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1 How to Study for a Test

2 When & Where Regular time Regular place Quiet Organized Few distractions: no TV, phone, games, etc. Daily…review notes for entire unit/chapter

3 Gaps Look for gaps…things you don’t understand Use your book to help fill in your gap notes Have a study buddy’s contact info so can call/text to ask questions Ask your teacher the next day

4 How much Multiple nights No cramming just the night before Short bursts with breaks 20 min maximum for each burst We tend to remember what we study 1 st & last Night before: read through all materials at least once Right before: skim through notes if given time

5 Memorization Strategies

6 Flashcards Great for large amounts of information Need to be concise (to the point) As study them, stack into 3 piles: ‘ones I know’, ‘ones I kind of know’, ‘ones I don’t know’ Continue to read through the ‘kind of know’ & ‘ones I don’t know’ & add to the ‘ones I know’ pile as you learn Once have them all in the ‘ones I know’ pile, read through all of them again to double-check If needed repeat the process Also great to carry with you to practice, dinner, on the bus, etc.

7 Mnemonic Strategies Mnemonic Devices Any learning technique that helps you remember facts Connects the information you are trying to learn with something simpler or familiar to you Example: Arable. Break it down to you “are able” to grow things. Acronyms Make a word from the 1 st letter of each word to be memorized Example: HOMES to remember the 5 Great Lakes of Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior Activity: List 2 Acronyms and what they stand for

8 Strategies Acrostics Make phrases/sentences in which the 1 st letter of each word works as a cue to help recall the words you are trying to remember Example: Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally to remember math order of operations (PEMDAS) Activity: Using your vocab words, create 2 acrostics Narrative Make up a story with the list of words throughout the story The more ridiculous or silly, the easier it is to remember Example: Next slide

9 Narrative Example Word List: Rustler, Penthouse, Mountain, Sloth, Tavern, Fuzz, Gland, Antler, Pencil, Vitamin Narrative: A Rustler lived in a Penthouse on top of a Mountain. His specialty was the three toed Sloth. He would take his captive animals to a Tavern where he would remove Fuzz from their Glands. Unfortunately, all this exposure to sloth fuzz caused him to grow Antlers. So he gave up his profession and went to work in a Pencil factory. As a precaution he also took a lot of Vitamin E. Activity: Using as many vocab words as you can (minimum of 5), create a short story

10 Strategies Rhymes Make up rhyming words or songs related Examples: – In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. – 50 States Song ?v=uUFeVKeKRQc – Activity: Use 2 of your vocab words to rhyme with a clue of their meaning Mental Pictures Make up a picture in your head or on paper about the topic that you can later picture in your head Example: French word ‘pain’ means bread so picture a loaf of bread screaming in pain when you eat it Activity: Using one vocab word, create an image

11 Studying for Math Math takes practice Best way to practice is by doing problems Multiple step problems: – If you can do when someone walks you through it, you only partially know it – If you can do when you look at the steps in your notes/book, you only partially know it Figure out which step you get caught on Practice more problems – If you can do ALL the steps without any assistance, then you are likely to know it – Try explaining how to do it to someone else; if you can teach it to someone else then it’s much more likely you know it

12 From the Psychological Science in the Public Interest Journal Here are the 5 study skills that Dunlosky and team found to be the most effective: Elaborative interrogation: Answering why a fact is true Self-explanation: Explaining what a section of text or an example problem means to you Practice testing: Testing yourself on the material you are trying to learn Distributed practice: Spreading your studying out over several sessions Interleaved practice: Mixing different kinds of problems together when studying

13 QUESTIONS Handout


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