Top tricks to ace your tests

The key to a great grade card is to do smart work and here’s how!


Students have time to time faced issues with good marks even after slogging day in and day out on their education. The reason is not as simple as mugging up, but instead on the generation of retention capacity of the brain. Unless and until you can learn how to add knowledge to your existing knowledge base, the points on your grade card will remain stagnant. Here are a few tricks to help you out.


The first reading

Yes, you would want to learn thoroughly and reading isn’t the only way to go. But the initial reading of a chapter or concept is essential to give you a glimpse of what content lies within. Give the concept or chapter or lecture an initial reading and then follow the next step.


Note down the questions

Now check the common questions, terms, concepts that you didn’t understand while reading. Take a piece of paper and write down the questions and now look for the answers. You can refer to a textbook, the internet or any other material which can answer these questions.


The second reading

This time when you review the chapter or concept mindfully note down the questions that arise. See if your concepts have been cleared in the last review and repeat the process of researching answers to these questions.


The Q& A sheet

Making a Q& A sheet will help before you try to address the exercises or assignments later on. Take a sheet of paper and fold it centrally along the length, which will make the paper seem bi fold. Now on the left side of the central fold write down one-liner questions from the chapter that you think is necessary. For example, define the term, give examples, et cetera. On the right-hand side of the page, write down the answers. These will be your on the go notes for revision.


Solve the questions in the exercise

If you have similar test papers of questions at the back of each chapter, go ahead and solve those first. This will give you a basic idea of the questions. You can choose to write it down on your own or refer to the book when you get stuck.


Back to the book

Now refer to the book and see which ones you got right, and where you went wrong. This will help you understand your weak points. If you have a whiteboard, use it. When you read a concept from the chapter, try to recall and write it down on the board. Now review the next concept and repeat the process. This will help maximize your retention power.

Debapriya Chakraborty

Author is an aspiring creative writer, food-buff and bookworm. Loves to travel, bunks in lesser known bnbs and loves her chai more than anything else. She adds her two cents to every idea and has been a scriber for more than a decade now!
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