Study Tips

Study Tips

How to take notes

Study Habits

SQ3R Reading Method

Taking Notes in Class

How To Write An Outline

Part of the work in this course is to outline your textbook. While boring, this is an invaluable skill to develop for later in life, not necessarily because you will do a great deal of outlines, but simply so that you can use a textbook as a tool. And since we don't have near enough time in this course to cover all of history, part of your job is to use your book as a tool to learn information. The problem is that simply writing the material down is irrelevant busy work. The trick is to write IN YOUR OWN WORDS and to manipulate the information into a different format. This is the part of the work that is helpful to students. In an effort to explain this process I have attached a video. Please watch the video and complete your outline notes according to what you see. 

Multiple Intelligences

Due, in part, the the perceived failure of education in the past few decades, a great deal of time and effort has been spent by neurologists in studying the science of learning. While these studies are quite complex and don’t always arrive at definitive conclusions, we now have a better understanding of how students can tailor their studying to their personal styles in an effort to be more effective with their time. What we found is that all humans have study habits and tactics on learning that connect best with them. Since these theories became popular, the use of diagnostic tests in this regard have skyrocketed. Not only are these tests used in High School classrooms now, but they were given to friends of mine when they started Med School.

In an AP class it is highly important that students have phenomenal study skills due to the incredible amount of information that will be expected to be memorized. There is simply no way to cover 10,000 years of history with any hope of depth without students being able to shoulder part of the load of the content. For this reason, it is important that students take these diagnostic tests to show themselves what type of learning style they are and start to study in a way that would fit the learning style they fit into.

Test Taking Strategies

Have A Positive Attitude

Approach the big test as you’d approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

Make A Plan

The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you’ve been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.

The Night Before

Cramming doesn’t work. If you’ve followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don’t stay up late!

The Morning Of The Test

Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don’t skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a 10-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.

Test Time

Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you’ll need – scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you’re allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Of is it better to make guesses when you’re not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.

Manage Your Time

Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.

I’m Stuck!

Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don’t get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you’re still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don’t lose points for wrong answers.

Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

Neatness Counts

If your 4’s look like 9’s it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.

I’m Done!

Not so fast – when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.