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Old 12-28-17, 04:38 PM
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Re: Study help

The best study method is self-testing.

Re-reading and highlighting do not help. These techniques trick us into feeling "familiar" with the material.

You have to give your a question and write out the answer with no notes.

Here's the thing. What you struggle with (the questions you can't answer) are those where you next target your energy. But there's a ton of researching indicating that self-testing helps us learn, even when we still don't "know" all the material.

Also spreading out your study helps ... Skip a day or so in between ... and then make yourself call up the answers from scratch again.

The key thing is to make your bring dig for the answer ... even if you can't. It's the process of making your brain call up information without cues that somehow strengthens memory and learning.

The technical term is called "the testing effect" and you can find a ton of articles online.

Those notes you're talking about--you want to rewrite them from scratch .. with no notes ... Literally, you close all books, put away all notes and write out what you know. You'll call up more than you think ... and again you will get a sense of what you need to focus on for the tests. BTW: flashcards are a form of self-testing.

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