Learning Strategies: GED Test Prep
Once you have created an effective learning environment and a detailed study plan, you can begin to review the material that will be tested on the GED. But how can you remember all that you need to know? This article reviews several key learning strategies, including effective note-taking, outlining, and memory techniques.
How successful you are at studying usually has less to do with how much you know and how much you study than with how you study. That's because some study techniques are much more effective than others. You can spend hours and hours doing practice tests, but if you don't carefully review your answers, much of your time will be wasted. You need to learn from your mistakes and study what you don't know. The best method is to use several of the following proven study techniques. They can help you make the most of your learning style and store information in your long-term memory.
Asking questions is a powerful study strategy because it forces you to get actively involved in the material you want to learn. That, in turn, will help you better understand and remember the material. And there's another important benefit—asking and answering your own questions will help you be comfortable with the format of the exam.
For example, when you are reading a short story, you can ask yourself questions like those you might see on the GED, such as:
- What is the theme of the story?
- What is the narrator's attitude toward her mother?
- Why is the setting important?
- Which adjective best describes the narrator?
- What is the narrator's main motivation for her actions?
- What is the significance of the empty basket?
- What is the narrator's relationship to the woman in the window?
Similarly, if you are analyzing a diagram of the human ear, you can ask:
- What is immediately below the auditory tube?
- What is the scientific name of the ear drum?
- Where is the incus located?
- What parts of the ear must a sound wave travel through to get to the pharynx?
- How many bones are in the middle ear cavity?
Of course, you may not be able to answer all of your questions right away. You may need to do some extra work to find the answer.
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