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Erica Whiting
Licensed Clinical Psychologist • AATBS EPPP Coach

Study Tip: Monitor Your Progress

It's very important to monitor your progress regularly. 

You can do this by taking quizzes and tests, running through flashcards, or completing reviews of the material using strategies like fill in the blanks. Your performance on these various activities will help you determine what content you've mastered and what you still need to work on and ultimately help you decide where you need to focus your time and attention to make the best use of your time. As you monitor your progress, be sure to assess why concepts aren't clicking. This can help you determine how to tailor your studying and/or test taking strategies to meet your specific needs (e.g., using more interactive learning strategies, practicing not changing your answers on the test, increasing recall through more review etc).

Anytime you take a practice test or quiz, you’re giving yourself valuable data about how you take tests, what your common errors are, and where you can improve. 

Use this to your advantage and take the mystery out of what you need to study next. I’ve heard test takers say they just need to review more, and in some cases, that’s absolutely true, but there are also times when test takers actually know the answer, they’re just missing key words from questions, getting anxious and picking any answer, or the more common pitfall, they change their correct answer to an incorrect one!!

For more tips on reviewing practice tests and quizzes click here!

Erica Whiting
Licensed Clinical Psychologist • AATBS EPPP Coach

Study Aid: Beck's Cognitive Triad of Depression

Aaron Beck proposed that there are 3 cognitive components that fuels an individual's depression -- the Cognitive Triad. In turn, these negative schemas lend itself to a sense of hopelessness. 

  • Negative View of Self -- "I'm worthless or inadequate."
  • Negative View of One's Experiences/World -- "No one cares about me."
  • Negative View of the Future -- "I'll never be worthy."

**It's important to note that some studies suggest that negative beliefs can be a more accurate reflection of reality. 

Erica Whiting
Licensed Clinical Psychologist • AATBS EPPP Coach

Test Taking Tip: Second Guessing

You've read through the question and chosen an answer, but there's just something about one of the other answer choices that you can't let go. It looks like a legitimate answer, maybe it's a term you forgot? It sounds like a good answer, but you can't quite put your finger on why it may or may not be a good answer. So before moving on, you quickly change your answer to this shiny, new answer and submit your test, only to find out you not only got it wrong, but your original answer was correct! We've all been there and we've heard the very rational advice of "just don't change your answer..." Easier said than done right?

If this is a common trap that you fall into, check out the tips below to help you weigh your options and practice not changing your answers unless one of the following is true.

  1. You recalled additional relevant information. If new information comes to mind (you have an "a-ha" moment or another question gives you the information you needed), then re-evaluate the question with the new information and review the answers with this information in mind.
  2. You misread or misinterpreted the question or answer choices. Sometimes we miss a keyword or read a sentence incorrectly, which changes the meaning of the question or answer. If you're considering changing your answer, re-read the question and answer options to make sure you are reading what's in front of you and not adding or missing words... (More)