View Full Version : Studying tips ... mostly for GED but still.

11-18-14, 06:38 PM
Came across this article on GED board (dot) com about some tips to study with ADHD. While most of the points are kinda obvious, still think it is relevant enough.

GED Study Tips For Those With Dyslexia or ADHD
Nov. 13, 2014

Studying for the GED is hard already but it is even trickier if you have dyslexia or ADHD. You should definitely follow strategies that are recommended for everyone but some additional help (like auditory, visual and kinesthetic aids) can keep you engaged and focused on your studies. These aids are proven to help information “stick” in your brain.

What NOT To Do
1.Flip through a Practice Test Book and expect to absorb the important information.
2.Try a few practice tests and then go into the real test, fingers crossed.
3.Study when you are mentally tired (it will waste time and leave you more tired and less motivated to study next time)
4.Be a perfectionist (“I gotta get everything correct or I am a failure”) or a pessimist (“This is too hard – the GED is for other people, not me”)

What You Think You Don’t Need To Do, But You Do

Create a time-line

It will be helpful to create a timeline in order to carve out time that is just for GED test preparation, leading right up to the day before the test. Ideally, put it on a wall where it is visible everyday, with a humorous and positive statement next to it.

Take a practice test

Jump on to the GED website and take a practice test. It will let you know the areas you need to focus.

Get a study buddy

Even if they are not taking the GED, another person can keep you accountable to your study routine and add another dimension to the learning and remembering process. You can use them as someone to doodle with, talk through questions with, or even someone to read a page aloud over and over from the practice test. They can also help you by timing you as you take a practice test.

Create memory tricks

Memory tricks help you create mind triggers to remember words or concepts that will help you during the test. For example, to remember the order of colors of a rainbow, you can memorize the name “Roy G. Biv“. Each letter in the name represents a color in the spectrum, in order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Similarly, to remember essay guidelines, you can use the phrase “Dead Eel“, which expands to: Determine Evidence for your Argument to Defend. Elaborate with Examples and Logical order.

Memory tricks may be cheesy and full of bad humor, but they work because your brain remembers what has funniness attached to it.

Work in a quiet place with few distractions

Ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones can help block out noise that competes for your attention. Free yourself of visual stimulus too, like an interesting window view. You may experiment with low-volume background music, but only if it helps harness your focus.

Take notes

Create pictures in your mind for as much as you possibly can. Ask questions. Draw pictures. Create voice recordings. Make your own PowerPoint presentations. Visit these over and over and try not to rely on one form of studying. The more ways you can input information to your brain, the better test taker you will become. This is especially true for the subject areas of the GED that are unfamiliar to you.