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Three Times More Effective Than Rereading Or Highlighting!


Three times more effective study technique than rereading or highlighting.

Your motivation and self-discipline are key for achieving academic goals in high school. But what study habit is the strongest predictor of success? What study technique is around three times more effective than rereading or highlighting? What study habit, the more it’s used, increases your likely grade step-by-step?


It’s taking practice exams under exam conditions. You might not like them but, they are a great way to for you to assess your progress and help you can focus on the stuff you haven’t yet mastered and prepare yourself for taking the exam.


You Pass Exams Not Knowledge

Knowledge is great, but you pass exams not, knowledge. Exams are a way to show the examiner your knowledge or ability in a particular subject, in the ways the examiner has specified.

From my own experience, I narrowly failed a marketing exam and asked for my answers to be reassessed. The feedback was that I very clearly had the knowledge of the subject but that I did not answer questions in the required format. My preparation was flawed because I focussed only on cementing knowledge. If I had taken practice exams, I’m confident that I would not have failed the exam.

Taking practice exams is around three times more effective than rereading or highlighting as preparation for an exam<>. Tests force your brain to recall information and apply knowledge in the way the examiner needs it to mark it.

So where to start?


Getting Practice Exam Papers

Each education board publishes past exam papers (just search it up). Some other organisations and businesses sell practice exam papers. Asking for guidance from your teacher is a good first step.



How Many Practice Exams Should I Take?

It’s not an easy question to answer because everyone is different. It has been proven that the more practice exams a student does their grades improve, step-by-step. This is about working smarter, not just harder.


Make practice exams key a component of your study plan.

How Can I Have My Practice Paper Marked?

The simplest step is to ask your school and teachers for help. They want you to be successful so, don’t be afraid to ask. When you ask for help make sure you ask not just for the marks but some constructive feedback on what you’ve written so that you can focus on closing gaps in knowledge and how to answer questions.



Not Convinced?

Over the years it has been proven on numerous occasions that students who use practice tests get better grades than those who don’t. What about high school students? Elevate Education have crunched the numbers of thousands of high school students in Australia, the UK, South Africa and the USA. Their analysis provides strong evidence that taking a number of practice exams means better grades. Check out this video by Elevate Education to see them talk about their findings.

You can improve your results and reduce your exam stress by using a good study plan. A timetable helps you become more organised and accountable for your results. A good study plan balances your study and life using proven learning science techniques to help you study efficiently. You can easily, create your personalised high school study timetable @ www.eggion.com.

Thoughts?

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You can improve your results and reduce your exam stress by using a good study plan. A timetable helps you become more organised and accountable for your results. A good study plan balances your study and life using proven learning science techniques to help you study efficiently. You can easily, create your personalised high school study timetable @ www.eggion.com.


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Reference Sources Department of Education and Training – State of Victoria, 2017, High Impact Teaching Strategies - Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Dunlosky J., 2013, Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning, By, American Educator, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2013, AFT

Snooks, M., 2004, Using practice tests on a regular basis to improve student learning, New Directions for Teaching and Learning 2004(100):109 - 113

Elevate Education, What do top students do differently? 2013, TEDxYouth@Tallinn, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na8m4GPqA30

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