There are a number of effective techniques that you can use to fill your head with the information you need to breeze through your NYSTCE
1. Organize Your Priorities
No one excels at everything. There will inevitably be some subjects at which you are stronger and others at which you are weaker. You'll need to make sure that you spend more time memorizing and learning in your weaker areas than in your stronger ones.
Don't worry if it looks like there's a huge difference between the amount of work you have to do to prepare for the NYSTCE
test and the amount of time you have to do it. It is important to use a professionally prepared NYSTCE
study guide that includes quality NYSTCE
practice questions. The next step will be to chop down the work.
2. Pick and Store
Once you've identified those areas that will need the most work, read all the information in your NYSTCE
manual through once. Highlight the most important points (don't just underline: it's easier to picture a highlighted page than an underlined sentence).
There are a number of different methods that you can then use to store your information in your head:
3. Get It Rammed Right In There!
- Break up what you need to learn into bite-sized chunks. There’s a limit to how much you can stuff into your short-term memory in one go. Take each piece a little at a time.
- Acrostics help you remember lists in the right order by turning them into strange sentences. My Dear Aunt Sally is the famous way to remember to Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract. You can create your own acrostic for any set of facts.
- Turn your notes into notes. If you can put the words you’re trying to memorize to a tune you like, you’ll find them much easier to remember. You might not be able to hum in the exam, but you can sing in the shower -- and in the process, keep memorizing for the NYSTCE exam.
Cramming only puts the information you want in your head for a short time (using what you've memorized will keep it there for the long term). In order to keep what you've memorized from falling out before your exam, you'll need to keep seeing it and going over it right up until you need it on the day of your NYSTCE
It is never too early to begin studying for your NYSTCE
so you can pass your New York teacher certification test the first time you take it.