Tips for studying?

United States
May 22, 2007 4:13pm CST
Does anybody have strategys they used to help themselves study for finals? That's what brought all my grades down last semester and I'm looking for some new study habbits to help me.
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@acmepride (1547)
• United States
22 May 07
I personally try to make it a point to consistently study every day, though I do not have a fixed time frame. When I study, I try to fully comprehend the subject matter first by solely focusing on the material I'm digesting. While reading, I also try my best to take down some important notes in order to commit it to my memory. If I can't fully concentrate, I try to breathe deep or exercise for a while, which usually lasts for 10 minutes. After reading the materials that I have to master, I try to summarize it in my own words. In a way, I try to explain it to someone else or to myself through my own words. If I find that my explanation has loop holes, I try to re-read the stuff I've read to clarify the things that are still a bit unclear to me. Once I have a good grasp of the concepts that I have to learn, I try to explain it to others or to myself again. Then, I try to memorize key terms that would serve as guideposts to the different concepts that I have absorbed. In trying to memorize the subject matter, you could employ numerous memory techniques. I suggest that you scour through the net to find the memory technique that will work best for you. Personally, mnemonic techniques work well for me. Sometimes, I also try to read a whole text or passage aloud, since I find it quite easy to commit it to my memory. I likewise find it easy to memorize when I'm walking. You could also visualize what you're studying, if you're predominantly right-brained so that you could easily remember what you've studied. Try to make your mental pictures very clear and strange or bizarre so that you could recall them easier. Finally, I try to test myself by answering probable or prospective exam questions under time pressure. I somehow simulate the actual exam day. If you have sufficient time, I likewise suggest that you read something about memletics, which is essentially a relatively new way of learning. To learn more about it, you could visit this site, if you want: http://www.memletics. I hope this could be of help to you. Ultimately, though, just confidently believe in yourself and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Good luck!
• United States
22 May 07
Thanks a lot! I really like the idea of trying to repeat it to myself to see if I can put it in my own words. I think that would really help especially with science and history finals. Just a note your link didn't work. Very nice post though.
• United States
23 May 07
One thing you should watch out for is cramming, and procrastination. These are two easy ways to get yourself to memorize the material just long enough to get you through the test. However, if you do this, you are simply memorizing after all, not understanding. Also, you won't remember any of what you "learned" later on. I'm a procrastinator. Try not to let yourself become one, it is such a difficult habit to break out of. The best way to study is to read a little bit of the material every day. Then, the next day, before you start reading again, mentally go over what you read the previous day.
@acmepride (1547)
• United States
23 May 07
Try to add .com after the word memletics and see if it'll work. I truly hope it does. Nevertheless, thanks for appreciating my response.
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• Philippines
23 May 07
Try to read the coverage a few times. I highlight during the first reading, take notes from the highlighted portion during the second reading, and then start my memory work using my notes, again re-reading it once before the exam starts. This technique is a bit time consuming, but it has never failed me. Hope this helps :)
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• United States
23 May 07
We don't own our books so we can't highlight in them.
• India
23 May 07
i strongly feel that anothers persons studey habits may not be useful for others.you should devise your own study habits.anyway,i usually take a nap after coming from school and study at midnight till 2 or 3 in the morning .this has really helped mke to concentrate be cause of the lack of distractions
• United States
23 May 07
If I did this come midnight I'd go right back to sleep. I have better luck doing it right away when I get home, but that's just my study habbits being different just like you said.
• India
23 May 07
I just follow a simple rule to get prepared for the exam. First of all I gather all the required material concerned with the exam. This helps me to be organised at the last moment and doesn't make me panic at the nth hour. Once I have all the material on hand studying the notes is a piece of cake. Most of the times we don't have the material and we get panic during the exam time. I need a 10-15 days for studying the practical subjects and 1-2 days to finish off the theory subjects. Regarding the strategy you can use Mnemonics to remember the list of important points for a particular question. You can create a organisational structure for your whole lesson. Like if you divide your lesson on hierarchial basis it becomes easy to remember the important points and also the relation of these points with other points. This may fetch you more marks as you can make cross-referencing. But before doing all this remember to be ORGANISED.
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• United States
23 May 07
I could use a bit of organization in a few subjects. Some I put all my stuff in folders while in others it gets stuck who knows where.
@cuttyrish (2663)
• United States
23 May 07
For me, when i am studying like for example memorizing some terms from a book or notes, while reading the terms, i am writing it on a paper, outlining it. Sometimes i type my reviewer, in ms word, using two columns and print it afterward. I just read the one i type when i want to memorize it. Also when you are studying dont do other extra activities that might distract you like playing video game, watching tv, etc.
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• United States
23 May 07
Sometimes I attempt to watch tv when doing my study aids like making them, but usually I study in silence.
• United States
22 May 07
Last minute procrastination and all nighters got me through university. I learned an entire semester of geometry in 24 hours once.
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• United States
22 May 07
That's what I usually do. That's probably why I don't do good.
@maehan (1445)
• United States
22 May 07
For myself throughout my education. I studied daily and understand the subject instead of memorize. I am unable to dictate the entire paragraph like my classmate. Thus, what I do is to understand it. For calculation with formulae, I will do lots of question until I remember the formulae. Usually, I will try to evaluate them so I can understand and compute later. Well, if I have exam tomorrow, today will definitely a rest day for me to relax. My advice is do what you are comfortable with. For me, daily revision is easier for me.
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• United States
22 May 07
Yeah, for me atleast I have no issues with the math finals, I know all of it very well, but yeah good idea.
• India
23 May 07
The people here have given some really great tips for studying, but don't get confused. Pick one that will really suit you. Also more important than all these tips is the amount of concentraion you put in. Try to take all factors into account to improve your concentration such as can you concentrate if you are sleepy. If you cant then go to sleep whenever you feel sleepy. Then , does music help you to concentrate ? There are several other factors which affect concentration and you will have to figure out the best way for yourself.
• United States
23 May 07
Yeah so far I'm really liking acmeprides suggestion. The thing is if I go to sleep I don't end up studying.