Monday, October 16, 2017

What You Can Do to Improve Your Test Scores

Sally Lindsey
The “wing-it” mentality is one that can be damaging to your academic success as a college student, and I would say that I’m guilty of it. It seems like I can devote time to everything but studying, which doesn’t always work in my favor. Instead of following my example, you should follow the example of someone like Sally Lindsey, who revisits her notes often. As an example, Sally says, “Before I took my philosophy midterm, I would go into my notes and write over them with new information.” It’s a good idea to study for your exams, but you should also be aware of what material will be on them. “Check in with your teacher, email them, and figure out what you need to study,” says Betty Mandeville, an English professor here at Vol State, “Don’t waste time studying material you don’t have to.” Also remember to use campus resources such as the Learning Commons, Language Center, and Tutor.com to help if there’s something that you don’t understand.
Betty Mandeville
Along with studying, you should try to get a good night’s sleep. Findings at the UCLA suggest that cramming isn’t helpful, and that a bit more sleep can net you a better score on your tests. Andrew Fuligni, UCLA professor of psychiatry, reports that “an adequate amount of sleep is also critical for academic success. These results are consistent with emerging research suggesting that sleep deprivation impedes learning” (http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/cramming-for-a-test-don-t-do-it-237733). It can be difficult to try and strike that balance of sleeping and studying, but it can be done. Look at your schedule and devote enough time to studying and resting. Cut out distractions like TV or your phone when you work so you can stay focused and use your time better. Get in bed at a specific time and try to wind down before doing so.

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