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Many of our students approach us with the same problem. All year, they get good grades—perfect homework, A’s on quizzes, 100% class participation—but when the big test arrives, they underperform.
Most students will interpret this to mean that they have weak test-taking skills. This might be the problem, but there’s something else you should consider as well: Maybe you don’t know the material as well as you think you do. Put another way, you know the material well enough to perform in class, but you don’t know it well enough to perform on the test. What’s the difference?
From one perspective, this is good news. Your good grades on regular assignments means that you’re a conscientious student, and that you’re learning how to “play the game.” Good students know how to find patterns in their assignments, tick all the right boxes, and finish their work in time for hockey practice. Great students know how to see the holes that their homework doesn’t test, and prepare accordingly. Here are a few ways to make sure you understand the material well enough to ace the test.
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