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Learning Center - Study Skills

This guide reviews study skills, including effective note-taking, test-taking, and reading.


Taking tests in college can be a high-stress situation, but it does not have to be.  Tests are opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material and "show off" your understanding to your professor.


To help you prepare for taking tests, you should carefully review course syllabus, which will tell provide you with

  • how often you will be tested
  • how much of the grade will be based on tests
  • the type of test (weekly / unit / lesson or comprehensive)


Your professor will also be able to tell you the

  • kinds of questions on the exam (multiple choice/answer, short answer, essay, etc.)
  • types of questions being asked (application, analysis, case study)
  • restrictions (time constraints, open or closed notes)

Having this information will help you to build confidence when taking tests.


Here are our Keys for Success when it comes to taking tests: