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!
Have you ever sabotaged your success doing this silly little thing?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always dreaming about?
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