Preparation for Student Success on Assessments

There are many ways to study, but some of the most effective techniques require active involvement with the subject, for instance, rewriting or verbally explaining topics to someone else.

Other strategies include:

  • Explaining course concepts to someone else
  • Reading slowly and carefully
  • Reading the material out loud
  • Rereading sections
  • Paraphrasing what you have studied
  • Looking up unfamiliar words
  • Discussing what you have studied with a friend
  • Trying to minimize distractions
  • Highlighting or reviewing topic sentences
  • Creating flip charts
  • Creating flash cards
  • Creating a T-chart
  • Looking for context clues
  • Using pneumonics
  • Using creative devices
  • Writing notes and questions
  • Reading chapter reviews and summaries
  • Using graphic organizers
  • Changing the order for what you study

METHODS TO HELP RELIEVE ANXIETY
Physical Relaxation:
  • Sharpen your pencil
  • Tense and relax your muscles
  • Roll your neck and shrug your shoulders
  • Stretch your body, get your blood moving by running on the spot
  • Take a few deep, slow breaths
  • Chew some gum

Mental Relaxation:
  • Close your eyes and picture a safe relaxing environment
  • Put down your pencil and try to regroup your thoughts
  • Try to picture your notes or text
  • Look around the room to calm your nerves of find clues in the classroom
  • Reinforce your positive attitude
  • Remind yourself that this is only a test

PREPARING YOURSELF PHYSICALLY FOR THE TEST
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Keep yourself physically active
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Plan study time wisely so you don’t have to cram before the test

THE TEST
Taking the test:
  • Be early for the exam with any necessary materials
  • Read the directions twice
  • Make sure you read the entire test
  • Organize your time wisely
  • Remember the strategies learned regarding test formats
  • Take your time
  • Ask questions (as many as you need) if you need clarification
  • If you begin to feel anxious, use relaxation techniques

After you have finished the test:
  • Is your paper labeled
  • Recheck the test
  • Make sure answers are written neatly
  • Reflect on your process to figure out what worked and what did not work

ALBERTA LEARNING RESOURCES
  • Click here for diploma exam preparation guides for students, and sample assessments.
  • Click here to complete practice diploma (Grade 12) and provincial achievement exams (Grades 6 & 9) for all subjects.

Studying

Preparation for Student Success on Assessments

There are many ways to study, but some of the most effective techniques require active involvement with the subject, for instance, rewriting or verbally explaining topics to someone else.

Other strategies include:

  • Explaining course concepts to someone else
  • Reading slowly and carefully
  • Reading the material out loud
  • Rereading sections
  • Paraphrasing what you have studied
  • Looking up unfamiliar words
  • Discussing what you have studied with a friend
  • Trying to minimize distractions
  • Highlighting or reviewing topic sentences
  • Creating flip charts
  • Creating flash cards
  • Creating a T-chart
  • Looking for context clues
  • Using pneumonics
  • Using creative devices
  • Writing notes and questions
  • Reading chapter reviews and summaries
  • Using graphic organizers
  • Changing the order for what you study

METHODS TO HELP RELIEVE ANXIETY
Physical Relaxation:
  • Sharpen your pencil
  • Tense and relax your muscles
  • Roll your neck and shrug your shoulders
  • Stretch your body, get your blood moving by running on the spot
  • Take a few deep, slow breaths
  • Chew some gum

Mental Relaxation:
  • Close your eyes and picture a safe relaxing environment
  • Put down your pencil and try to regroup your thoughts
  • Try to picture your notes or text
  • Look around the room to calm your nerves of find clues in the classroom
  • Reinforce your positive attitude
  • Remind yourself that this is only a test

PREPARING YOURSELF PHYSICALLY FOR THE TEST
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Keep yourself physically active
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Plan study time wisely so you don’t have to cram before the test

THE TEST
Taking the test:
  • Be early for the exam with any necessary materials
  • Read the directions twice
  • Make sure you read the entire test
  • Organize your time wisely
  • Remember the strategies learned regarding test formats
  • Take your time
  • Ask questions (as many as you need) if you need clarification
  • If you begin to feel anxious, use relaxation techniques

After you have finished the test:
  • Is your paper labeled
  • Recheck the test
  • Make sure answers are written neatly
  • Reflect on your process to figure out what worked and what did not work

ALBERTA LEARNING RESOURCES
  • Click here for diploma exam preparation guides for students, and sample assessments.
  • Click here to complete practice diploma (Grade 12) and provincial achievement exams (Grades 6 & 9) for all subjects.

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