No Periodic Table Required

When it comes to the Science section of the high school equivalency exam, GED, HiSET, and TASC testers are not expected to be the next Albert Einstein! No one will be asked to recite the periodic table of elements or rattle off a confusing series of formulas and solutions. Instead, students will be asked to read through a series of science-based passages and answer questions. This involves the basics of reading and reasoning as well as a general understanding of scientific concepts.

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Study Plans that Work

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a teacher push a stack of books toward you and say, “Here. Go study.” If that’s you, you are not alone!

This “go figure it out” approach to study stops many students dead in their tracks. It’s not that they aren’t willing to put in the effort, it’s simply that no one ever taught them how to study. Just like any other subject, study is a skill, and it CAN be taught. Here are five helpful tips to building an effective study plan.

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Back to Basics

Grab a handful of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a good pair of jeans. Add in some comfy joggers, and in these days of social distancing, you’ve got yourself a wardrobe! In the fashion world, these common pieces of clothing are often referred to as basics. This is because they are considered foundational items upon which you can build your own personal sense of style.

Oddly enough, education has a series of basics too. If you are studying for your high school equivalency (HSE) exam, you know them well. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies are widely cited as the basics of a solid education. But there is an even deeper basic testers need to understand.

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The Stick and The Carrot

An old research study posed that motivation is a balance between reward and punishment. It was based on the scenario of riding a donkey. If the rider wanted the animal to “go,” they needed to prompt the action by placing a carrot just outside the donkey’s reach. This would hopefully nudge the little guy forward. If the donkey didn’t comply, the stick could then be used to give a stern poke as physical motivation. Ouch!

While the carrot and stick theory is outdated, there are still some truths that remain. Let’s examine what we can learn from this motivational technique when it come to studying for and obtaining your HSE credential.

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