Can’t Stop Procrastinating? Here is a study method for you
Are you someone who wants top grades but cannot seem to stop procrastinating? As someone who, unfortunately, understands this statement all too well, I have developed a method for
studying that I think will help you. More on Procrastinating A Medieval Approach to Procrastination
First of all, it is crucial to copy notes during class. They do not have to be the most beautiful or organized but you need to get the information down. Even on the worst days, when my head is
outer space, I copy what is on the teacher’s board and their key comments. You do not even need to understand what they are saying right away but you need that information written down
somewhere. How to Take Notes
Now, the test is in a few days and it is time to take out your notes. I suggest that you start studying as soon as possible but at the very least, three days before.
Day One: SKIM!
You are going to need a few pieces of loose leaf and your favourite pen (I suggest blue as it is supposed to improve memory). It is time to skim your notes! As you do this, write down all the key concepts that will be on the test. Look over everything, but do not write everything. I like to write down broad points and a few examples for each. In math and the sciences, write down important formulas and situations when they are used. This should only take 1-3 hours of your day depending on the amount of information. Once you have written out the useful information, you are done for the day. Relax and know that this is probably the most useful thing you could have done. You have made an easy study sheet and as you were writing, the information was seeping into your brain. how to study
Day Two: All about Learning
Today is Your notes have been condensed so no need to worry about binders or gathering all your different worksheets and textbooks. Take out the notes you made the night before and a different coloured pen. Now, read the notes. I find this can be daunting and suggest reading out loud (to your pet if you have one) or walking around the house while you do so (sometimes on a test you will remember you walked by a certain chair when you were reading that concept and it helps the information come back to you). Underline information you do not understand. This should only take 1 hour.
Don’t forget to look up the information you do not understand. Sometimes quick Google searches can solve your problem. However, this is the time to check just in case you have to ask
a friend in the class, or even the teacher, a question to clarify the information. Write the clarified information in a different colour by your underlined concepts so that it is very visible. With that
completed, you are done for the day! Try Clustering
Day Three: Memorize!
Today is all about memorizing. Read over your edited notes again and remember to walk around and recite the information out loud. See if you can remember things by turning your notes over and trying to rewrite the information on a new piece of paper (the order of information matters, as it will help you visualize your notes in your head if you get stuck during the test), or get someone to quiz you. This should only take 1-2 hours depending on how much you know. Do not over study! Get this over with earlier in the day, or break it up, and get a good night’s sleep, it really does make a difference! How to Memorize Anything
Become amemorization Master
I normally take my notes with me and peek at them before the test. I like to focus on a quick review of the information that I had the hardest time memorizing the day before. The key is to relax and to walk into the test confident (fake this by smiling, releasing the tension in your shoulders and taking a sip of water every time you feel overwhelmed – this combination is a lifesaver and always works). Good luck!
Written by: Olivia Locke