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Exam Study Strategies like Proven Study Strategies, Study Schedule, Memorization Strategies, Concentration Strategies all they eys to effective studying are all about planning its a good idea to start that process NOW!

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  • Exam Study Strategies Exam Study Strategies that REALLY Work!that REALLY Work!

    A Student Services WorkshopA Student Services Workshop

  • Why Can Studying for Why Can Studying for Exams Be Such A Exams Be Such A Challenging Task?Challenging Task? It can be overwhelming to study 5 months worth of It can be overwhelming to study 5 months worth of

    material for one testmaterial for one test

    Sometimes we are exhausted by the end of the Sometimes we are exhausted by the end of the semestersemester

    The exam can be worth a fairly high percentage of The exam can be worth a fairly high percentage of our final mark in the courseour final mark in the course

    We often have 1-3 other exams we also need to be We often have 1-3 other exams we also need to be studying forstudying forwhere do we find the time?where do we find the time?

    We donWe dont teach students how to study, we assume t teach students how to study, we assume they know how best to do this, for every individual they know how best to do this, for every individual subject areasubject area

  • How Do Students Make Exam How Do Students Make Exam Studying An Even MORE Studying An Even MORE Stressful Experience?Stressful Experience? They have unorganized and/or incomplete notes They have unorganized and/or incomplete notes

    from the coursefrom the course

    They have not been asking questions along the way They have not been asking questions along the way to ensure understandingto ensure understanding

    They donThey dont budget their time wisely or start studying t budget their time wisely or start studying far enough ahead of timefar enough ahead of time

    They donThey dont consider ways to make the most of their t consider ways to make the most of their studying timestudying time

    They donThey dont recognize the time and effort that will be t recognize the time and effort that will be required to be adequately prepared for the examrequired to be adequately prepared for the exam

    They donThey dont adjust other priorities during exam time t adjust other priorities during exam time to make the exams their primary focusto make the exams their primary focus

  • The Keys to Effective The Keys to Effective StudyingStudyingEffective study skills must be Effective study skills must be

    practiced in order to improvepracticed in order to improve

    ItIts not enough to s not enough to think aboutthink about studying studying you actually have to you actually have to do it and then reflect on what do it and then reflect on what you could be doing betteryou could be doing better

  • General Exam Study General Exam Study TipsTipsTested and True!Tested and True! Begin studying no less than 30-60 minutes after a Begin studying no less than 30-60 minutes after a

    mealmeal

    Never study within 30 minutes of going to sleepNever study within 30 minutes of going to sleep

    Prioritize! Make a list of what you intend to study Prioritize! Make a list of what you intend to study and prioritize the listand prioritize the list

    Study no more than 45-60 minutes at a stretch, and Study no more than 45-60 minutes at a stretch, and then take breaksthen take breaks

    Take breaks away from your desk and do Take breaks away from your desk and do something differentsomething different

    Try to continue your daily habits as usual (donTry to continue your daily habits as usual (dont t drastically reduce your sleep, eliminate exercise, or drastically reduce your sleep, eliminate exercise, or overeat)overeat)

  • Creating the Right Creating the Right Environment for StudyingEnvironment for Studying When deciding where you should do your exam When deciding where you should do your exam

    studying consider the following:studying consider the following: Make sure the environment is moderately Make sure the environment is moderately

    comfortable (furniture, temperature)comfortable (furniture, temperature)

    Work somewhere where you will be free of Work somewhere where you will be free of distractions (phone, TV, MSN etc.)distractions (phone, TV, MSN etc.)

    Try to use a space that is YOURS only and Try to use a space that is YOURS only and doesndoesnt have to be shared with other family t have to be shared with other family membersmembers

    Keep the study space organized with a specific Keep the study space organized with a specific place for paper, pens, books etc.place for paper, pens, books etc.

    Have everything you need to study with you Have everything you need to study with you before you sit down so you donbefore you sit down so you dont waste time t waste time looking for thingslooking for things

  • The Value of a Study The Value of a Study ScheduleSchedule It will not be possible to allocate your It will not be possible to allocate your

    time effectively if you dontime effectively if you dont have a t have a schedule to keep you focused and schedule to keep you focused and realistic about what you need to realistic about what you need to accomplishaccomplish

    The time taken to create the The time taken to create the schedule is well worth it schedule is well worth it it will save it will save you much time that could have been you much time that could have been lost to disorganization, stress, and lost to disorganization, stress, and poor planningpoor planning

  • The Keys to Effective Exam The Keys to Effective Exam Study SchedulingStudy Scheduling Obtain an exam outline for each of your courses Obtain an exam outline for each of your courses

    including what material will be covered, the length of, including what material will be covered, the length of, and format of the examand format of the exam

    Complete all of the preparation that will be required Complete all of the preparation that will be required for you to study effectively BEFORE you sit down for you to study effectively BEFORE you sit down and actually study (i.e. complete missing homework, and actually study (i.e. complete missing homework, correct tests, organize notes in order etc.)correct tests, organize notes in order etc.)

    Realistically plan for the amount of time that you Realistically plan for the amount of time that you think will be required to review the material for the think will be required to review the material for the course at least twicecourse at least twiceand then double that amount and then double that amount of timeof time

    Decide which previous commitments will need to go Decide which previous commitments will need to go on holdon hold while you are studying (i.e. reducing shifts while you are studying (i.e. reducing shifts at work, no baby-sitting etc.)at work, no baby-sitting etc.)

  • The Keys continuedThe Keys continued Make every hour count in your schedule Make every hour count in your schedule

    time at lunch, before school, after schooltime at lunch, before school, after school

    Begin to study for each exam AT least a Begin to study for each exam AT least a week before it will take place to have plenty week before it will take place to have plenty of time to ask questions, review etc.of time to ask questions, review etc.

    Give yourself reasonable breaks (15-30 Give yourself reasonable breaks (15-30 min) and try to maintain as min) and try to maintain as normalnormal a a schedule as possible in terms of sleep time, schedule as possible in terms of sleep time, eating time etc.eating time etc.

  • Proven Study StrategiesProven Study Strategies SQ3RSQ3R

    SurveySurvey get the best overall picture of what get the best overall picture of what youyoure going to study before you do itre going to study before you do it

    Question Question ask questions to reinforce your own ask questions to reinforce your own learninglearning

    Read Read actively read over the material and be actively read over the material and be alert to main ideas, bolded terms, and key alert to main ideas, bolded terms, and key understandings and detailsunderstandings and details

    ReciteRecite recalling and then orally or through recalling and then orally or through writing communicating the information writing communicating the information make make connectionsconnections

    Review Review re-reading, summarizing key points, re-reading, summarizing key points, testing yourself, asking final questionstesting yourself, asking final questions

  • Proven Study Strategies Proven Study Strategies continuedcontinued Getting OrganizedGetting Organized

    Putting time into organizing notes and other papers for the coursePutting time into organizing notes and other papers for the course

    Reading with PurposeReading with Purpose Not glossing over reading material but actively searching for Not glossing over reading material but actively searching for

    important ideas and thinking about them while you readimportant ideas and thinking about them while you read

    Getting the Main IdeasGetting the Main Ideas Questioning yourself about the main Questioning yourself about the main pointspoints from the notes, from the notes,

    assignments, or chapters you are reviewingassignments, or chapters you are reviewing

    Extracting Important DetailsExtracting Important Details Considering key information that support the main ideas, and thus, Considering key information that support the main ideas, and thus,

    give them more meaninggive them more meaning

    Taking NotesTaking Notes Bolding, underlining, and categorizing information that you are study Bolding, underlining, and categorizing information that you are study

    to give it more meaningto give it more meaning

    Outlining Textbooks/ Novels/ Supporting MaterialsOutlining Textbooks/ Novels/ Suppo