By Leonard Williams
Most GED® students are busy adults. Whether you’re enrolled in a local GED Test prep class, taking GED online classes, or putting together your own study program with free online GED practice test resources or classes, limited time means your study time should be as effective as possible.
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What makes a GED study program effective? Successful study is about learning, and the learning process is critical for any student, whether it’s mastering skills for the GED exam or the skills for a master’s degree or a new job.
Once you understand how to activate the learning process and know more about the learning process itself, it’s easier to learn. Learning is about retaining knowledge and owning it, not about memorization. And this is what the GED Test really measures: using knowledge that you own.
Learning Is an Active Process.
For most people, learning doesn’t magically occur by reading or reviewing, or by listening to a lecture. Learning is an active process, and to learn, students need to be involved or engaged with the information. Consider this student’s story, from Curtis, a GED Academy graduate:
“I failed the GED mathematics test two times. I had passed all the other tests, but it seemed like every time I saw those numbers, it was like a foreign language. It didn’t matter how much I studied, or tried a GED math practice test. I still didn’t have a clue. I thought I’d never learn how to do the math.”
“Then I took an online GED class, a math course from GED Academy. I learned that lots of the math on the test, well, I already knew it. Like I could do math in my head and I was good at figuring out money, quick like, in my mind. Once I figured out how to look at the numbers on the test the same way I saw them in my mind, it was easy to learn what I needed to know to pass the GED mathematics test.”
For Curtis, once learning became an active process, his learning was activated. He discovered a way to be involved and engaged with mathematical information, so he was able to retain the information and knowledge he needed. He used skills he already had to develop skills he didn’t have.
Real Learning Requires Relevant Information.
Curtis’s story demonstrates another learning principle. Real learning requires relevant information. Just consider how many people claim to be poor math learners. Yet these same people are wizards with personal finances and estimating, or they can solve problems using analytical ability. When information is relevant, it’s meaningful. It’s much easier to master since it makes a difference to life.
A good plan for an online GED class or independent GED study requires relevant information. Even when the material doesn’t seem very relevant, students can make it meaningful by thinking of ways the information or knowledge might apply to their own life. Then, information is interesting or important and it quickly becomes real knowledge, knowledge that’s used.
Learning Has a Style.
Learning has a style, and it’s a little different for everyone. The learning process is more easily activated when information is presented in a way that works with someone’s learning style.
Some people learn best by hearing. Some learn best by seeing or by hands-on application. And some people learn through combined styles. Some students can immediately see the logic of how material fits together into a big picture, while others more clearly see the details of the different pieces.
Just consider how some math students are very good with equations, but have a tough time with word problems. Then other students master word problems easily but find equations and numbers difficult and mind-boggling. Both types of students use different learning styles to approach math.
So it’s important for students to identify their own learning style. Do you enjoy lectures? And listening to information? Or do words always seem to create images and pictures in your mind? Do you know that you learn best with your hands? Or through movement? Maybe you never thought about your learning style. Just by considering those questions, it’s probably something you can easily identify.
Once you understand your learning style, you can use it to your advantage. When studying, convert the material to the learning style that makes you comfortable, especially if the material seems confusing, meaningless, tedious, boring, or difficult.
Translate test problems, knowledge, and concepts into pictures, stories, or even dances, games, or models. Whenever possible, use learning materials designed for your learning style, or that that you can easily adapt to your own style.
- Take a free online test to identify your own learning style! http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
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Real Learning = Real Application
Once you learn material, use it. Use it every chance you get. Using new knowledge ensures ownership. Soon, you won’t consider your knowledge as something to whip out at test time; you’ll know it’s a whip smart investment.