or how to get 'A's and still have a life
Learn your most difficult material first and review it last.
Try to study when your mind is receptive to learning. When you're too tired or
distracted you can't learn effectively.
Actively learn difficult to remember material. Use multiple mnemonics,
integrate concepts, and free associate. Don't be afraid to be weird and
Read once very carefully for content, highlighting only the most important
material and making notes in the margins. Review by skimming only the
highlighted parts and notes.
Try to recap in your own words each paragraph or section you read. What
is the main idea? Sum it up in a word or a sentence.
Read the instructor's mind. Pay close attention to topics the instructor
repeats, writes down, emphasizes, or asks questions about.
Participate in study groups. Explain the concepts to each other --teaching is a
great way of learning.
Rest and eat properly before the exam. Try a light breakfast or lunch
high in protein with a moderate amount of caffeine.
In addition to careful review throughout the semester, cram (review) the night
before and the day of the exam. (this is called priming)
Take excellent notes and review them before class each day. A little
maintenance of your learning is MUCH easier than relearning later.
Make studying your last activity before sleeping (something may stick).
Break up your studying periods with short (5-15 minute),
Streamline your mind during finals week! i.e. drop your usual TV
programs, newspaper reading, and other information competing for "brain
Practice taking the test by doing problems and questions likely to be on an
exam. Write your answers completely and force yourself to work quickly.
Involve as many of your senses as you can in your learning. Lecture, reading,
writing, drawing (doesn't have to be good), or anything else that helps make
your learning active.
Get test-smart! There are many excellent books on test taking strategy
available at the library.
Exchange notes and discuss lecture and readings with others. Talking about a
subject makes it something you've experienced instead of just an abstract
Make the material personally meaningful. Think of examples in your life.
Think about what you've been learning while going to sleep, waiting in lines,
and other "down time."
The above tips are an assortment of plagiarized,
re-discovered, and wholly original half-baked ideas. I would like to give
proper credit where credit is due, but lack the time to find all the references
(I'll take care of it before the first royalty check). ©Copied right 1995
Back to Ry's homepage