Study Skills: GED Test Prep
How much time you spend studying each week is important. But how you study is the key to your success. This article shows you how to set up an effective learning environment, determine your learning style, and create an effective study plan.
Maybe it's been a while since you last studied for an exam, or maybe you have never had to prepare for standardized tests like the GED. In any case, you may be unsure about the best way to get ready for these important exams. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can help you learn and remember the material you need to know to succeed on the GED. There are several important steps to take before you begin to study.
Environment and Attitude
To study means "to give one's attention to learning a subject; to look at with careful attention."Notice that the word attention comes up twice in this definition. To study well, you need to be able to focus all your attention on the material. So, the first step is to make sure you have the right kind of learning environment and attitude.
The Right Mood
Studying can bring wonderful rewards. You can gain new knowledge. You can do well on tests—like the GED—that enable you to achieve your academic and professional goals. But it can still be difficult to get in the mood to study. After all, studying can be hard work, and you might be worried about whether you will pass the exam. You may have many other things you would rather do, or you might just have trouble getting started. These are all reasons that may lead you to procrastinate and put off work that you need to do. But procrastinating can cause lots of trouble at test time. If you procrastinate too much or for too long, you won't be prepared for the exams.
One of the best ways to beat procrastination is to use a reward system. Everyone likes to be rewarded for a job well done, and if there's going to be a reward at the end of the work, it's easier to get started. So promise yourself a small reward for each study session. For example, you might promise yourself a trip to the gym or a phone call to a good friend as a reward for an hour of study. You might promise to treat yourself to a movie after you finish a chapter or give yourself a nutritious snack after you finish a difficult lesson. You can also think about the reward you will give yourself when you pass the GED. Make sure this reward is a big one!
You can also get in the mood for studying by thinking about the short- and long-term rewards you will receive for your hard work. Keep in mind the benefits you will receive from your GED study time:
- You will gain or reinforce important knowledge and skills in five fundamental subject areas.
- You will be able to apply to U.S. colleges and universities.
- You will be eligible for jobs and training programs that require a high school diploma.
- You will get the education you need for a successful future.
Remember that while you are preparing for the GED, your attitude is very important. It can dramatically affect how much you learn and how well you learn it. Make sure that you have a positive attitude. You will study, you will learn, and you will do well. Your study time will be time well spent.
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