By: Gerri Elder

  • Test Preparation Resources
  • Studying for Tests – With tips for test preparation before the test, during the test and after the test, this guide will help students of all ages.
  • Test Preparation Tips – Education Corner gives a plethora of information on not only how to study, how to make study guides and many other tips…but also the proper health and nutrition to keep your brain in top working order.
  • Test Taking Strategies – From the pages of the student handbook from the University of Minnesota Duluth, these tips will help you with all your study preparation before the exam, during the test, and after the test.
  • Survival Strategies for Taking Tests – If you have ever sat down to take a test and don’t know where to start, these 12 simple tips can bring you back to focus.
  • Math and Science Test Taking Tips – (This is a .PDF!) Help your child with Math and Science with these exam preparation tips and tricks.
  • Study Resources and Test Taking Tips – Whether you are looking for tips for preparing for an exam, how to deal with test anxiety, or motivational words to keep you focused, this study website has it all!
  • Gradebook – Good for teachers and parents alike, this website has it all: from printables for teachers to parenting guides to teach you how to study and help tutor your children, this website is the perfect online educator.
  • 4tests.com – This free practice test website has practice exams for just about everything: from SAT practice tests, to computer exams to every college subject you can imagine!
  • Test Taking Strategies in College – Bucks County Community College has put together test taking strategies for the new college student for before the test, during the test and after the test!
  • Help your Child Improve in Test Taking – The US Department of Education has put together this guide for parents in order to help them test at their highest potential. Start working with your children in grade school, so these effective test taking skills stay with them all through college.
  • Study Skills
  • Printable Study Skill Sheets – Dartmouth college’s Academic Skills Center has put together a plethora of printable study skills guides.
  • Developing Good Study Habits – Dr. Art Markman has put together a short read about what actually works for students in regards to studying. (Hint: Students with the highest GPA study by testing themselves!)
  • Study Skills Help Page – This guide from Middle Tennessee State University is the educational gold mine of all things related to studying and test preparation.
  • How to Study Videos – Stamford University has put together a wonderful collection of video series to help students get the most of studies.
  • How to Study – This website dedicated solely to educating students on proper study techniques, can help students of all ages. Key feature: you can search study tips and hints by subject guide!
  • What’s Your Learning Style? – Did you know that people learn things differently? This comprehensive guide will help you discover what learning style suits you best, and how to tailor your study habits to best suit your needs!
  • Study Habits – Learn to develop effective study habits with this helpful website. Offering eBooks, daily articles, and other tech tools for study and organization, this website is helpful for not only the student, but the college graduate entering the work force!
  • Get to Class on Time! – If you are young student who has just started changing classes in school, navigating your way from your locker to the classroom on time can be tricky. This fun illustrated guide is helpful for the Middle School student!
  • Study Skills Online – This electronic guide will provide you with the best tips and tricks for studying and reaching your fullest academic potential.
  • Study and Success Strategies – The Berkeley Student Learning Center has put together a helpful educational guide with information on when and where to study, how to eliminate procrastination and things to ask yourself when you feel stuck.
  • Note Taking Tips
  • Taking Lecture Notes – Geared toward college students, this guide gives 5 essential steps for mastering note taking. (this is a .pdf)
  • Note Taking – Follow these hints for surviving a lecture while taking in depth-notes.
  • Lecture Note Taking – Perfect for new college students who are entering their first classroom lectures, these tips help take notes before, during and after the lecture.
  • Hints for Good Note Taking – If you are you looking for quick tips to share with your younger child who is just learning how to take notes, Chapman University has provided 10 easy to read tips!
  • Note Taking Techniques – Why do we take notes? This .PDF will tell you why we take notes, and give you ideas of what should be included! Perfect for children who are just learning note taking strategies!
  • Listening Skills – Salisbury University provides you with not only good habits for listening during lectures and seminars, but also bad habits that need to be broken!
  • Note Taking Lined Paper Generator – If you need specific graph paper for taking notes, this Cornell note taking lined paper generator can help you!
  • Study Guides and Strategies – This educational public service has been around since 1996. Covering studying tips, classroom learning techniques, memorizing and testing skills, and more…this is an excellent all-inclusive guide.
  • Note Taking and Academic Techniques – Discover the different types of note taking and what forms might be the most beneficial to you.
  • Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
  • Stress Management – From mindtools.org, this stress management guide will help you be happy and effective at work and school.
  • Testing Anxiety Toolkit – Learn about the different forms of anxiety that might be hindering your learning process, and how to overcome them.
  • Managing Your Stress and Anxiety at School – Dartmouth College’s Academic Skills Center has put together a comprehensive guide for dealing with stress, coping with exam anxiety and managing any other feelings that might be affecting your education.
  • Relaxation Techniques – The University of Chicago has put together a .PDF guide that will give you tips and techniques for combating stress and learning how to relax.
  • What is Anxiety (.PDF) – this guide will explain the basics of anxiety, including symptoms, how to cope and other helpful resources.
  • Understanding Panic – Feeling anxious and panicky is not something anyone wants to deal with. Understand why you are feeling these emotions and how you can combat them!
  • 5 Tips to Manage Stress – The American Psychological Association has put together 5 comprehensive tips for managing stress in your life.
  • Back to School: Dealing With Academic Stress – Learn how stressful academic situations compromise a student’s performance in this lengthy study.
  • The Relationship Between Test Anxiety and Standardized Test Scores – (.PDF) Walden University published this 90 page study on how anxiety and stress affects testing scores. Interesting read!
  • Test Anxiety – The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has put together this guide of causes, symptoms and tips for managing test anxiety at all ages!
  • Additional Resources for College Students
  • Time Management from Stanford University – This .PDF from the center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford gives 10 tips for developing and maintaining time management skills.
  • Writing Tips – Professor Steve Zdancewic from the University of Pennsylvania has put together writing tips for academic writing.
  • Thinking About Questions: Beyond Topical Research – Plattsburgh University has put together a guide to make the college student question their research: “Best questions lead to better search”
  • Surviving the Semester – College students will be doing a lot of research for their classes. This guide will help college students with proper research techniques!
  • Time Management Success – This website will help students of all ages (and adults a like!) with their time management skills. With guides for time management at work, school and for personal use, this guide is beneficial for everyone.
  • 88 Surefire Tips for Succeeding in College – College can be an overwhelming experience for the new student. Here are 88 tips for studying, preparing and successfully navigating through the pitfalls of school.
  • A Research Guide for College Students – Covering everything from plagiarism, work cited and formatting your research paper, this is the perfect guide for any college student who is writing a paper.
  • Mindtools.org – This online training website is good not only for the college student, but for those college graduates who are entering the workforce. Helping with time management skills, leadership skills, project management skills and more, this is the perfect guide for education and work.
  • Financial Aid – If you are looking to start college but need financial aid, this guide will help explain all of the options out there.
  • Career Profiles – If you are a junior or senior in college and are about to join the workforce, let this career and job search guide help you.

Edited by: Gerri Elder

A College Student's Guide to Test Preparation