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5 Study Secrets You'll Want to Know

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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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.

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.

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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.
  • Not...

How to Take Notes While Reading

  1. Figure out your purpose.
  2. Choose a technique that maximizes your focus on what is most relevant for your purpose. 
  3. Decide whether to optimize for review or retrieval practice.  
  4. If you do need to go back into the text again and again, create clues in your notes that can help you find what you’re looking for faster.

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?

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The Art of Note-Taking

The Art of Note-Taking

Even in an age where laptops rule, notetaking is still the tool of choice for highly successful students, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Tim Ferris attributes his notetaking style as one o...

The Cornell Method

This simple and highly systematic note-taking method helps you to understand key ideas and relationships easily. Best used for:

  • Gathering information from a seminar or presentation.
  • Recording college lecture notes.
  • Studying literature or a textbook.

Cornell Method: How to take notes

  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise.
    3. Create question cues in the left-hand column that you will use later as a study tool.
  3. At the bottom section of the page, summarize the main ideas of your notes. Ask yourself how you would explain this information to someone else. Keep it concise.

Read over your notes in the left-hand column and summary at the bottom as often as possible. Quiz yourself with the questions you've included in the left column. Repeat often to increase your recall and deepen your comprehension.

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The Cornell Method

The Cornell Method

Divide your paper into three sections: a 2.5” margin to the left, a 2” summary section on the bottom, and a main 6” section.

  • The main 6" section is used for note-taking during class.

The Mapping Method

The page is organized by topic. While in class, start with the main topic. Branch off and write a heading for each of the subtopics. Add important notes underneath each subtopic.

This method is useful for visual learners. It helps you understand the relationships between topics.

The Outlining Method

Use headings and bullet points with supporting facts.

  • During a lesson, begin your notes with a bullet point for the main topic.
  • The first subtopic is placed below and indented slightly to the right.
  • Jot down the details below your heading and slightly to the right.

This method is useful when a topic includes a lot of detail.

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