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5 Study Secrets You'll Want to Know

5 Study Secrets You'll Want to Know
Pre-test jitters are natural, but being under-prepared can heighten your anxiety. Use these tips to test like a pro.


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Studying better

When it comes to studies, most of us tend to get really stressed. Which is basically normal, as it is about evaluating our own knowledge in the different fields. However, there are some tips that can help you pass the exams without freaking out. For instance, going through the books properly: checking out the glossary, index, study questions, can really prove helpful when starting to learn for a subject.


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Make use of sticky notes

Using sticky notes is extremely useful when studying for an exam: not only do you summarize the information, but you can also go directly to the needed page, as the note is stuck to that very page.



Using graph organizers

Graph organizers are forms that you can fill out with important information. When starting to actually learn for a test, you just have to go again through this information. Furthermore, graph organizers such as Cornell notes worksheet enable you to check your knowledge at any given moments through different quizzes.



Evaluate yourself

After having finished to study, make up your own practice test, which is supposed to evaluate your knowledge on that given topic. If you are unsatisfied with the result, just go back to study some more.



Use flashcards

Flashcards are always a good idea! Try making flashcards before taking an actual test: on the front of the card write down a term or a question and on the back of it the definition or the answer. You are most certainly going to go back to this studying method, as it has proven its efficiency so many times before.




Note-taking: a powerful tool for learning

  • Notes extend your memories: writing can be seen as an external enhancement of your brain, allowing you to think more complicated thoughts and solve harder problems.
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Figure out your purpose

Ask yourself why are you reading:

  • What am I trying to remember? 
  • How am I going to use this information? (e.g. on a test, cited in an essay, etc.)
  • What do I plan to do with the notes later? Will you be studying off of them extensively? Or maybe you’re just taking notes to stay focused, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll look through them after?

Strategies for note-taking

  • Jot notes in the margin. These aren’t particularly searchable, but they allow you to reiterate the main idea.
  • Keep a small notepad on the side, take breaks each section to jot down the main ideas. 
  • Create flashcards. In the rarer situations where memorization of details is important, then a simple strategy can be to just create flashcards while you take notes. 

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Re-reading doesn't help

Don't just re-read your notes. When you first read, you extract a lot of information, but when you do it the second time, you read with a sense of 'I know this, I know this.'


Ask lots of questions

Read once and then quiz yourself. Retrieving that information is what actually produces more robust learning and memory.

Even if you get the answers wrong, you'll still have an idea of what you don't know. This helps guide your studying more effectively.

Make connections

Relate new information to prior information for better learning.

During a second reading, try to connect new information to something you already know.

Visual Learning

... is learning by seeing the information through images, graphs, and other visual materials.

Study Tips for Visual Learners

  • Color Code. Assign color to common themes in your lectures, when highlighting information.
  • Organize your notes by compiling handouts, putting tabs, writing neatly, using outlines, to make your notes appealing.
  • Study the Graphics. Use charts and graphics in your textbook to easily remember information.
  • Draw pictures or figures to accompany the information you're trying to learn.
  • Watch documentaries or videos to get a bigger picture and expand your knowledge on the topic you want to learn.
  • Draw concept maps to easily categorize a certain subject. Illustrate pictures relating to each subtopic.