Odds are that your results on that next big test (perhaps an affordable DSST credit-by-exam test) come down to how well you study for it. And how well you study often comes down to your study space. The good news: there’s really only one thing you need to eliminate in order to create the perfect place to hit the books. The bad news: that one thing is distraction, and it comes in many mischievous forms. Let’s examine the worst offenders, and discuss how to eliminate them once and for all.
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Maybe you started a family. Maybe all your attention has been going toward your current career path. Maybe you’ve been immersed in your military service. For whatever reason, life got in the way of fully pursuing a field that interests you. If you’re looking to finally earn college credit for the knowledge you already have, DSST is the best way to do it. And if you need a quick refresher on any of that course material, we’ve pulled together some of the best YouTube education channels.
Sometimes the toughest thing about taking an exam isn’t the exam itself, it’s mentally preparing yourself for it. Yet, most of us tend to spend the bulk of our time and effort prepping for the questions and much less time and effort prepping our minds, our bodies, and our spirits for what we’re about to experience.
At DSST, our nationally recognized testing program allows students to earn college credit for learning acquired outside the classroom. That’s why we pride ourselves on the relationships we hold with established colleges and universities across the country. It’s about the shared approach of empowering all types of students to reach their academic goals efficiently, effectively, and affordably.
So you failed a test. Congratulations! In failing, you’ve joined the ranks of nearly everyone else on Planet Earth, including some of the brightest minds out there. There are countless quotes, stories, and books and dedicated to lessons learned and progress made because of failure. How we try, fail, and try again defines each of us. So embrace it, learn from it, and let us help you get it right next time.
No matter which branch of military you’re in, it’s possible to earn a degree while serving. In fact, there could be serious financial and career benefits for doing so. With careful planning and diligence, advancing your education could go hand in hand with protecting our nation. To help you understand the higher education options for military personnel, we’ve broken it down to five key takeaways.
“Each one of us has a unique set of circumstances that led us to become non-traditional, and each story counts as a testimony of strength and endurance.”
– Amanda Condon, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Student, courtesy of myantshe.org
Winter break is coming to a close and this bizarre thing you've had on your hands called “free time” is about to be a thing of the past. Nice, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to use this time to become more productive, more organized and more efficient?
Something is lurking just beyond the holidays: next semester. So what’s a student to do? Below are 7 tips on how to stay sharp over vacation that – we promise! – are easier than you may think.
Every student has their own set of studying preferences and priorities; some prefer to immerse themselves in a certain environment, while others study best at certain times of the day. Creating a stress-free study environment is one way to improve your grades.
Whether it’s in the car, in front of the TV screen, or at the kitchen table, you do your homework whenever, wherever. The stress of these distractions weighs on you like a lead balloon while you try to study and retain so much information in such a short amount of time. But study time doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five ways to assure your study sessions are stress-free.
College can definitely be stressful. Below are some of the most common stressors, plus some ideas on how to deal with them.
1. I need to keep my grades up...
You’re at college to learn. Or maybe you have a scholarship that depends on you maintaining a certain GPA. And while it’s true that not every piece of knowledge you acquire will come from a professor during a lecture, you need and want to get good grades.
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How and where you study can make a big difference between passing and failing an exam or an entire course. With all the effort being put into your degree, don’t let poor study habits affect your academic success. Here are three simple fixes to get rid of the most stubborn study habits forever.
1.Eliminate distractions by using the resources available to you.
There’s no secret formula or magic to passing a standardized test. Just take a deep breath, read through our test prep advice, and rest easy knowing that you’re doing everything you can to make sure you do well -- starting with reading these testing tips!
- Start studying. Good study habits and studying consistently – say, for an hour a day over the course of several weeks – is much more effective than cramming for a test the night before.
Vocabulary terms, hands-on experiments, extensive formulas …OH MY! Science exams really aim to test your knowledge through a wide variety of classroom modules, which can make studying for a science test quite tricky! Below are six studying tips specifically aimed at students who are preparing for an upcoming science exam.
In some courses, all it takes to pass an exam is note taking, memorization, and recall. However, exceeding in a math class takes a different type of effort. You cannot simply show up for a lecture and watch your instructor “talk” about math. You learn it by doing: paying attention in class, actively studying, and working through problems – even when your instructor hasn’t assigned you any. If you find yourself struggling to do well in your math class, then read these math study tips to find out how you can become a better math student.
Just like with any lofty endeavor, studying for DSST exams can become monotonous if you’re not intentional. Some people can plow through exam after exam with much vigor, but after a while, they will probably lose steam, possibly before meeting their end goal. How do you keep the exam process fun and keep up the motivation?
Your exam date is approaching and you feel a rush of panic come over you. You know you are neither prepared nor ready to take the test. What should you do? Cramming for an exam over a short period of time can be detrimental to your performance. Although you may feel like you are learning a lot of information, your brain has no real time to process it all, resulting in a decreased ability to recall information during a timed test. Instead of subjecting yourself to this tactic, try to maximize small down times in your day by quizzing yourself. Here’s how you can study quickly while you’re on the go.