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Key Study Strategies

Multiple Exposures to the Information

  • Need to see the information multiple times before the exam
  • Multiple exposures are not effective if they only occur a day or two before the exam

Active Listening in Class

  • A good note-taking method can help you start to organize and process information (the start to learning) in class
  • Avoid mindless note-taking without thinking and making connections

Study Schedule

  • Plan (on paper) 2-3 weeks in advance
  • Does not have to be scheduled in time intervals
  • Include previews, reviews, deep study, active learning activities, personal time
  • Plan for exams in advance - must start deep study 5+ days from exam
  • When there are multiple upcoming exams you must study for more than one at a time (waiting until 1 exam is finished before you start studying for the next will not work)

Chunking

  • A Study Chunk consists of 4 things: deep study, self-check, break, and preview
  • Chunking your study can help you increase your attention, actively learn, and process the material
  • For more information see our flyer on chunking your study

Active Learning

  • A Study Chunk consists of 4 things: deep study, self-check, break, and preview
  • Chunking your study can help you increase your attention, actively learn, and process the material
  • For more information see our flyer on chunking your study

Study Group

  • Choose a study group that is focused and will challenge you
  • Studying with friends may not work
  • Requires you to be an active learner
  • Gives you people to compare your knowledge to (Is what you know up to par with others?)

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Study in a productive place
  • Meet with professors if you need help with a concept
  • Read the textbook
  • Use strategies that work for you, not your friends
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