test-taking tips

Tips for College Students: How to Answer Common Exam Questions

Many students feel that one reason they are not top students is that they are poor test takers. These students may not realize that an understanding of different types of test questions can help them create successful test taking strategies. In addition to study skills that help students learn the course material, we need to help our students to demonstrate what they know when they take an exam. What test taking tips will benefit your students?

Types of exam questions

The University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence explained “Exam questions: types, characteristics, and suggestions.” Generally speaking, there are two Read More…

Tips for Students: Solving Multiple Choice Exam Questions

Each of your students will discover his or her own strengths and challenges throughout the semester. This rings especially true during midterms and finals. Many students today identify as “poor test takers.” But with a little guidance, any student can improve their instincts and arrive more prepared to excel. Share these tips with your students for mastering  multiple choice questions.


Multiple choice exams present a whole different set of challenges than, for example, a long-form exam. As such, studying for a multiple choice exam may even call for a slightly varied study method. There are likely to be far more Read More…

Tips for Students: How to Make it Through Finals

The second half of fall term tends to go by in a whirlwind. From turn-in dates to study schedules, there’s so much to keep track of. Share these helpful hints with your students for remaining confident and hanging on all the way through their final exams.

Try to stay calm

Author Chelsie McDonald’s article, “10 do’s and don’ts of finals week for college students” on the CengageBrain blog suggests: Stressing yourself out is not going to help. If you are getting frustrated or overwhelmed, step away from the situation for a moment to clear your head. Take a coffee or tea break, Read More…

Answering Test Questions: Three Essential Strategies

As the term comes nearer and nearer to its completion, students become more and more concerned about final exams.

Of course, if students want to successfully complete their final exams, they must invest ample time in preparing and studying for them. However, the manner in which they take those exams can also have a bearing on their performance during the examination period.

Below, we’ve shared three student success strategies for completing exams with confidence and competence, as summarized from Linda Wong’s Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition. Share them with your students before you administer your final exam.

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Hints to Help Your Students Prepare for Final Exams

Although the close of the term may still be a few weeks away, it’s not too early for students to begin considering how they might prepare for final exams. By getting a head start on planning out their study strategies, students can avoid much of the last-minute pressure they feel when they put off studying until the last minute… and, as a result, they can enter into final-exam time with greater confidence.

Eight things students should know before studying for their final exams

The following questions, based on material in Practicing College Learning Strategies, Seventh Edition by Carolyn H. Hopper, can help students develop their approach to preparing Read More…

Test-Taking Tips from Top Students

From choosing what and when to study in preparation for an exam, to determining their strategy for taking the test itself, a college student needs to give a great deal of consideration to the steps he or she will take in order to achieve success.

If your students are seeking some advice on successful test-taking habits, they may find it helpful to hear about the strategies that have helped their peers succeed. In the video below, attendees of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa NerdNation convention discuss their own test-taking tips. Listen to their practical and proven suggestions, and share them with your students!
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Tips for Students: Reviewing with a Partner Before an Exam

When you’re down to the wire in the final moments before an exam, every second is valuable. After many hours or days of studying, students must decide how to quickly refresh their memory before the exam. Should they review keywords in the textbook? Fire questions at the instructor? To begin, we asked college students, “If you had ten minutes to review before an exam, how would you spend your time?” Share these hints for reviewing before an exam with your students.

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According to Students: Biggest College Exam Challenge

With midterms in the air and final exams right around the corner, students may need a little extra help prepping for examinations. After more than a decade of school exams, many college students know the question types that they favor as well as those that give them trouble. We recently asked college students, “Which [of the following] types of midterm questions do you have the most trouble with?” Find out what college students say is the most challenging type of examination question and some tips for preparing them. Read More…

Three Activities to Help Students Reduce Their Test Anxiety

For many students, test-taking time is accompanied by great levels of anxiety. Though some may never walk into an exam 100% stress free, students can adopt study and test-preparation skills that enable them to face the time with greater confidence. Would you like to help students increase their levels of confidence and achievement? These activities, drawn from a variety of sources, will get students talking about study and test-taking strategies that have proven successful for them. As they glean ideas from one another—and put those strategies into practice—they’ll reduce their level of test anxiety and therefore feel more confident Read More…

Tips for Taking Online Exams

For some students, taking an online exam is a new and somewhat bewildering experience. They don’t know what to expect, and aren’t certain of the skills and strategies that will enable them to perform at their best. On a good note, many of the steps they’d take to complete an online exam are quite similar to those that they’d engage in as they prepare for an in-class test; however, the online environment does present some differences that warrant a bit of extra awareness and preparation. Read More…