2H-How to get A’s, Master the BIG 3 & the Star Wars Method

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As stated previously, time management is the key to success, and exam preparation is why you are managing your time. If you want to do well on an test, always ask the teacher, or professor, what type of test, or quiz it will be. Next master the BIG 3.

REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW

    1. How? Review your flashcards every day. Use the 15/15/15 review strategy. Also, have a separate review day for all flashcards, and review them up and until the exam is placed upon your desk. Right before the exam begins, put your flashcards away as instructed by your teacher, or professor. Reviewing up and until the last minute helps keep the information fresh in your brain.
    2. Utilize YOUTUBE, watch a video, or two, on the materials prior to the test, or quiz.
    3. Once the test is on your desk. If there are things you think you might forget, then write them down immediately on the back, or on the side of the exam. If you are allowed to have scrap paper, write as much as you can about what you want to remember down on the scrap paper.

No matter what type of test or quiz it is, you must read the instructions first. Second, find the question to be answered, then read the question carefully. Make sure that you completely understand what you are being asked before writing anything, or filling in any blanks.

WHAT TYPES OF TESTS WILL YOU SEE IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE?

The first type is, the Essay exam, and there two types, Open Ended and Closed Ended. However they both require that you use the STAR WARS METHOD:

  • Open Ended. For example, if the question says, tell me what you know Coors Light? You have to tell the teacher 4-5 things about that beer, use the Star Wars Method.
  • Closed Ended. Questions that have a long, medium, or short fact pattern, with the question about the fact pattern. Always read the instructions first, and only answer the question being asked. ORGANIZE your thoughts, then write…Star Wars Method.

Find a sample test, and use your flashcards to answer those questions. Or, create true-false questions of your own and answer them using your flashcards. First, when you get the exam, read the instructions. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The third type is, Matching:

Find a sample test, and use your flashcards to answer the questions. Or, create matching questions of your own and answer them using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The fourth type is, Multiple-Choice:

Find a sample test, and take it using your flashcards. Or, create your own and answer the test using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.Third, eliminate the answers that are obviously wrong.

The fifth type is, Fill-in the blank:

Find a sample test, and take it using your flashcards. Or, create your own and answer the test using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The sixth, and last type are, Open Book exams:

Prepare for open book tests just like you would an essay exam. Know as much as you can. Make sure that you have read the book, article, or journal. These exams are not to be taken lightly. If you have not read the material, and then expect to do well, you are gambling with your grade.

NEVER cram for an exam. Make it a goal to have all flashcards done 24 hours in advance of an exam. For example, if there is a Math test in on March 15 at 10 am, then your flashcards for that class should be done by March 14 at 10 am. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Make sleep a priority, and time management a priority, and academic success will come. Avoid the abuse of alcohol and drugs. If you have a problem, contact a counselor immediately. They are glad to help. If you need mental health, or emotional health support, call student services immediately. They will be more than happy to help you.

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