“I just can’t remember all that stuff!” “I haven’t been in school for a long time!” “I read. But I just can’t remember it all!” “I think I just have a bad memory.”
These statements are common when it comes to taking on the goal of studying for and passing your High School Equivalency exam. And, let’s face it…a big part of study and learning is memorization. If you are struggling with this essential skill, here are some tricks and tips when it comes to making memory count.
One truth we often miss, in study and in life, is the value of feedback. No one likes any type of evaluation. Whether it be an important test or job performance review, our human instinct is to freeze or push back at the critique. But without these measures of progress we will never be able to adjust, learn, and grow.
Let’s be honest. Times are tough. Our current circumstances can make it feel like the walls are literally closing in. But at some point…some day…not too far away…this too shall pass. Better days ARE ahead. So what do we do in this present space? We prepare for those better days.
Have you ever heard the phrase, it was like trying “to put a square peg into a round hole?” It’s typically used to describe something that’s not a good match. No matter how hard you try, the square and the circle will never be a good fit.
If you have ever encountered a learning difference, you may have felt like this peg and hole. No matter how much you tried, you saw things in a different way than your classmates. The instruction never “clicked.” You may have felt odd or out of place. This is the heart and the hurt of those with learning differences.
Sure, it makes sense that strengthening your reading skills will help with the Reading and Writing sections of your HSE exam, but did you know that reading is the basis for the Social Studies and Science sections as well?
The GED, HiSET, and TASC test makers do not expect you to roll in with tons of facts and figures. They don’t expect you to bank info. on World Wars or memorize the Periodic Table. What they DO want you to show is your ability to read and think critically.
If you are struggling with where to begin your prep, reading is always a great place to start because it supports ALL areas of study. Know that every minute you devote to becoming a strong reader is an investment in obvious AND not so obvious ways.
TIP: Don’t forget that your ability to read and understand test directions is just as important as reading through and understanding the question passages. In our recent coaching session, Test Smart, we discussed this specific skill. It’s an important one, so if you missed the session, just click the link above.
One of the things unique to Essential Education is the wide range of ages and stages in which our students find themselves on their journey toward obtaining their High School Equivalency credential. Within each of these student groups there are certain things that those studying for the GED, HiSET, or TASC should consider.
One big consideration is underage testing. Most states have some degree of extra requirements or sets of rules placed on testers under the age of 18 (and in some cases 19) years of age. If you (or your child) fall into this category, there are some important things to know before testing.
One of the many reasons I joined the Student Success Team at Essential Education was the ease and flexibility of the exam prep and job-ready courses offered. Having been in education for over 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of products rise and fall…all promising amazing results in half the time.
While everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, I’ve watched thousands of students find just what they needed to fill in the gaps and move forward in life. It’s both rewarding and inspiring!
But don’t take my word for it. Ask our students! Check out some of the latest reviews. You might see a glimpse of yourself, your experience, and in some cases, your achievements ahead.
One of the greatest joys of working in our Student Success Team is hearing from real students, making real decisions for life change. Discovering what motivates and continues to encourage our students to keep moving forward is truly inspiring. Take a moment to read Stephen’s story.
A frequent question of students studying for their High School Equivalency exam is, “What do I do when I’m ready to test?” Here’s some can’t miss information when it comes to prepping for the big day.
ALL official testing must be done in person at a certified testing center. There’s a lot of misinformation out there that leads many testers to think they can take the exam online to obtain their credential. This is NOT the case! Taking (and passing) the test at a proctored testing center is the only way to earn an official HSE credential.