5 Effective Study Tips for the TASC Test
Your decision to earn your high school equivalency (HSE) is a tremendous stepping stone in your life. Congratulations!
While exciting, we understand it can be nerve-racking if it’s been awhile since you’ve hit the books to study. It’s natural to feel unsure about where to begin.
To help you get off to a good start, here are five tips to help you study more effectively for the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™:
- Write it out. Research suggests that students who write their notes by hand retain information better than those who type their notes. When taking notes, remember to:
- Keep them brief. This will help you extract the most important information.
- Put them into your own words. This will help you understand what your notes mean.
- Write exact formulas, definitions, dates, and quotes. This will help you remember concrete information.
- Use an outline or numbering system. This will help you distinguish major ideas from minor points. You can find an example of these note-taking methods at CalPoly.edu.
When your notes are complete, go a step further and rewrite them. While rewriting notes takes more time, it allows you to understand points and concepts on a deeper level, add missing details, and further organize your understanding of a particular topic.
- Study out loud. You may feel a little silly at first, but according to Psychology Today, reading notes out loud or talking yourself through a concept improves memory and helps you retain more information. Researchers call this the production effect. When you study out loud, you have knowledge of producing words and a memory of hearing them. This information makes your memory of the spoken information more distinct than information read silently.
- Test yourself. Quizzing yourself may be the best way to prepare for the big test. Once you’ve hand written your notes and reviewed them aloud, test your knowledge by:
- Using flash cards
- Teaching a friend or family member what you’ve learned
- Completing the TASC Test Readiness Assessment
How well you do on these assessments will indicate how well you know the material and how you’ll do on the actual test. For the best results, continue using these quizzing methods up until test day.
- Move around. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, studying in a different place makes it more likely you’ll remember the information. Switching up your study spot throughout the week – going from the library to the coffee shop to your kitchen table – will force your brain to form new connections with the same material. In turn, your memory of the studied information becomes stronger.
- Take a break. Research shows that regular study breaks can increase productivity and help you remain focused on the information you’re studying.
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