You reach for your school text book and then … your phone buzzes with a text message. You are logging into the school test preparation web site and then this cool link pops up. It looks a lot more fun. You weren’t planning to skip studying today but somehow … it just happened.
Distractions. They can [...]
Can your own writing learn from fast and furious newspaper writers? You bet it can! An essay exam is a race to finish your story in a desperately short time. Did your teacher ask for 1500 words on the causes of the American Civil War? [...]
When OpenStudy picked up a very prestigious 2012 Edison Award for innovation we wondered … can online community really be as good as live study group? We all learn more when we learn together. Why not just use Facebook? Or a chat group?
At first [...]
Schools all over the United States have ‘how to’ pages and test taking tips for their students. Why not? They want their students to succeed. Your school might have an Academic Skills center on their web site too.
Here are links to some of the best ones we’ve found:
Legends tell of a lonely shepherd, wandering in the mountains of Ethiopia, who notices his goats eating the blackened berries from one particular bush. After eating the berries, the goats begin to dance and kick and run around in crazy circles. Fascinated, the shepherd picks a handful of berries for himself. He eats them all and [...]
Could you use a fast way to improve your grades? Then get ready to slow down. Many exam and test errors come from the same source. Not reading the question well. We get stressed and hurry through the questions, missing the main points. We trip into an answer that ‘looks right’ because we haven’t fully [...]
Have you ever faced an exam with only one question? It’s the essay exam that we all dread. You’ll get a single question on the page like “Explain the causes of the American Civil War including parties involved, issues and key people.” followed by 2 hours and 1500 words to answer.
It might be the [...]
How do you prepare for an exam? Do you read your classroom notes until your eyeballs hurt? Do you highlight your textbook with a bright yellow marker?
When teachers prepare tests, they don’t spend hours highlighting pages and neither should you. Instead, teachers read through the textbook and lecture notes, writing down possible test questions [...]
Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy a pill that made you smarter? Just pop one or two of these little babies into your mouth and you’re going to the top of your academic class. Amazing grades are yours without breaking a sweat. A ‘smart pill’ would be easy, fast and probably … totally illegal.