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Set Goals

In your school years, it is important to set and achieve goals. By doing so early on, you will be prepared for your graduation, for college, and/or vocational training. Make sure you earn the credits you will need for college admission later on. In high school, consider getting involved in extracurricular activities, community service activities, and volunteering.

All of these things are not only personally beneficial, but they will prove to be helpful when applying for college admission. As you go through high school, start exploring your career preferences. This will impact not only your choice of college, but also what area of study for a major. Most importantly, work very hard to achieve good grades. In today's competitive world, the GPA is an important factor considered in the college admissions process.

How to Study for a Test

Most students experience some level of anxiety during an exam. However, when it affects your performance, it becomes a problem. To minimize your stress level, consider the following suggestions:

  • Compare how you did on a similar test in the past. Review your previous tests when studying for the final exam.
  • Arrive early for tests - good preparation helps you focus on the task at hand.
  • Be comfortable but alert. Choose a good spot in the room and make sure you have enough space to work.
  • Stay relaxed and confident. Keep a good attitude and remind yourself you are prepared and are going to do well. If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths. Don't talk to other students about being nervous. Anxiety breeds anxiety.
  • Read the directions carefully. This will help you avoid careless errors.
  • Answer questions strategically by answering the easy questions first and then tackling the difficult questions last.
  • Review to make sure you did not skip any questions or mis-mark an answer. Also review your grammar, spelling, punctuation, decimal points, etc.