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Taking notes

STUDY TIPS FOR SUCCESS!

Try a New Study Place
Some people swear by the library, but scientists suggest that switching up your study spaces is a more effective way to remember information.  Memory is colored by where you are, and changing your study location may help you remember what you’ve learned.

Sleep!
A tired mind is a slow mind.  That’s it, pretty simple!  Feeling tired could also mean you are bored with a particular subject.  Also, try switching subjects to get a second wind.

Flash Cards
Sometimes the best habits are the ones we’ve used forever. Writing notes & definitions more than once will help imprint information in your memory, and the cards are a great way to develop learning strategies.

Use Mnemonics
A mnemonic (sounds like NOO-MON-IK) is when you use the first letter of a word to help you remember facts.  “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos” helps you remember the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

Test Yourself!
Tests may not be fun, but taking a formal test can help you to remember the information.  When studying, make sure you are testing yourself because it helps to learn and permanently remember information. These tips really pay off when preparing for final exams, or if you have testing anxiety!

Make a Study or Homework Group!
Never underestimate the power of your peers, especially when working through a difficult problem set or reading assignment. Dividing and conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload -- and to make sure you understand the material. You might even make a friend in the process.

Take Care of Yourself
Eat, sleep, and exercise properly makes for a happier, more attentive person. Being mentally and physically fit and maintaining good health are closely related to the ability to concentrate.

Learn Your way.
It is important to figure out which study strategies work for you and develop them throughout your education.  Know what kind of learner you are: visual,  auditory, hands on etc.  Try using a variety of learning styles – move around, use visualization and practice.  This can also include getting the materials you need in class as an accommodation. 

Go To Class
This one might seem obvious, but sometimes large lectures and early classes may make class feel, one could say, “optional.”  Usually, the best preparation for a test is to attend class and participate fully! You will have already begun the process of reviewing and will know what to expect on the exam.

Manage Your Time
The only thing worse than having a deadline is missing a deadline. Stay organized, cut down on procrastination and your workload will feel much more manageable.

Become the Teacher
Teach someone else (or even something else, like a pet!)  If you know the material well enough to teach it, you know it well enough to ace it on a test!

Practice Concentration
Building up the amount of time you concentrate.  If you find it hard to concentrate on one particular subject or task, start with just 10 minutes. Once mastered, gradually increase the time you can study to 15 minutes of good concentration, and continue to up the time.


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