apply the formula on the exact problems. If we think it is still vague, then we need to go ahead and try similar examples. If there is a pattern of making the same mistakes, which is pretty common, we need to write down the mistakes on note card and to make a mental note as well. In this case, do's and don'ts are important to remember! If practice exams are available, it is the best way to practice for the real exam.

Also, it is a great idea to figure out what my learning style is. Everybody is different. Everybody has different preferences when learning something new and storing the information. I found something useful when I took the learning styles quiz on http://www.personal.psu.edu/bxb11/LSI/LSI.htm regarding how to do well on the test. If somebody is a visual learner, which happens to a large number of students, he or she needs to look at all the study materials. For example, use charts, maps, filmstrips, notes and flashcards. Visual learners need to practice visualizing or picturing words/concepts in their head. Also it is helpful to write out everything for frequent and quick visual review.

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Takumi Furukawa, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Round Rock Tx

It is good to make sure what I should do before some tests and daily things. I think I should try to practice math questions every day. Also, I should sleep well.

Acing Math Tests Made Simple
Veo Kearns, College Sophomore
Sierra College, Grass Valley, CA

This is a very simple to follow, yet comprehensive set of rules designed for studying for math tests. There are some general testing tips that work well for nearly any coursework: do not wait until the night before the exam to study, get a good night's sleep, and practice makes perfect.

There are also some important concepts to consider and very helpful practices to put into place.There are several significant things to actively work on while preparing for a test. Make sure you have a list of and are studying the key concepts and formulas for the particular section. Keep an eye out for key words or parts of problems in your homework and in-class examples that direct you towards a specific solution. These are things you can quickly identify on the test, before you begin to work the problems.

And finally, most importantly, take the practice tests seriously and take them multiple times. Do this just as you would the actual exam, sans notes or your text. This will not only isolate any problem areas for you to work on, but also reinforce by practice.


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