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Helpful Study Skills & AdviceHere are some ideas that students have found to be very helpful as they prepared for exams and tests.
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- Study in a different places; it improves the amount of knowledge retained when the test comes. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html)
- Study a bunch of different stuff all at the same time. For example, if you have a test on the circulatory system, make a list of all of the terms you need to know, then randomly go from term to term. Go from coronary artery to venule, for example. (http://web.williams.edu/Psychology/Faculty/Kornell/Publications/Kornell.Castel.Eich.Bjork.2010.pdf)
- Try writing, speaking and reading the material. Each technique stimulates your brain in a different way, and cultivates much deeper and solid understandings of the concepts which can lead to higher test scores. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html)
- Do not wait until the day of the test to study. Try your best. Don't give up. Studying leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to success.
- Read your notes and handouts again and again. Then read them out loud!
- Rewrite your notes.
- Look up words you don't understand or know, read about them, and then explain the words you just learned to other people.
- Try to explain what you need to know to someone who does not know the information (example: parents, guardians, brothers, sisters, friends).
- Draw pictures of what the words you need to know mean. While you are drawing, think or say out loud the concepts or words you are drawing.
- Make flashcards and play games with them. Click here for instructions!
- Do not listen to people talking about the test right before it is passed out or in the hall as you wait to go in. Doing so will just make you nervous, and you might lose your confidence.
Helpful links to improve studying and learning
- Top 10 Tricks to Boost Your Memory and Remember Anything
- Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing
- Study and Success Strategies from UC Berkeley
- Online Study Resources from Princeton
- Learning Strategies Inventories: Assess How You Learn from Dartmouth
- Study Tips Resources from Stanford
- Learn to make and use flashcards for success
- Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques
- How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores
- To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
- Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
- Caffeine boosts memory
- Notes on paper better than on computer or tablet
- Learn Your Lesson: Using Effective Study Strategies
- Make a study plan
- A student site for ACT takers
- Exam day checklist
- Science ACT Section Description
- Science ACT Sample Questions