Dear Amy: I get good grades on my homework, but my test grades are never as good. Do you have any tips for doing better on tests? — Michael, Midland, Texas
Dear Michael: There are lots of things you can do to make taking tests a little easier. Start by improving your study skills with the tips at how-to-study.com/study-skills/en/39.asp. Once you know the material well, try taking a practice exam from your textbook or create your own with example questions and problems from your textbook. This is also a good chance to practice a test-taking strategy, such as the DETER strategy at how-to-study.com/study-skills/en/46.asp. Having a plan of action can help you stay focused during the exam. Finally, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before the test and eat a healthy breakfast on exam day. You can do it!
Dear Amy: Is there an easy way to learn multiplication facts? — Andrea, Sacramento, Calif.
Dear Andrea: Practice is the key to memorizing, and finding a fun way to practice will make it easy to learn math facts. Try playing the multiplication games at 4kids.org/games. You can also check out tips from Dr. Math at mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.learn.multiply.html.
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