Different tests require different strategies.
In multiple choice tests, you can get away with educated guesses. Even when you have no idea what the right answer is, you have a 25% chance of being right. (Assuming 4 possible answers)
Most students don’t know this but free-response/essay questions also have tricks of the trade.
And this year, AP tests (tests for college credit in hs) are going to be free-response. (Because multiple choice and open book aren’t a good mix.)
Getting this stuff down is particularly important. And memorization is dramatically less useful than familiarity in this case.
Writing is a super important skill in this situation. A good writer that’s less skilled in the subject could easily score higher than a poor writer that knows the subject well.
If you suck at writing then I suggest the full KAIC program. It can give you a few important strategies (that can help you score high on essays, even when you’re clueless what you’re talking about.
But anyway… to the 5 tips…
1. Write too much when possible. Always write more than you need. (If you’re wrong then this can disguise it and earn you points.)
2. Always use the resources provided – I don’t care if you think they’re crap. They’re defendable.
3. Never “fight the man” or argue against orthodoxy. There is a time for making points like this. Standardized free-response tests aren’t the time.
4. Time is limited – don’t waste time on answers that you’re struggling with. Best case: write a quick response and come back to it later.
5. In most cases: Use small simple words. Don’t try to sound smart. It doesn’t earn you points. Simple words are: more broad (meaning you’re less likely to be wrong, just imprecise,) easier to understand (so fewer mixups in communicating your point,) and most teachers don’t fall for the old big words = smart thing.
This week – I got one of the kindest emails I’ve ever received from a reader. I sent a thank you gift but I just feel the need to give you all a little reminder – I’m super grateful for all of you reading this. And the best reward of all is hearing how I’ve made a difference in your life. Thank you!
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.