Skills for Student Success: Triumphant Test Taking

The purpose of a test is to see how well a student has mastered (YES, MASTERED) the course material. Mastery of material begins NOT the night before the test, but the first day of class, and continues as you work through every assignment given by your instructors. Mastery of material is more than half the battle of triumphant test taking. But there are some other good strategies that can help you as well--overcoming anxiety and understanding how to address different types of questions will help you make sure you provide your instructor with the evidence that you are mastering the course material. This student skills brochure will give you some good tips for overcoming test-anxiety and making sure you provide the best answers you can on various types of test questions. Check it out!

What Must Happen for Studying to Be Effective? How Can Test Taking Anxiety Be Reduced?

Studying, note taking, and test taking are basic student skills.  Though there may be several methods to study or to take notes for you, the student, to choose from, those methods are ineffective if they are not contributing to long-term retention of information and deeper understanding of concepts. 

These 6 short videos will be "aha!" moments that will help you understand what needs to happen during your study time, how to make your studying most effective, and how to effectively prepare for a test in a way that will also reduce your anxiety!

Test Taking Tips


Do you suffer from test taking anxiety?  Do you study and study but then blank out when the test is in front of you?  Do you get nervous and anxious before tests?  Here are two articles to help you deal with test anxiety and hopefully improve your grades!  Reducing Test Taking Anxiety and More on Test Anxiety


It is much better to plan ahead, study in small increments over an extended period of time, and review before you take a test, but when you have to cram, it is good to know how.

This is a six step guide to effective cramming


Link to "Effective Cramming"