“A goal is a dream with a finish line.” Duke Ellington
Once a student advances into the high school portion of their General Educational Development (GED) pursuit, the finish line is within reach! You both will need to make sure that as the more challenging curriculum is tackled, you keep in mind the GED testing requirements. Once again, you can be quite a valuable resource for your partner. Here are some nifty suggestions and tips for you to help your loved ones.
What is the GED?
It is crucial to begin to think of your partner’s studies as fitting into a category that they will eventually be tested on. The GED exam is made up of 4 subjects, broken into 4 separate exams: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts (Reading and Writing are tested separately), Social Studies, and Science.
Your partner will not have to take all exams at once. They can space them out and go at their own pace. You can benefit your partner by breaking the topics they discuss with you into the correct categories. You don’t even have to understand the content yourself. You are still a great resource in that you will be talking about where a subject shows up on the test and what format may be used.
Utilize the Internet
Your partner will be given practice tests in school and will need to reach a certain pre-test level before being asked to take the official test. However, you are in a unique position in that you can provide additional practice and focus them directly on studying correctly. There are several websites with free practice questions you can print out for them.
- Free GED Practice Tests  | 500+ Questions and Answers
- People can practice every category here. You can print out these questions and send them to your loved one. Once you answer them, you can see what the correct answers were and send those along.
- Free GED Sample Test Online for Adults
- This is another good practice area you can consider printing, but if nothing else, before each test begins, this site offers test taking suggestions well worth printing.
- Free GED Practice Test 2020 – GED Sample Tests
- This is a very inclusive website with a lot you can capture here and send to them.
You are giving your partner an advantage by taking the time to provide them with more practice, focusing on the test format, and introducing it to your conversations.
Best Study Guides
If you can get them a useful study guide, it will be quite a blessing. Prison libraries and classrooms often don’t have the budget to have the latest manuals. Sadly, they can usually only offer the incarcerated use in the school or library itself.
- GED Test Prep Plus 2021: 2 Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online (Kaplan Test Prep)
- GED Study Guide 2020 and 2021 All Subjects: GED Test Prep 2020 and 2021 with 2 Practice Tests
- GED Study Guide 2020-2021 All Subjects: Test Prep Book with Practice Questions for the General Educational Development Exam
- The GED Tutor Book: GED Study Guide 2020 All Subjects with Practice Test Questions
Another fun thing to do is to create a study guide together. Remember, just like you did before, focus on the subjects that the student is struggling to comprehend. Many articles cover the topics of the specific materials covered on the GED. They can help you both in creating questions and quizzes.
Check this one out when you get a chance.
Time, Time, Time
You both have started your time management work. Maybe you even signed up for the daily planner sheet and sent one to your loved one, which is a great aid. You both can use the planner sheet to create a daily or even a weekly outline with a study schedule. Remind your partner to ask themselves these questions: How long are you going to study each day? Which content area are you focusing on? What materials are you using to study?
The planner sheet can also be used to track the tasks you are doing as their GED partner.
Keep in mind the more often your partner studies will increase their chance of successfully passing the GED. Let your partner know about brain fatigue. No one should go beyond 90 minutes studying without a 10-minute break (90 minutes 4 days a week is plenty). Studying can be broken up in intervals, maybe 30 minutes at a time. Remember our tips on how to study.
In conclusion, you are sending a message to your loved one that you both are in this together. You have each other, and you help one another. Not much feels better in life than knowing you aren’t alone. That somebody is interested in what you do and how you feel. That is what lifts you when you are down and makes the finish line have more meaning.