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Basics on How to Study

By Joyce Woodford

Start on the first day of class.

  • Do all the right stuff all along. You know... go to all the classes ... do all the homework...STUDY...from the beginning.
  • Get enough sleep (that means about 8 hours every night) all along.
  • Eat right. Yup, your Mom was right... You are what you eat.
  • Each class meeting, ask yourself what might be on a test. Get the answer.
  • Keep excellent class notes.

NOW, here's more on how you can LEARN AS YOU GO.... 

  • Some things have to be memorized
    • make lists of them
    • use mnemonic devices to remember the lists
    • give yourself enough time to memorize the information
  • Have several study review sessions. Don't try to do it all at once.
  • Study beyond simple recognition of the information.
  • Know the teacher's style.
  • Go to all the review sessions.
  • Picture yourself doing well.

And while you're taking the test...

  • Arrive early. Bring everything you need. Bring extra stuff too.
  • Walk into the test knowing you genuinely have prepared your best.
  • Be certain you understand all directions.
  • Get settled and remain relaxed.
  • Review the entire test and organize your thoughts before beginning.
  • Know if you should guess what you don't know, or if there will be a penalty for guesses.
  • Work steadily, skipping what you don't know and coming back to it.
  • Look for clues in the questions.
    • read questions carefully
    • know exactly what is being asked:
      • does the question have multiple parts?
      • multiple negatives?
      • qualifiers?
      • absolutes?
      • any key words or phrases?
      • agreement clues (i.e., single or plural) ?
      • space clues (i.e., long or short answer)?
    • look for answer clues in other questions
  • when you answer, provide too much information rather than too little
  • be concrete and factual unless instructed otherwise
  • remember tips your teacher gave - you studied and you ave prepared!!!
  • Keep your work neat.
  • Review your answers before you hand them in.
  • Don't worry about what anyone else is doing in the test.
  • Think positive. Do your best. Breathe.

Then AFTER an exam or quiz

  • Follow up.
    • What did you miss?
    • Why did you miss it?
    • What is the answer?

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