By Leonard Williams
One of the biggest challenges for GED® students is finding time to study, or developing a daily study routine, especially if you’re studying at home with a GED guide, GED classes online, or using free online GED test resources.
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For adult students who attend GED classes regularly, studying is often easier. Classes help create a routine, and involve learning and applying the material candidates need to know to earn the GED credential. Students in class may find it easier to get into a study routine because they’re preparing for classes, practicing GED sample test questions or completing homework assignments. Students may also form small study groups and just meet together. The downside is that a local GED class can leave students behind and be frustrating for a student who had trouble in school.
Sometimes, even GED students who attend local classes need help developing study habits and a regular study routine. Often students who haven’t succeeded in classrooms find class learning boring or tedious, and they’ll have little motivation to study.
The best study routine involves daily study. Using new knowledge every day is the key to owning it, and this learning method is completely different from memorization. Whether students are in a classroom, using an online GED class, taking a GED sample test, free GED guide, or free GED course, daily study works.
So how do busy adults with lots of job and family obligations find time to study? Here are some 10-minute study tips that have proven successful for GED Academy students:
10-Minute Study Tips
- Study a problem or read a book, newspaper, or magazine first thing in the morning, even if you only have 10 minutes. You can use a problem from a GED practice test, a short section from your GED guide, or a passage from a GED study test question. Or, you might choose a short passage such as a newspaper article, editorial, or a magazine insight piece. Don’t worry about finishing the problem or passage. Just concentrating on something for 10 minutes is the trick.
- During the day, spend 10 minutes thinking about what you read or studied in the morning. If it’s something you read, think about the words and the feelings those words create. Consider how the passage or words apply to something else, or another situation. If it’s a math problem from a GED mathematics practice test or GED guide, try writing it down and working on it in different ways. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the problem or words exactly. The key is to use the new knowledge. Just get into the mind of the problem or the words for 10 minutes.
- Late in the day, spend 5 minutes really thinking about what you read or studied again, and you’ll suddenly see and understand the knowledge more clearly. Make sure you spend a minute or two thinking about why it’s clear. This is key!
At the end of the day, spend 5 minutes reviewing or reworking the
problem, and determine what you learned from the study activity, free
GED resource, or GED guide. Then tell yourself how smart you are and
how much you accomplished, in no time at all. Give yourself a reward.
At day’s end, you’ve managed to study for 30 minutes, despite a busy schedule and life’s demands. More importantly, the time spent isn’t just about studying. It’s about learning. You’ll learn since using knowledge means owning knowledge. And that’s what passing the GED test takes.
Additional GED Test Online Free Resources
- Author Leonard Williams and virtual GED Academy students have developed a movie that answers the most common questions about the GED test. The movie also spotlights how students really “get into the mind” of material, a good study tip. The movie is about eight minutes. Watch it now.
- Looking for free GED online testing? Try a GED practice test online free.
- Need word help? Follow this link for an online dictionary and reference site: www.dictionary.com
- Project Connect provides online information and lessons for ESL students. Sponsored by PBS. Click for Project Connect.
Adult Learning offers free interactive activities to improve
reading skills, offered by California Distance Learning
Study hard, and good luck on your GED test!