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How to Study for Exams

1. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DAILY STUDY.
This includes reviewing your notes from your text and lectures and keeping up with your reading assignments. Studies show that if a student keeps his/her work up to date, reciting his/her textbook readings and class notes and has several short study periods, he/she can remember about 80% of what he/she learns.

2. PLAN A DEFINITE EXAM STUDY SCHEDULE.
Study for an hour or two each day. Stick to this schedule.

3. FIND OUT ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE TEST.
What type of questions will be asked? What content or information will be covered on the test? What sources (the text, outside readings, handouts, lecture notes) will the test questions cover?

4. ORGANIZE AND CONSOLIDATE YOUR NOTES.
Put them into easily remembered categories. Cluster the important ideas and facts in blocks or material on a summary sheet. The summary sheets permit you to concentrate on mastering a manageable amount of notes. Your lecture and text notes should be reduced to 10 pages each. Make flash cards to help review.

5. ALWAYS END YOUR REVIEW OF EACH PAGE WITH A GLANCE BACK.
This is to see the relationships and continuity among the various categories. This also gives you a mental view of the whole picture.

6. RECITE.
Picking up information merely takes 15% of your time, remembering it takes the rest. You need your notes mentally in your mind or they do you no good. This means you must recite them to yourself, to a tape recorder, or to a friend.

7. MAKE UP AN EXAMINATION.
Try to predict what will be on the test. Write down questions and take it like it was the real test. It will show you where you need further studying.

8. LOOK OVER ALL PAST QUIZZES OR EXAMS.
Note the professor's style. Use this when making up your sample test. If some of the old exams cover the same material, look at the material the professor feels is important on the test.

9. USE MEMORY TECHNIQUES OR TRICKS.
Such as analogies, images, rhymes, acronyms, restating and of course reciting. These techniques help in retaining difficult material to remember.

10. FORM A STUDY GROUP.
Meet weekly with a small group of students in your class. Review each others notes, ask each other questions and clarify the main ideas that the teacher is stressing during class. Start a group at the beginning of a semester and keep with it the entire semester.