Guide to Dealing with Tests

I have read Dr. Lisa Medoff’s  “Stressed Out Students’ Guide to Dealing with Tests” during my review on Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) and I want to share with you some of her tips on how to Ace any test. (I have included my tips as well.)


The What

(What they’re testing for)

  • Tests test you.
  • Test your ability to perform
  • Push you to keep on jumping hurdles
  • Keep  you moving forward towards achieving your professional and personal goals

“The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost


The Why

(Why you need to do well)

  • Tests shape your path.
  • Everyone wants a piece of the pie.
  • Everyone is competing for success.
  • LET is NOT an easy test.
  • There’s no downside to developing good study and test-taking skills NOW.

“All the top achievers I know are lifelong learners… looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing… not moving towards excellence.” –David Waitely

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The How

(How you’ll ace the LET)

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Develop a set of study skills, habits, and methods that work for you.
  • Mix and develop your own formula for success.
  • A pinch of creativity, a dash of ingenuity, and a load of hard work will turn you into a test-taking whiz.

“Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.” –Elbert Hubbard

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Study Skills Tip

  • Understanding is more important than memorizing.
  • Making sure you understand a subject also helps you retain it in memory longer.
  • Use mnemonics.
  • Use Mindmaps or advanced organizers.
  • Speed read.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison


Base of Operations

(Your study space)

When choosing a study space, consider:

  • Noise
  • Lighting
  • Distractions
  • Convenience
  • Proximity to food
  • TIP: Blue enhances your brain power. Try to study in a blue room or use blue pens for writing important formulas,etc.

“Do it now. You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.” –Unknown


Weapons of Mass Instruction

(Tools for Studying)

  • Writing utensils – colourful pen, pencils, highlighter, crayons
  • Colorful Papers – index cards, memo pads, sketchpad, etc.
  • Books, and review materials (E-books, drills, etc.)
  • Calculator
  • Timer/Clock

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” –Ben Franklin

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Study Groups (Click me for a more detailed explanation) SKIP AD after 6 seconds

  • Organize a study group but don’t let it turn into a social gathering.
  • Set up a list or outline of topics or problems to be discussed and solved together.
  • Make sure everyone is on the same wavelength.
  • Track the progress of the meeting as you give each other the boost you need.

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” –Will Rogers

Relaxed studygroup

Just Do It!

(Avoiding Procrastination)

“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” –Dawson Trotman

Easy Does It

(Study Tricks)

  • Flashcards (
  • Mnemonic Devices – King Philip Came Over For Good Sausage, SPecial CoFi, EnIS si Bruner
  • No to Cramming
  • Brain Food – Omega 3,6,9 and B vitamins, water

“I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan


Bring It

(Developing Good Test-Taking Skills)

  • Chill (Relax) – positive self-talk, affirmations, meditate
  • IDK (Guess) – not random, process of elimination, go with your gut, pick a letter and commit
  • Cover Your Butt (Check your answers) – dump carelessness
  • Tick Tock (Be aware of time limits) – 1 min per item, carry a watch with you, pace yourself
  • Fool Me Once (Identifying strength and weaknesses) – careless, hurrying, focusing on wrong things, taking notes, getting enough sleep, eating right, following own learning style, adjusting to previous assessment, learn from others’ mistakes , try the item again and again until you perfected it, do research on unfamiliar concepts.

“No man is ever whipped until he quits—in his own mind.” –Napoleon Hill

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Victory Dance!

(Rewarding yourself)

  • Juiced – Set up your own incentive system
  • Jazzed – Take time to celebrate
  • Amped – Be proud of your gains
  • Pumped – Don’t lose steam

“The journey is the reward. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.” –Chinese Proverb


You are Ready

Aim high and capture the dream!

“If your dreams do not scare you, your dreams are not big enough!” –  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Bring your A-Game.

“Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” – Samuel Johnson

Be optimistic.

“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah

Your best is good enough.

“When you’re prepared, you’re confident. When you have a strategy, you’re more comfortable.” – Fred Couples

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For more Study and Organizing Tips, click the links below:

Tip 1

Tip 2

Tip 3

Credits to: Teacher Neph


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