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Study Tips

  1. Plan your time to cover all the material you need to know rather than leaving it until the night before the test.
  2. Organize a place to work and have all the materials you will need together in one place.
  3. Plan some breaks from studying.
  4. Review your notes or textbook. Try the following strategy:
    • Look over all the material. Flip through the pages, noting the headings, pictures, diagrams and any highlighted words.
    • As you skim/scan the material, ask yourself what the main points of the chapter or sections are, and form questions about the material in your mind. For example, if the caption is Egyptian Law, mentally ask yourself: "What is Egyptian Law?" Do you see new vocabulary? Is the section full of dates or people's names?
    • Then go through the material more carefully, with the questions in mind. Make notes to answer the questions you formed.
    • Rephrase what you have read, putting it in to your own words. Quietly say the answers to your questions to yourself, or close your eyes and visualize the answers.
    • Skim the material again, reviewing your questions and answers.
    • Sometimes it is helpful to work with someone else, asking and answering questions. For some, this might be too confusing. 

Preparing for a test

  1. Find out what kind of test you will be taking (i.e., is it multiple choice, fill in the blank, and/or open book).
  2. Find out as much detail as you can about what the test will cover. For example, will it be on the whole chapter on fractions, or just the addition and subtraction of fractions.
  3. Begin serious studying at least three days before the test.
  4. Make a plan for each day of study.
  5. Find and organize a quiet place to study.
  6. Use your notes to study. Refer to study notes above for reviewing material.


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