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Effective Strategies for Psychology Exams

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideDecember 12, 2011

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Keely writes: "Help! I pay attention in class and I study hard, but I always do horrible on my psychology tests. I KNOW the information, but you'd never guess it from looking at my test scores. Is there anything that I can do to improve my performance on my psychology exams?"

First, start by examining the root of your problem. You say that you know the information, so what's holding you back on your exams? Test anxiety is a common problem for many students. Do you find yourself getting so anxious before an exam that you freeze up and struggle to recall the correct answers? If so, check out some of these tips for overcoming test anxiety.

Since you already have good study habits, consider assessing your approach to test-taking. When you first receive your exam, spend a moment looking over the entire test. Read the directions carefully, and then start working your way through each section. If you are answering multiple-choice questions, use the process of elimination to narrow down your options. Finally, don't forget to pace yourself. If you spend too much time on certain questions, you may find yourself unable to finish the test during the amount of time allotted. Find more tips in this article on psychology test-taking strategies and check out the links below for helpful study advice and exam techniques.

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December 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

Perhaps the study method is the problem, and your meta cognition leads you to believe that your more than ready for your exams. I have had the same problem throughout my first three years of my psychology BA and found that it was due to my poor processing abilities while studying, i felt as if i knew all of the material but was receiving poor grades. Essentially my problem rooted within my poor ability to read, i have always had language problems which more than likely caused my reading problems which may have indirectly caused my poor processing skills. I have recently watched a video on Youtube of a professor of cognitive psych explaining this very concept and helped me alot! However, this should not disprove the fact that test anxiety and other factors may be causing your poor grades. It was not until I swallowed my pride and got a tutor to help me with my study methods that I started seeing results. good luck with all of your studies !

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