Final Study Tips. Set up a schedule so you know what you will be reviewing each night, and know that you can cover everything in the time you have. ...
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Reading your notes
– reading is the first step only
Teach someone else
– teaching material forces you to understand it completely
– if you don’t understand the material, you will soon discover your weaknesses when you try to teach it
– reading your notes out loud helps you to focus and remember what you are reading
– reciting your notes without looking at them after reading tests your memory
B. Write out your notes
– writing down the content helps you to remember the material
– writing is much more effective than just reading and reciting the content
3. Read – read carefully and take notes
4. Recall – actively remember what you have read by talking aloud, or writing it down
5. Review – use as many techniques as you can to review the important material by yourself and/or with a peer
e.g. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge for the musical note names EGBDF
My Very Efficient Mother, Judy, Stacked Up Nine Plates (the names of the planets)
Roy G. Biv
(the colours of the spectrum)
What mnemonics have you used?
Create a mnemonic to memorize the factors leading to WW1 (from grade 10 history):
Franco-Prussian War, Alliances,
Nationalism, Assassination of
Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1914)
Studying with a partner can be very effective if both partners are on-task. Together, you can do the following:
When you think you know the material, teach a parent, a friend, a sibling, a neighbour, anyone who will listen to you.
Have them ask you questions
as if they don’t understand the
material and that will force you
to see if you know it – if not, go
back to review or get assistance.
Set short and long-term goals to reach your target. For example,
In the next half hour, I’ll create
cue cards for 10 definitions.
I’ll study these definitions every night for three nights before the test.
Study a difficult subject first. Set a time limit and move on to easier or more interesting work.
Skim each lesson quickly. Get an overview, keep the purpose in mind, then tackle details and difficulties.Final Study Tips
Set up a schedule so you know what you will be reviewing each night, and know that you can cover everything in the time you have.
Know the format of the exam – essay question, short answer, multiple choice, etc.
Don’t assume something won’t be on the examFinal Study Tips
The best remedy for nerves is to be prepared. An exam is designed to allow you to show what you know. If you are prepared, you can look forward to the challenge!
(and good luck!)