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Learning to Learn

Effective study skills and test preparation
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Kaylla Paran

on 8 October 2012

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Effective study skills and test preparation Learning to Learn Scheduling: time management made easy Table of Contents Scheduling:Time management made easy Studying: When and where to study You Repeat it out Loud Studying: when and where made easy Listening: listen and learn Researching: where and how to find information Reading: read and remember Note-taking: taking helpful notes Writing: tackling essays Thinking: critical thinking Remembering: how to not forget! Preparing: the basics of test prep Test-taking: different tests-different strategies Learning: using your learning style I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
~Natalie Portman Study area Don't study in places where you can get distracted, like in front of the television. Also have things that you need with you so you wouldn't waste time looking for specific things. Time Management Don't study for too long. Take breaks! Also try to get done earlier so you won't stress. When you complete a task, reward yourself! Your Attitude Remember to concentrate on success, and to defeat your attitudes of failure, fear, over marks, anxiety, or perfection. Try to believe in yourself. Don't think negative! 1) Record
To keep organized, write the things that you want to remember and what you need to do down. 2) Plan
Arrange your assignments in the order that they should be finished in. Try to plan time for them during the day. 3) Do
Follow through your tasks and try to finish it on time. 4) Review
Check off each assignment that you completed and reschedule the ones you haven't. Review the things that need to be done. Learning: Using your learning style B) You Picture it in your Head C) You "Write" it Maybe you are an auditory learner. Maybe you are a visual learner. Maybe you are a tactile/kinesthetic learner. You are considered an auditory learner if you... Can remember stories better when you hear them (not if you read them). You can follow instructions when the are spoken and not written. When you read, you say every word in your head. You are considered a visual learner if you... Remember things written out. You also learn your best from reading. You picture images of things in your head, so you could memorize them. You are considered a tactile/kinesthetic learner if you... Are good at hands-on learning; you can do stuff without instructions intended; you also are good at different types of mazes and puzzles. If this describes your learning, try to... If this describes your learning, try... If this describes your learning, try... Taking notes when the teacher is talking.
Imagine words or facts, so you can remember it.
Try to draw out diagrams or pictures to help you memorize.
Highlight the important stuff or re-write it. Try to color code your notes! To memorize stuff while doing small activities (like walking or exercising) Read and repeat out loud Learn from watching videos. Talk about what you learned with your peers. Try to find a place where it is quiet and peaceful. Make lists or write the things you want to remember. Learn by practicing! And remember... Background music is fine but don`t have loud distracting music! Keep your work area clean! No messes. Don`t work in an area that is too warm or too cold! Have good lighting! Try to answer these questions first! When are you focused?
Are you motivated by getting the hard stuff done first or the easy stuff done first?
Do you study best when alone or with peers?
Does quiet background music help you focus or distract you? Listening: Listen and learn Be a critical thinker. Think about the stuff you hear.
Judge the information and see if it makes sense!
Do you agree to the information you read? Make connections. How does it fit in with the info you already know?
Does your knowledge disprove or prove it? Listening is a very important tool to have. You need an active mind. When you are really listening, you interact with everything that comes at you. Ask questions and get involved! Researching: Where and how to find information Don`t be afraid to ask your teachers! They can help. Take notes on main ideas. Try to listen for important info and list them in your own words Concentrate on the speaker. Focus on who's speaking. It will help you not get distracted that easily. Internet research Reading: Read and Remember The SQ4R Method Survey Question Read Reflect. Record. Recall/review what you are reading. Look over the titles, text, and headings Try to yourself. Do you know anything about your subject? What do you think you'll be learning? Will you be reading the details or the main topics? each portion. When you are done reading... What did you just read? Does it make sense and do you understand it? Do you have any connections or examples with what you read? Try to summarize what you have just read. Try to write down the important points in your own words. Also write questions down to help you later on. the important points and info. Think of it or say it out loud Other Reading Tips: Try to read for fun! If you own one of the books you need, try to highlight the important things. (Don't use library books or a school textbook!) Also don't highlight everything single thing! Yes No Try to list down the name of the book you used, just in case if you need a bibliography.
If you don't understand a word, look in your dictionary or context and take a educated guess. The more you read, the better you get. You can improve and retain better. Note-Taking: taking helpful notes Write the main points and supporting facts down Summarize the main idea or topic, and introduction.
Keep the main idea in mind. Try to find key points. Try to give each non-related point a new section in your notes. The headings in your textbook is the one that will give your main points away. Try to put down important examples under each point, or important details.
Write the conclusion in your own words! A popular way of note-taking is called the Cornell Method. Notable Notes Always use your own words.
Try to put your notes in point form.
Always, write things down that are written on the board.
Use abbreviations and initials. (Like N.A.= North America)
Listen most of the time and don't write too much. The internet is a great place for finding info. Sometimes it is just as easy as clicking "search", but some of the sources you use might not be as reliable. Try to think of these questions before you trust that site. Do you know who put up the website? Are they authorized?
When or why was the website made? Does it express anybody's opinion?
When was the page that you are using put up?
how acknowledged is the work? Does it seem familiar to anything else you have read or heard? Try to look for sources that are well-known or trusted by other people. Library Research The best place to look for trusted information is in the library! Always ask the librarian if you need help! Try to become familiar with your library. Some libraries use the Dewey Decimal System. Find out how your library catalog works. (online or card catalog) All Research Try to use a dictionary or thesaurus! They really help.
Always write the sources down so your teacher would know where you got your information from!
Try to do a personal interview. (If it helps!)
Start off by using an encyclopedia for an intro to your topic! Writing: Tackling essays Thinking: Critical thinking Develop your thinking skills! Think! Don't trust everything that you read, hear, or see.
Try to "challenge" your teacher if you don't agree with something but, don't try to disrespect them.
Find out where your information came from. Sometimes, your information can be biased. Thinking is not always about memorization, it is about coming up with your own results, opinions, and ideas. Great thinking skills will give you better memory on what you had heard, read, and seen. It will also let you learn your subjects more effectively. Remembering: How not to forget! 1) Learn it Well in the First Place Make sure you understand what you are reading or seeing. Then do any assigned reading or exercise. Try to answer and make up your own questions. Preparing: The basics of test prep Test taking: different tests-different strategies 2) Give Yourself Time 3) Review. Recite. Repeat 4) Use Memory Tricks to Help you Remember a.) Introduction b.) Body c.) Conclusion Make a paragraph explaining on what you are going to write about. It should consist your idea. Give each important and main part a paragraph. Each of your paragraphs should have its own topic sentence. Also your paragraphs should make sense and connect logically with the facts before and after it. Repeat the beginning using different words, and give a summary. Then try to put it all together. Essay Tips: Start with an outline.
Try to proofread your work when you are done. Also try to get a peer to proofread your work too.
Check for grammar errors and spelling mistakes.
Keep your writing neat! If you are typing it, make your font readable.
Always, always stick to the word count. Don't go too over and don't make your essay too short. Always review what you had just learned for at least 5-10 minutes. After, use regular spaced review to help you store it in your long-term memory. Try to quickly summarize out loud what you have just read. This is more efficient than re-reading. Before you learn about something new, think about what you know about the topic already.
Organize your information and make a mental outline of the important points and their sub-points.
Try to think of pictures metaphors, or examples to make it memorable. Before Reviewing, Find Out... While Reviewing, You Should... After Reviewing, You Should... What type of test you are doing. Is it going to be multiple choice, open book, etc.
What would your test cover? Write down all the topics, chapters etc. to study.
When would the test be?
Do you have a study guide or a review? Make flashcards or formula review sheets
Take short breaks, so you'd be more alert.
Don't study the night before! Make a study schedule, so you wouldn't need to cram. Gather all the materials you got (such as notes, handouts, etc.) and organize them. Try to make a study group! Also try different study strategies! Have a good night's sleep. Have a well balanced meal. Try to eat fish, soy, or potatoes they are considered "brain food". For All Tests Try to read directions carefully! Listen to the verbs on the question that tell you what to do: compare, underline, circle, etc. Never forget to write your name! Scan the whole test when you get it! Make sure you have all the pages. Take note of the questions that are worth more! Also try to answer what you know you can answer. Go to the ones you don't get last. After scanning your test, write down reminders! Pay attention to the time! Always ask if you need help! When you are done, make sure you have answered all the questions and that you are happy with it. Specific tips for specific tests Math tests: Try to show your work!
If you think you can't solve the question, write the equation down. It might earn you a partial mark.
Be neat! Multiple Choice: If you are doing it on a separate sheet of paper, make sure you put it in the correct spot.
If you don't get it, try to narrow down your answers to two and make a guess!
Try to form an answer in your head! Electronic Tests: Bring a scrap piece of paper so you can write down ideas.
Pay attention to details.
Find out if you skip questions and go back to them later.
It's normal for an electronic test to go harder, so don't panic! Matching: Read through the list first!
Try to match everything.
Check the directions so you can know what you are matching! Short Answers: Try to be specific!
Check to see how many marks the question is worth! Essays: Try to double space.
If you are close to running out of time, put the things in point-form.
Watch your time.
Read the questions, and take note of the verbs! Thank you!
I hoped you enjoyed my first Prezi! Here is an example of what the Cornell Method should look like:
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