Test Prep Tips

Our tutors in Los Angeles report that test anxiety is incredibly common. It’s a familiar story that we have heard time and time again. “I studied the material, but when I sat down to take the test, I forgot everything!”. We understand the pressures and anxiety that comes with taking exams, so our Los Angeles tutors have put together a list of 5 test taking tips to help your student catch up, keep up and move ahead!

1. Time

Time is truly the most valuable resource you have when it comes to preparing for a test. I’m sure it comes as no secret that the more time you spend studying material, the better you’ll do on the exam. I won’t dispute that the art of “cramming” is sometimes effective and necessary, but it is not ideal for a few reasons. Usually a cram session will take place the night before the exam, which usually means you’re going to stay up late – if not all night. Fatigue will diminish your brain power and make it more difficult to remember the material you’ve studied. Secondly, you are much more likely to retain material that you took your time studying. For subjects like Algebra, Calculus and Geometry, each concept you learn will continue to be built on. For subjects like these, our Los Angeles Tutors recommend that you pay careful attention to the material so that you can easily recall it in the future, as opposed to a “brain dump” where you forget everything you learned immediately after finishing the exam.

2. Text Book Tip

Our Tutors in Los Angeles recommend that you read a chapter once all the way through. Once you are done with the chapter, take a break – whether it be for a few minutes, or a full day. Return to the chapter and go to each section title. If you can eloquently explain the concepts and material for each section title, then move on to the next section. Repeat this process until you can easily recap each section title.

3. Teach Someone Else

It may come as a surprise to some people that one of the most effective ways to retain information is to teach it to someone else. Los Angeles Tutor Ray Michelstein says “vocalizing the material will undoubtedly help your comprehension of a subject. This is why we recommend studying in a group where you can review material together, but the second best thing is to ask a friend or loved one to let you teach them the material. More than likely, they’ll have questions that will force you to think, and that will just further reinforce your new knowledge!”

4. Study In A Group

This goes hand in hand with tip #3. When studying in a group, you’ll be able to help other students understand concepts that they are having trouble with and vice versa. Being able to compare notes and discuss different interpretations of the material will also help you to understand it better.

5. Take Care Of Your Body

Taking care of yourself is absolutely crucial for test taking – and most other things for that matter. You should try and get a full 8 hours of sleep the night before your exam. Additionally, our tutors in Los Angeles recommend that you eat a substantial meal an hour or so before your exam.