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Focusing on Note Taking, Exams and More

In terms of learning, writing skills involve both your ability to communicate with others and your ability to communicate with yourself through written notes you take from lectures or reading material. How effective are you at focusing on what is important in terms of note taking? How well do you communicate in writing with others?

Many of us are not math whizzes, and often there is no need for us to become mathematical experts. Nevertheless, math is a basic skill that can facilitate learning. For example, an individual who is caught up in a reorganization may search for a new career. Frequently, this new job will require a state license of some sort, which involves passing a written licensing exam, such as in real estate. Undoubtedly, this written exam will contain some basic math, and thus the individual will need to brush up on basic math skills as part of the learning process.

How do you study -- whether in preparation for an exam or with respect to learning a new job-related skill? Are you a morning person or an afternoon person? Is your retention better before lunch or after lunch? Do you study best by listening, watching or reading? Proper study skills are necessary for any learning endeavor.

It seems no matter what we learn, someone requires that we take a test to prove that learning has taken place. Test taking is as old as learning and education itself. Tests may actually measure what the student has learned, or they may serve as a security blanket for the teacher as proof that the "message got through."

Adults, particularly those caught up in career changes, may find themselves taking interest tests, aptitude tests, skills tests, licensing exams, etc. How well did you take tests when you were 18 years old? How well do you take tests today at age 38 or 48? What are some of the "tricks of the trade" when taking exams?

These and other skill-related questions will be answered throughout this book.