What are the most effective study methods that have worked for you?

Question by Ariana L: What are the most effective study methods that have worked for you?
Lately, I’ve been having trouble studying. You know, same old, same old.
I’d appreciate it if you could give me some good tips/methods that have worked for you, now that I’m trying to focus even more on my studies. 😀
Thank you!

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Answer by ☠Green Day. Everyday.☠
study with a friend

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One Response to “What are the most effective study methods that have worked for you?”

  1. Sean Roberts says:

    Before you read, Survey the chapter: the title, headings, and subheadings, captions under pictures, charts, graphs or maps, review questions or teacher-made study guides, introductory and concluding paragraphs summary

    Question while you are surveying: Turn the title, headings, and/or subheadings into questions.
    Read questions at the end of the chapters or after each subheading. Ask yourself, “What did my instructor say about this chapter or subject when it was assigned?” Ask yourself, “What do I already know about this subject?” Note: If it is helpful to you, write out these questions for consideration. This variation is called SQW3R

    When you begin to Read: Look for answers to the questions you first raised. Answer questions at the beginning or end of chapters or study guides. Reread captions under pictures, graphs, etc.
    Note all the underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases Study graphic aids. Reduce your speed for difficult passages.
    Stop and reread parts which are not clear. Read only a section at a time and recite after each section

    Recite after you’ve read a section: Orally ask yourself questions about what you have just read, or summarize, in your own words, what you read. Take notes from the text but write the information in your own words. Underline or highlight important points you’ve just read. Write this in a spiral notebook. We’re not allowed to write in school textbooks. Use the method of recitation which best suits your particular learning style but remember, the more senses you use the more likely you are to remember what you read – i.e.,

    TRIPLE STRENGTH LEARNING: Seeing, saying, hearing-
    QUADRUPLE STRENGTH LEARNING: Seeing , saying , hearing, writing!!!

    Review: an ongoing process.
    Day One. After you have read and recited the entire chapter, write questions in the margins for those points you have highlighted or underlined. If you took notes while reciting,
    write questions for the notes you have taken in the left hand margins of your notebook. Complete the form for a critical reading review

    Day Two. Page through the text and/or your notebook to re-acquaint yourself with the important points.

    Cover the right hand column of your text/note-book and orally ask yourself the questions in the left hand margins. Orally recite or write the answers from memory. Make flash cards for those questions which give you difficulty. Develop mnemonic devices for material which need to be memorized.

    Days Three, Four and Five. Alternate between your flash cards and notes and test yourself (orally or in writing) on the questions you formulated. Make additional flash cards if necessary.

    Weekend. Using the text and notebook, make a Table of Contents – list all the topics and sub-topics you need to know from the chapter. From the Table of Contents, make a Study Sheet/ Spatial Map. Recite the information orally and in your own words as you put the Study Sheet/Map together.

    Now that you have consolidated all the information you need for that chapter, periodically review the Sheet/Map so that at test time you will not have to cram.

    I study the same time every night. This psychologically sets up that time for study. I don’t do anything else during that time slot. I also study in a room without a TV, computers, Wii, or any other distractions. I work 30 – 40 minutes and take a 10 minute break. This prevents fatigue.

    This works for me. Hopefully it will work for you too.


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