Study like a star

There's a big test coming up and you have pages filled with notes — where do you begin? Is there really one "tried and true" way to study and ace all of your quizzes?

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  • There's a big test coming up and you have pages filled with notes — where do you begin? Is there really one "tried and true" way to study and ace all of your quizzes? The importance of studying begins with you: understanding your learning style and knowing where to go from there. As I finish up my freshman year of college, I am beginning to understand how important it is to take the time to read, review, and recognize the information each teacher wants you to know.

  • The DO List of Studying

  • *Take good notes while in class. They will be your best friend later.

  • *DO use your highlighter to outline important events, formulas, or general information.

  • *DO write in a different color than black. Studies show that if you write in blue, green, or purple, you will have a better chance remembering your notes than if they were written in black.

  • *DO compare notes with other classmates. Form groups and hit the library. What they write down may be different from what you have, and it will benefit everyone.

  • *DO read the textbook

  • . It may be painful and slow, but that is what most of the test will be based. Read the bold vocabulary and be familiar with the material.

  • *DO use handy websites like Quizlet.com. I've made many sets of flashcards, and they always are a great help.

  • The DON'T List of Studying

  • *DON'T always study with friends. Side conversations and funny Facebook or YouTube posts will quickly get in the way. Reserve some personal time for you.

  • *DON'T rush your writing or scribble in your notebook. Use charts, bullet points, tables, and that trusted highlighter, and your notes will be friendly instead of frightening.

  • *DON'T study for one hour. Or one day. Do a little bit each day, and keep your mind on top of things.

  • *DON'T throw out the information after the test. Chances are that information may be needed for future exams or courses.

  • The first step before any studying takes place is to figure out what style suits you best. Do you do well with music playing? Can you study outdoors? I found that I need my laptop, iPad, phone, and a water bottle nearby. I need headphones, but no music. I need my notebooks and websites open and my mind clear. How do you study?

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Jenna Koford is on the content team at FamilyShare. She graduated with a degree in Communications—Journalism and a minor in editing. Jenna enjoys painting and calligraphy, planning a wedding, and Pinterest and Netflix.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennkofe

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