Updated: Feb 14
Many students struggle with how to study. Some students think that simply doing the review guide from the teacher is enough to ace an exam. Others re-read their notes or book. These are great to start, but not enough.
Follow these quick tips when a test or quiz is on the horizon!
1. Use Graphic Organizers to visually represent the information
-Show the relationship between the big ideas/main topics and details/
2. Oral Rehearsal
-Follow your Graphic Organizer as you explain the topics out loud either to yourself or
a parent, friend, tutor, etc.
3. Use a timer for work periods & breaks
-For example, work for 20 minutes, break for 3 minutes
4. Create Questions
-Write down questions that could be on a test/quiz
-Create correct and incorrect answers
-Think ahead through any potential mistakes or misunderstandings that may come up
during the test.
The big idea to remember is that you need to process the information multiple times in multiple ways to really get it down. That's why all of the above strategies utilize different brain functions. You must do more than simply read the information. Summarize the information orally, write it in outline form, create a visual organizer, and ask questions. The great 17th century philosopher John Locke said:
"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
Make the knowledge your own, friends!
Schedule a session to go over these tips in more detail - Zoom or in person! Or leave a comment and let me know which of these tips worked well for you!