How to Study

You might be freaking out right now because you have an assessment tomorrow. (An assessment is a test or quiz.) 

Well what I do when I have an important test or quiz is I make a pre-test for myself including the most main points and I make flashcards including the most detailed facts. 

Pre-test (this is only the basics of what you are learning) 

I look at all of my notes and put together a worksheet as if I was a teacher. 

Here's what supplies you'll need: 

  • a notebook (lined) that is dedicated to pre-tests for every subject
  • a colored pen or a highlighter for writing and making the pre-test 
  • a pencil to complete the pre-test
  • a red pen for correcting 

Now here's how to make the pre-test:

  1. Get out your lined notebook and flip to the first open page. 
  2. Get out your notes and previous worksheets you've done. 
  3. Get out your colored pen (black will work also)
  4. Start making the questions. They can be in any format you want (multiple choice, open response, matching). Label each question with a number (1,2,3,4,5,6, etc.)

*When making the questions, choose only the main points of the concept. The main points are often definitions, or just a basic formula or rule. They can be found in the top of a worksheet or in the highlighted parts of your notes. 

For example, look at this set of notes about the book, The Giver. 

The Giver Notes

The Giver is set in an Utopian Community. Utopia means that it is an attempt to be perfect. 

In chapter 1-5, we are introduced to the Community. We learn these things:

  • it is Utopian
  • they have lots of rules
  • morning ritual = telling of dreams
  • have bikes
  • etc...
  • etc...
  • etc...
  • etc...
  • etc...
  • etc...

It looks like the main point is, "The Giver is set in an Utopian Community. Utopia means that it is an attempt to be perfect." 

To learn this, you could take out the main words, such as 'attempt' and 'perfect'. 

Back to the steps

5. Leave spaces between the questions to space everything out. 

6. Once you finish making all the questions, put away your notes and worksheets so you don't have the answers right in front of you. There's no limit on how many questions you can have.

7. Then get out your pencil and answer them. 

8. Correct your work. Use a red pen. No changing answers in pencil so you don't lose points!!

You should take questions directly from the worksheets and notes. Put a mark next to the original problem so that you can go back to it for the correct answer.

Once you finish, go into your notes and grade the problems. If you have 13 problems, make a fraction. The top should be the questions that you had correct and the bottom should be 13. 

Say you got 11 out of 13. 

                                                      11

                                                   _____

                                                     13

You should circle it, but I cannot do that on my laptop. Then, using a calculator (either on your phone, laptop, or normal calculator) type:

11 <divided by sign> 13

 

So this is 11 divided by 13. I would round to 85% and out that on the top of the very first page of your pre-test, next to the fraction. The percent should also be circled. 

You will get your official percent. If it is a long number then just round up, like I did above. 

This has helped me ace all of my tests and quizzes. I would highly recommend using it. It is so helpful. Don't slack on it. Put as many questions as you need,  but only cover main points. 

Now, for the more specific points. 

Make flashcards for the most detailed topics you have to remember. You should write in pencil or pen, only black. 

Write on a colored flashcard. One side should be lined and the other should be unlined. The lined side should have the fact and the unlined side should have the term. For example, archeology. 

The front (the unlined side should have the term, archeology) 

Make sure it is in the correct spelling and grammar. 

The back (the lined side) should have the definition. 

  1. :  the scientific study of material remains (as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities

  2. :  remains of the culture of a people

Find the Merriam-Webster definition here

Quizzing yourself on the flashcards

Get someone else to quiz you. The only requirements for this person are that they need to know how to talk, read and say a bit more challenging words. 

The reason why someone else should quiz you is because (and everyone does this, even me!) you might want to look because you don't know the answer. This is not the right way to study. If you don't know the definition, then the other person will tell you and you will repeat it several times. 

Do this until you feel you know some of the terms, and don't know some of them. Make 3 piles. One should be terms you know by heart. One should be terms you get sometime right, sometimes wrong. One should be terms you really struggle on. 

Terms you know by heart should be put aside. 

Terms you get sometimes right, sometimes wrong should be also put to the side. 

Study the ones you really don't know, until you have them down. Then go to the ones you sometimes get right, sometimes wrong. Study those. 

Once you have all of them down, have the person quizzing you do a "test-run". They will quiz you on all of the terms, without stopping. Any you get wrong, will go in a separate pile. Any you get correct you will put somewhere else. 

Study the ones you keep getting wrong until you have them down. 

Good luck on you test/quiz!!

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