One of the biggest challenges students have when learning a lot of new information is retention- their ability to remember what they learned. Of course for those of you studying for the GED you are cramming a lot of knowledge into your short term memory. However what happens to many people on test day is they forget what they studied and their test score suffers. So, how can you help keep what you learned in your long term memory? I can say after years and years of teaching the number one thing you can do that will really increase your retention is taking notes. My observations over the years has been clear: those students that take neat, detailed and excellent study notes almost always score the best on exams. If you just “read” material your brain will shortly forget that you saw- our visual memory is very weak. However when taking notes you must read, write, think and organize your thoughts onto paper- this results in a much more powerful experience for our brains to remember. So, are you taking good notes for the GED? If not you need to start ASAP. Do not depend on the internet or some GED prep book you bought- you must take notes to ensure top results on test day.