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Question Tips and Tricks? - October 19th 2016, 02:37 PM

I've already posted a thread about studying advice for a high school student but I'm trying to get myself in the best place possible considering my depression and anxiety affect my studying hugely.

Does anyone have a little tip or trick they find useful when it comes to studying or something that helps with exam technique eg. how to avoid overwriting on essay questions, managing time ect. ?

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Re: Tips and Tricks? - October 19th 2016, 08:08 PM

1) Put the technology away. Don't keep your phone near you. It can be very distracting.
2) Always read the question (in a test) at least twice, even if you think you know the answer.
3) Try to study at the same place every time. Try to study somewhere quiet, at a desk.
4) What helps you remember the information the best? Note cards? Some people take notes while rereading the information. Others make a practice test for themselves.
5) Study the areas you're weaker in and try not to focus too much on what you already know.


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Re: Tips and Tricks? - October 19th 2016, 09:36 PM

I would say for essay questions you should make a quick outline on paper or in your head on what you want to cover and in what order. That tends to make writing a little faster, at least for me.



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Re: Tips and Tricks? - October 23rd 2016, 06:18 AM

I use Quizlet a lot and it helps me. It has a mobile app as well that you can use when you don't have access to the computer. I've been using quizlet for 4 years now and it helps me a lot. You can use sets that are already made or you can create your own. I know that my teacher who introduced use to it had her own sets that we could use to study from. But ever since that class, I've been making my own sets and using them to study for quizzes, tests and final exams. Quizlet also gives you several different options when it comes to studying:
1. Flashcards. I use these when I don't feel like bringing my q cards with me or if I'm out and have spare time. It's great because you always have access to flashcards no matter where you are.
2. Speller is best for when you need to learn words and the spelling. I don't use it super often.
3. Learn mode is great for testing what you know.
4. If you're into games, Gravity is something cool as well.
5. Test I love this feature, I will make tests and use it to quiz myself on what I know and what I need to study. You can also tailor it to how your test will be (multiple choice, short answer, true and false, matching, etc) or make a test using different combinations of the means.

I also rewrite my notes both right after class to help solidify the information and because I use abbreviations and symbols so I can keep up with the information. I also learn better if I rewrite out the information a few times. I usually rewrite the notes right after class, make q cards and then rewrite the basics and fill in the rest (kind of like a quiz).

Teaching other people the information/quizzing others is helpful as well. It helps me to explain concepts, definitions or anything else out loud to someone else.

For essay questions I usually make a quick outline on a spare sheet of paper with what I wish to include and the order to keep me from going all over the place.

Making practice tests are super helpful for me (I use quizlet but you can make them up yourself) and then I print it out and use that to test what I know vs what I need to study.

I usually study for 30-45 minutes before taking a 5-10 minute break to get up and stretch my legs. Study if possible in the same environment that your exam will be. For example, I study at a desk or I will even go to the library and study in one of the individual desks. Sometimes you can even snag an empty classroom and study in there!

I also study before I go to bed (usually 30 minutes) even if it's just rereading my notes and such and it helps me personally.

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Re: Tips and Tricks? - October 24th 2016, 11:16 AM

For me, since I have an attention disorder (its a weird one), i basically give in to my brain. I work in short bursts, so I spend longer and work then.
Also, a snack (like a sandwich or something) does NOT help me because I just end up focusing on eating it. But stuff like nuts do, because i can eat and work.
I also listen to heaps of music, since overloading myself is my way to work. so tons of the music i like.


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