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CONCENTRATION Do you daydream while you study? Does your mind tend to wander off? Do you think of things totally unrelated to the subject? Do you worry often?
Concentration What can you do? PUSH - PUSH P repare and Organize! U se syllabi & study guide. S tudy difficult subjects first! H ave a dedicated study space. P hone – turn it off! U se SQ3R method. S tudy subjects at peak times. H ave a worry pad handy and write down stray thoughts.
What to do now? Pay close attention to everything in class. Take detailed notes -even if you don’t understand! During review sessions, check for clarification. Draw pictures and symbols for recall. Plan to review with a study buddy. Rewrite notes in your own words. Write down questions – go to the source! Get answers today! E-mail instructors. Find a tutor.
I am Already Behind What Else Can I Do? Double your efforts – Unplug the T.V.! Answer only important emails! Budget Time - Study & Exercise! Carry Flashcards with you & review often! Put a “Do Not Disturb”sign on your door/desk! Turn phone off & voicemail on! Prioritize time you have now in a planner! Keep review and study time appointments!
CRAM with a PLAN Focus on thesyllabus and study guide. Condense important information. Use post it-notes/flash cars/study list. Recite, recite and recite, out loud. Sleep 8 hrs. the day before exam. Eat a light meal – no caffeine! Preview - the day of the test. Prioritize study time on Daily Planner – use colors, symbols, etc. Cancel non-essential appointments.
Essays and Subjective Exams Make a rough outline – list main thoughts. Organize paragraphs based on information. Select topic sentence headings. Write a draft answer and then refine it. Double space your answers. Write clear – print answers if necessary. Read your answers carefully and refine.
MEMORY STRATEGIES Organize – List facts in chronological order use colors and numbers. Learn Actively – Don’t sit - move around and form a mental picture. Draw diagrams, charts, cartoons, all pictures are a memory enhancer.
MEMORY STRATEGIES Stay Healthy – studies show proper diet & exercise can increase memory by 20%. Recite – reciting is THREE times more effective than reading. Reviewing – notes the same day increases your chances of recalling by over 70%.
What To Do Before an Exam Talk with successful, calm, and confident friends. Get adequate sleep – the day before the exam. Don’t Cram – review and condense notes. Review other exams – check if they are on file. Review all quizzes – this is essential. Make up practice test – based on notes. Prepare, Relax, and Think Positive!
Studying For Exams Use the F-O-C-U-S method, make it a habit! F ocus focus on the syllabus and study guide. O pen open your text and your notes daily and become familiar with the content. C ondense condense notes to form study sheets. U nderstand review material you are unsure of. S tudy – study in a quiet place, with a partner, in a group, and quiz one another.
What To Do During the Exam Arrive Early – sit where you feel comfortable. Bring Bottled Water – a huge advantage! Read Questions and Directions Carefully! Practice breathing and exercises. Preview exam - divide & conquer! Prioritize time you have now in writing! Answer multiple choice before essays. Skip difficult questions – save them for last! Allow a few minutes to review answers.
* Intelligent Guessing True/False – if you’re unsure select -True Multiple Choice – Eliminate extreme answers with words such as always, never, all, none, etc. In-between answers with words such as often, seldom, probably, are usually a good choice. If you see a strange answer that seems out of place it’s probably not the right choice. If two answers are completely opposite - usually one is correct. If a part of a statement is false the whole answer is false. *Follow rules only if you are unsure of the answer!
After The Exam * Relax – Knowing you have done your best! Review your all of your answers. Clarify answers with instructor. Have incorrect answers explained in detail. Talk with the instructor about incorrect answers “The difference between average and outstanding is less than you can imagine.”
Super Success Strategies Ask questions – get answers the same day! E-mail – the instructor, classmate, etc. Recite your notes daily – take frequent breaks! Use index cards, post notes, and color pens. Recite out loud - walk around the room. Limit TV and Internet games to 30 min.