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Studying & Test-Taking

Essential Study Skills: a guide for academic success

Studying & Test-Taking

Many new college students share that they “didn’t really study in high school”, “never learnt how to study”, or “just kind of got by”. Post-secondary education is definitely a different story! When it comes to studying, it’s important that you know what you should study, how you should study and the ideal test-taking steps. This unit can help you learn how to study more effectively, and to be more successful when you take tests or exams.

Intro to Study and Test-Taking Video

Many new college students share that they “didn’t really study in high school”, “never learnt how to study”, or “just kind of got by”. Post-secondary education is definitely a different story! When it comes to studying, it’s important that you know what you should study, how you should study and the ideal test-taking steps. This unit can help you learn how to study more effectively, and to be more successful when you take tests or exams.

Top Tips

  1. Start early.Give yourself enough time to prepare.
  2. When studying, start with what you know the least.Study the concepts you don’t know first so that you will have enough time to learn them.
  3. During an exam, start with what you know the most.Answer the questions you are confident about, then try the harder stuff.
  4. Take care of yourself.Stay healthy; eat, sleep, and exercise.

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