Reviewing Habits

United States
July 1, 2011 1:29am CST
I have a licensing exam in the near future and I have been trying my best to review for it for a long time now but still I feel that everytime I took self test on computers and read chapters of topics on my books, I'm afraid I haven' been retaining much of what I study...i don't know if it just I haven't really been interested in it or i just need new Learning strategies! Of course having a part time job thats physically demanding and being a FULL time wife isn't probabyly helping any...Any new suggestions?
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6 responses
• Pakistan
1 Jul 11
Well i must say you are pushing yourself!! But what stuck me was that you have been reviewing for a long time! This is snag which i face every now and then. Usually when i come across exams for which i have to be persistent for a long amount of time, i start out very well but then i start loosing interest and end of falling behind. I figured i needed a more stronger approach to re-focus so then i start concentrating on the things i know and read up those that i don't. Works for me but you really need to make sure your study sessions are timed when your fresh and not tired!! Otherwise your only frustrating and disappointing your self and that is major contributor towards not being able to gain much out of it! Low productivity!!. So keep a fresh positive mind, set out your targets and attack the little devil with precision!! Pretty soon you will be delivering the final fatal blow!!!
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• United States
4 Jul 11
Hmmn that is a sound advice, although I have been studying for a long time now, I usually do when the day is done and when I can't fall asleep, I tend to delegate my reviewing time so that they wont interfere with my other responsibilities as a housewife and also allowing enough rest so I can still function properly at work...I don't know, for some reason I believe that women like me starts to retain less information once they entered a certain age level, I read it somewhere but maybe I'm using it as a defense mechanism, lols! =) Thanks MYSTICALECSTACY! =)
• Pakistan
8 Jul 11
Yes! It is unfortunately true but please there is no need to follow it to the letter!!! Any way cheers and happy reviewing!!
1 Jul 11
stop worrying exams are tough but you are probably taking in more than you realise xxbest of luck xxx
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• United States
4 Jul 11
Thanks NAMCCULL1! I don't know anymore...but posting it here at myLOt seems to be a good idea! I get sound advice and gets to earn too! lols! If only I can remember to log in everyday and check it, way better and more positive exercise than reading some of the posts I see at facebook..=) maybe I'll just go ahead and take it and then If I fail,then just try again! what the heck, I think I can take it as often as I want...=)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
Examination are just about easing the nervousness and pressure you have in your body. Of course it helps to review your lessons, but a more tricky secret in doing good in any examination is self confidence. In reviewing, always try to approach what you are trying to learn in an open minded way. Focus is the key. Always think of your goal to motivate you more. Don't get caught with stress and emotions and always put your mind over the matters. Good luck on you!
• United States
4 Jul 11
Hi agentGulaman! Thanks, a lot of my friends already told me that I stressed too much but it's just not an easy thing to do to consciously stop yourself from doing it, to me it comes as naturallly as breathing...Right know I'm just trying to focus on topics that I scored the lowest and maybe try to improve from there, it just gets so exhausting sometimes...=( Thanks! =)
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
1 Jul 11
You yourself seek for an alternative. Retaining a memory is a gift. Sometimes you can practice longtime but painless breathing ecercises and utter some positive affirmations to improve your whole self
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• United States
4 Jul 11
I think I have exhausted some of the alternatives but positive affirmations sounds good and I started doing that a little bit recently...Thanks srjac0902! =)
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jul 11
dolor you are right to start early but take breaks. sometimes when I pushed myself too long I tired out and felt angry. so make shorter sessions and be positive about it. ask God for a bit of help there.Also do not forget that when we feel refreshed we retain a lot more of what we study.so take a break and really relax away from that whole subject. you will be more relaxed when you do another study session If you are blessed with a photogenic mind try to see the pages of your notes or your book as this helps so much during a test. then take a complete break for a day or so before the test. You will find you remember so much more when at last you have to take the exam.I do not quite understand if this is something important to you as you want to ace the licensing exam how come you are not interested in it? Are you sure then that this is what you want to do as I feel one should have passion for what one works at. Are you getting a license for what, nurse or othe profession?
• United States
4 Jul 11
Hi Hatley!Unfortunately I am not blessed with a photogenic mind, that is why I try all kinds of learning style like listening to a video or audio lecture, reading from a textbook, reviewing test and notes with friends and finally the one I have been doing more often these days, test taking on a computer or my phone...Of all these style, my favorie so far is the test taking, because it gives me ideas on what my strengths and weaknesses are...As for relaxing, I really have to work on that because I think I am an epic failure when it comes to that lols! =) Anyways, the reason why I said I am not that interested anymore is because it is not really my first choice of field that I want to practice but since I already have the degree and like I said in my previous comments, finished some of the qualifying exams already, then I think I owe it to myself and to some people to go for the state licensure and I keep hoping that once I am back to that field again, maybe I would grow to love it too, after all it is a noble profession..And another thing, it will also open up alot of opportunities for me especially as recently, I find myself less enthusiastic and always find something to gripe about at my current job...=) Thanks! Have a good day! =)
• United States
4 Jul 11
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• Philippines
24 Jul 11
I suggest you eat peanuts. Studies show that peanuts can improve your memory. You should try it before you review. You should also get enough sleep for your memory to improve. If you have a part time job, and you also have house chores, you should organize them so that it won't affect your studying time. In short, you should fix your schedule and stick to it.