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Active Study Strategies

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by Holly Hassemer on 23 August 2013

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Transcript of Active Study Strategies

How do you study now?

If you:
read
your notes
look over
your notes
review
your notes
...you are being passive and probably less effective.
You need to get
A
C
T
I
V
E
!

Here are 4 active study strategies to help you do it!
Study
Smarter.
Be
Active!

Recopy
Notes
Read Notes Aloud
Predict
Test
Questions

Create
Study
Sheets
Create study sheets to condense lecture or reading notes into short one-page summaries. Do this by reviewing the notes and selecting the main ideas, important concepts, and key examples and terms.
It works well to do this once per week for each class, condensing all the notes from that week's classes into one page.
Then when its exam time, you can study your one-page condensed study guides instead of trying to relearn countless pages of notes.
Find it difficult to pick out the most important ideas? Better to tackle this the week you take the notes than to try to figure it out just before the exam!
These four ACTIVE strategies can make your study time effective and efficient.

Try one or all of them as they fit your classes, and GOOD LUCK this semester!!
Predicting test questions is a great strategy
to help you get away from memorization
and focus on understanding concepts from
multiple perspectives.
Here's how it works: First, review
notes from a given lecture. Think
about what content is important and
how it might be incorporated into a
test question.
Next, write one or more possible
test questions based upon that content.

Perhaps write one multiple choice,
one True/False, and one short answer.
The point is not to be psychic and guess
what will be asked.

The point is to get away from straight memorization and to think about content in more complex ways.
If you predict some test questions after each lecture, you can use them at exam time to prepare for the test. (Don't forget to save the answers.)

Just take the sample test you created with all your predicted test questions!
Recopy your lecture notes into a
separate notebook or type them after class.
Maybe copy the slides or
outlines if they are provided.
Recopy them word for word
or reorganize as you go.
Maybe add graphics, symbols, or color
to aid in retention.
Ideally, you will do this within
a day or two of lecture.
Recopying or typing your notes after class is a great active way to study!
Read your notes aloud with others in the class, to your mom,
or by yourself!
In a study group, one person begins reading the notes from the beginning of the lecture. Group members listen, comment, ask questions and clarify.
After a brief period, switch readers and next person begins reading the notes at that point.
Even studying alone, you will be amazed how different reviewing material is when articulating the content aloud.
Reading aloud works beautifully if you
study lecture material once per week or more!
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