Passing the Most Difficult College Test
Everybody has been there. That evil college class the name of which you don’t even want to pronounce because it scares you to death. Having spent so much time studying to keep your GPA at the highest level, you now worry one test might spoil the overall picture. No wonder that preparation for this class is of particular importance to you, which makes the process even more stressful and depressing.
Don’t panic! We know the way out. The following tips and tricks will help you overcome your fears and do your best even at the most difficult test.
Believe in yourself. Aim for nothing other than “A”
A hard course will surely require much effort to get a good grade. This will entail a lot more work than all the other classes. You need to focus and dedicate much effort to doing all the assigned coursework (and, possibly complete some additional tasks). If you think that it’s too much for a single course, remember that in case of a failure, you will have to take it again the next year. This will be more stressful because the fear of failing will grow bigger. So, try to do everything as soon as it is assigned, and do your best not to procrastinate.
Do not ignore the lectures’ schedule
Do read all the assigned chapters PRIOR to the lectures. Reading the new concepts and theories before the class and having them explained by the professor is better than hearing them for the first time in class and trying to make some sense of it all. Meanwhile, the professor will also see the effort you are putting in, and will most likely give you a hand when needed.
Always write notes
It has to be done not only during the lecture but also after it. During the class you might want to take shorter notes, which you can expand later. Don’t hesitate to write down the remarks given by the professor as additional comments (which might not be in the book). When jotting everything down, you actually pronounce it silently in your head, so, essentially, you are reading the notes twice, as a famous proverb says.
Diversify your knowledge sources
In the modern world, studying using one source of information is plain wrong if you want to do a good job at the test. College exams are never easy, and this particular one is the hardest of them all (or at least it seems so). Use various types of research and articles, YouTube videos, encyclopedias – everything you can get your hands on.
Turn learned theory into practice as soon as possible
The best way to learn something new is to turn theory into practice. Don’t just read textbooks and notes; rather, use the knowledge you’ve acquired. Go over previous exams or quizzes. Who knows, you might even encounter some of the questions on the exams as well. In other words, if you study and work a lot, you will get lucky, so don’t miss your chance!