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Some students complete homework very well but score poorly on tests. These students either practice poor test taking techniques or have test anxiety. Some students perform better on multiple choice tests, and others perform better on essay tests. When I was a student, I was terrible at multiple choice tests. While my middle school grades were generally quite good, I received D’s on social studies tests because they were multiple choice tests that required memorization of many details. I had learned some memorization techniques and completed many practice tests.

A tutor can help with test taking skills by working on the student’s weak areas. These may include study skills such as memorization strategies, taking practice tests, and essay writing. A student may know everything about a topic and perform swimmingly on an oral test, but fail a written test due to poor writing skills.

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