1. Condensed Notes
“You have to make your own condensed notes. You learn from MAKING them. A lot of thinking goes into deciding what to include and exclude. "
- Peter RogersThis quote perfectly explains why creating condensed notes is such an effective way to study. When I make mine I review all my notes, sort through the information and decide what's important and what's not, and then rewrite my notes - all of which really helps me study.
You could just write your condensed notes in the typical way with bullet points and such, but I like to get creative with mine by adding in doodles and headlines. I use a blank sheet of paper, a ruler, and bright colored pens. I write the class name and chapter title at the top of the paper. I read through my notes from class and the textbook and pick out the main points and ideas of the chapter. As I read I write a condensed - shorter and more precise - version of my notes so I have something I can study in just a few minutes later on. It makes it a LOT easier than reading through 10 pages of notes per chapter come test time.
I love the practice test because you can choose if you want the questions to be written questions, matching, multiple choice, or true/false. This is super handy because if you know what kind of questions your teacher puts on tests, you can have the practice test created in the same format as your actual test.
3. Study Guide / Practice Test
When making a study guide, I write the class name and test I'm studying for at the top. I copy the questions from the online practice quizzes (if they're available) and add extra questions if I want to. I then make a separate answer key so I can grade myself and see what I need to review.
I fill out my answers for the practice test on a separate sheet of notebook paper, so that way I can reuse the practice test to study again later. I usually complete the practice test 2 times before a test. When I grade my "test" I mark the questions/problems I got wrong and look for the correct answer in my notes or textbook, because that helps to reinforce that idea more so than just looking directly at the answer and memorizing it.
These are a few of the ways I personally study and they help me a lot. I know these study methods may seem a bit time consuming, but if you do it a bit at a time they won't take too long to make and will really help you to get that A!
How do you study best? Do you use any of these methods?