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Counselor urges test-takers to study, become motivated

By Marley Malenfant/se news editor

Students frustrated with tests and needing tips attended a test-taking seminar on SE Campus Sept. 16.

SE counselor Mike Eason advised students on preparing for multiple-choice tests, planning ahead and adopting good study habits.

“Most students like multiple-choice tests because they have four options,” he said. “However, most students don’t like essay tests because it’s asking you to write everything you know about a certain topic.”

Eason said students are self-motivators and can either push themselves for the best grade or just settle.

He also explained why students should put forth the effort.

“Mediocre effort produces mediocre results,” he said. “Some students just want to get their ticket punched. I’ve seen students that study six hours a day because they’re pre-med, dental or a nursing student.”

Eason recommended students invest in a planner so they can have an easier courseload.

He also talked about his daughter’s attention deficit disorder, which caused her to struggle in school.

“For a while, I thought my daughter didn’t like to study until we learned that she’s ADD,” he said. “After she got a planner, her grades improved.” 

Eason suggested that even though most cell phones have a planner, it’s a distraction to have while studying.

“You can’t get a good-quality study if you’re receiving text messages,” he said. “The cell phone has become a priority for students. It’s taking away their focus from studying.”

Eason told students that test taking is about how well students can manage their time.

“Make sure you read all the instructions on the test because that saves lots of time,” he said. “Skip questions you’re not sure about and maintain a positive attitude. Also, get a good night’s sleep.”

Eason said students should try different study methods before taking a test.

“Use the contextual effect,” he said. “Study in the room where you’re going to take an exam. It triggers memory.”

SE student Tina Irving said she plans to change her study habits and use some of the test-taking tips.

“Most of this stuff I knew, but the tips on Scantrons really helped,” she said. “I do have test anxiety, so this seminar really helps.”

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