Welcome to the new semester. I discuss some of my best tips for taking quizzes as a college student in this episode. I've also included a 5-day study schedule for you to use so that you can prepare for your test with confidence.
You should have documented in your agenda before you began the semester any assignments, quizzes, readings, and tests, so this quiz shouldn't surprise you. You will be able to plan your studies more effectively if you document all of the assignments ahead of time. Grab the future teacher planner here.
Cramming doesn't work, so let's not do it. In addition to knowing when the quiz is, you should also know what will be covered. To prepare for the quiz, you need to know what will be on it. Additionally, don't simply flip through the pages and go through the motions of reading. There have been times when I have read, but not really read. I was just going through the motions. Read the content carefully and minimize distractions.
What's on the quiz?
It's important to not only know when the quiz is but also what is going to be covered. You need to know what is going to be on the quiz so you can study the content. You might even want to know the format of the quiz too.
Next, don't go through the motions of reading and flip through the pages. I know there have been times when I was reading, but I wasn't really reading. I was going through the motions. Really read the content - take notes and minimize your distractions.
While reading, note the following information:
Definitions and vocabulary
Main points under each section of your text
Taking notes while you read allows you to digest the content more effectively.
As you read the chapter summary, you will be able to identify the key points and ideas that you should take away from it. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you read the summary:
Have you understood these main points?
Could you explain them to a friend in a way that makes sense?
What are some examples of the main points?
After you read the chapter, answer the questions. Chapters typically include questions for you to answer and reflect upon. List the questions in your notebook and answer them. Take note of any questions you don't understand, and ask your professor about them.
Consider making a space in your notebook for questions you have while studying. Keep track of your questions while you study, or you can ask your professor during office hours, before class, or via email.
My college textbooks came with a CD of additional resources. Probably your textbook comes with an online portal with additional resources. This could include links to additional resources, video tutorials, or video examples of the content discussed in the chapter or a study guide. You may find it helpful to review this additional content.
Watch recorded lectures
If you can watch the recordings of the lectures again. Rewatching lectures will help you connect your readings, notes, and handouts. Additionally, you might learn something new that you missed or gain new perspectives on the topic. You can also pause and rewind as needed.
Organize all of the class materials you received. Gather any handouts, presentations, PDFs, video links, etc. you received in class. In addition, compile your class notes. Be prepared for the quiz by reviewing the related materials.
5-day study schedule
A 5-day quiz study schedule can help you plan accordingly so you study a little at a time and you don't cram for the test. Grab the 5 day quiz schedule here .
On Day 1, read the chapter and take notes. Gather all the materials you received from the class to help you study.
Day 2 - Review your notes for terms, vocabulary, key dates, and main ideas. Read the summary of the chapter. Create flashcards to help you remember the keywords from the chapter.
On Day 3, answer the chapter's questions. Review any additional resources you found online.
On Day 4, watch the recordings of lectures to make connections. Meeting with the professor to discuss any questions we have as we study, clarify any questions, etc. Reviewing content with a study group. No cramming.
Quiz on Day 5. You already studied hard during the week, so resist the urge to study hard on this day. Instead, browse your notes.
If you take a quiz, remember that learning is not always reflected in your grade. It's not about the grade, it's about the learning opportunity. If you didn't do as well as you thought on the quiz, reflect upon what you did well and what you didn't do well. Consult with your professor as needed. Use quiz and test opportunities as a learning opportunity. You can do it!