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Hi WellCasters! It's getting colder outside and the supermarkets have finally sold the
last of the Thanksgiving turkeys, so you know what that means: It's coming up on finals!
We know, we know, it's not our favorite time of year either—upcoming tests mean long
nights of studying, stress and probably some nightmares that involve either sleeping through your
English exam or walking into class naked.
This week on WellCast, we took another viewer suggestion by TheSambarsalsa on getting your study skills
up to par. We're not going to make you sit through any statistics or studies today—just
three exercises you can put into practice to become a better test taker. You ready?
Pause and print this week's tips on our handy WellCast worksheet.
One: Ace your essay with the Black-Red-Green method. This exercise comes from the Royal
Literary Fund, and it's a great trick to use when you're tackling a difficult essay
First, make sure you've got three colored pens—you guessed it, one black, one red
and one green. You're going to use these three pens to underline different parts of
the essay question—by the end, everything will be underlined so you won't miss anything
Let's say this is your essay question:
"In The Great Gatsby, how does Gatsby represent the American dream in the 1920s? Reference
two quotes from the novel as well as one secondary source. Be sure to refer to specific symbolism
throughout the novel, including the green light and T.J. Eckleburg."
First, take out your black pen. BLAck stands for BLAtant instructions—something the question
requires you to answer to receive full marks.
Next, take out your REd pen—this will be used for underlining any REference points
you've been asked to hit.
Finally, take out your green pen. This one's easy: The green pen underlines a "green
light"—that is, a hint that the question gives on how to proceed.
By now, this essay question should be looking like a Christmas tree—that's how you know
you've hit and understood every part of the prompt. You're ready to rock the answer!
Two: Acronyms are your best friend. You probably know what an acronym is—we use them all
the time here at WellCast. Basically, acronyms turn a long string of information into something
short, interesting and, above all, memorable.
The best acronyms have one thing in common: They create a striking visual image in your
For example, a common acronym is the sentence "Each Good Bird Does Fly." That's one
way to remember the lines in a staff of music: E, G, B, D and F.
But... flying birds aren't very striking. Most birds—at least, the boring ones—fly.
If you're sitting in a classroom, chewing on your pencil, a flock of birds might not
pop into your head right away if you're straining to remember a musical staff.
But what about "Each Gaptoothed Billygoat Dances Fast."
Yep! That's more like it.
Three: Give a speech. The link between hearing something and remembering it has been proven
time and time again. Studies have found that people who have difficulty hearing in certain situations
are also more likely to have memory impairment.
What does that mean? Well, think about it this way , you know your favorite album and how you always know
what the next song is going to come up next? That's because you've listened to the thing ad
nauseum and ingrained the information in your brain.
Why not use this useful hack to help yourself remember information for a test? Practice
reading your notes out loud—think of it like singing along to a new favorite song.
The more you hear yourself saying the notes, the better you'll remember them the next
Let's recap: Finals week should be a breeze with WellCast on your side! Today you learned
the Black-Red-Green method for tackling an essay question, going for those creative acronyms
to get you out of a stump, and we practiced a great way to memorize a lot of information out loud .
We'll see you next time, WellCasters!
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How to Study for a Test

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Halu Hsieh published on March 14, 2014
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