I bet you’ve started studying already, probably the ASVAB Study Guide firm in hand. And you may feel a bit stressed. Those 9 areas of expertise you have to master can really keep you up at night.
And that would be a big mistake! Why? I’ll tell you in a minute!
In this post, I’m going to share a few unconventional tips with you. That’s why I call it “cheat sheet” – although one of the cheats I’ll share with you is actually a LEGITIMATE cheat sheet…
1) Take Naps and Get Enough Sleep
Seriously. Take regular study breaks and use as many of them as possible to take naps. Why?
Because your brain will be more efficient at storing the info you just studied in your brain – in a way that makes it easier to retrieve when you need it.
2) Review Regularly And Often
The more you review, the more reliable your brain will get at retrieving that crucial information when you need it. If you don’t review it, it will think it’s not important and will deposit it in some dark corner where you may not ever find it again.
3) About the Automotive Section
You should know that the automotive section does not only deal with cars and car related stuff but also with general handyman topics, like different kinds of screwdrivers and wrenches and so on. So be sure to study that stuff too.
4) Find a Great Study Guide
I have found that having a comprehensive study guide and learning section can be really helpful. Check out the ASVAB Practice Center
In fact, take lots of ASVAB online practice tests too! They will get you in the habit of tackling those questions under time pressure so it won’t throw you off when you take the real thing.
5) Stay Cool Under Pressure
Among the most important things you need to handle is stress. Yes, it’s a bit related to the sleep thing. If you’re stressed, your brain will basically shut down and refuse to either absorb information or retrieve it when you need it. Ever drawn a complete blank? Well, if you did, you know what I’m talking about.
So how can you stay cool? As it so happens, I’ve written a great guide on it, which you can find here:
6) Keep Using Your Stress Relief Techniques
Yes, use them, while you study, when you get nervous about your test, and while you are actually taking the test. Just don’t relax too much. After all, you don’t want to be so laid back that you’ll fall asleep while taking the test…
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7) About That Do-It-Yourself LEGITIMATE Cheat Sheet
I promised you that I’d tell you about a cheat sheet you can create yourself – and that would be totally legit.
Before you enter the test, review a list of things you are most likely to forget when you’re under stress. For example, formulas for math and arithmetic problems. Lists of technical equipment that you might forget, and whatever else you might find helpful. Have a list in your head.
And once you get to the test center, either use the back of your paper test, or your official scratch paper for note-taking, and immediately start jotting them all down. That way, you won’t be able to forget them and can just retrieve the info you need. This will reduce your stress greatly, and it will help you score better because you have the key info you’ll need at your finger tips.
Just be sure to clear the scratch paper with the proctor, so they won’t accuse you of cheating. Use the official paper, or let them make a mark on blank sheets of paper, so you can later prove that they were in fact blank before you started the test.
This is VERY helpful and has saved my own back many times – and my students’ back too.
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