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How to study?I really need help on learning how to study. I always study hard then I...

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:08 AM via web

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How to study?

I really need help on learning how to study. I always study hard then I go take a test and fail it. It feels like such a huge failure too because I had spent hours studying and my grade doesn't show that!! How do you take good history notes and study for a history test? That's my major struggle at the moment. Also how do you not freak out before a test? A lot of the time (not always) I will go take a test i studied hard for and right before i take it my mind blanks. Can someone please help me out here? I try so hard and my effort is not shown. I'm tired of my teachers saying I don't try when really i do!!!

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:16 AM (Answer #2)

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What I found that worked for me was to take notes during class. When I got home after school I would type out the notes I had taken for the day. The notes I took would be key terms, ideas, or dates. When typing, I would use my notes and book to look at the information deeper.

Another thing to do is look at your notes every day. That way the information is embedded. Studying the night before really does not help to learn the information. You are simply recalling--memorization only for the test.

As for freaking out before a test, if you have gone over the information for multiple nights, the information will be there. Breathing exercises will help with the anxiety as well.

Another thing you can do is find something to hold while studying--an eraser, a pen cap, something you can hold during the test. You can use it like a stress ball.

There have been studies which have shown that studying in the same position which you will be tested in (like at a desk or table) raises scores. Other studies have looked at wearing the same clothes and being in the same mood taking the test as you did when you studied.

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:33 AM (Answer #3)

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Thanks! I will try the things you have suggested. Especially the stress thing, because before I take a test I always go "I don't know this, I'm going to fail!"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:59 AM (Answer #4)

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Do you actually fail the tests?  Because if not, you can look back on your previous successes to help you realize that it's not as bad as you think it is.

As a history teacher, my suggestion is to try to do things with the notes you take rather than simply trying to memorize them.  Ask yourself broad questions about the notes (sometimes the book will have these, often called discussion questions) and then try to write answers or at least jot down notes as to what would go in such an answer.

So, for example, instead of trying to memorize the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts and all of that, ask yourself if the colonists were justified in rebelling.  Then look through your notes for relevant facts.  When you use your notes in that way, you'll have a better chance of remembering them than if you simply try to memorize the facts.

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:17 AM (Answer #5)

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well sometimes i do but most of the time i don't fail them. And wow that's what my history teacher said but i didn't understand! thanks.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:38 AM (Answer #6)

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I would suggest that you think about HOW you study.  If you are merely re-reading your textbook and your notes you are only engaging your brain one way, and it is a rather passive act.  It might be better to DO something -- create flash cards for example.  The act of writing the flash cards engages your brain through the reading and summarizing the material as well as writing the ideas down in a new form.  Once the cards are done you can use them to quiz yourself on the material.  Flash cards work great for memorizing facts and definitions, but can be used for bigger ideas as well.

Another thing you can DO is write new outlines for material you are studying. By actively trying to discern the most essential information from the text for your outline you are being critical about what you are reading, not just letting the words pass in front of your eyes.   Your outline would help you try to chunk like-information together which also helps your brain store the information more logically for recall.

Hope these ideas help!

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 16, 2011 at 7:03 AM (Answer #7)

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thankyou all of this is great, i can come up with a study plan.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #8)

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It sounds like part of your problem is anxiety.  You can counter that by taking several deep breathes and relaxing before a test.  Don't cram before a test.  As far as studying, make flash cards to memorize information.  You cannot just read a word and its definiton over and over.  The real method of studying flash cards, using them to test yourself, is very effective.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM (Answer #9)

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One thing that helped me immensely in college was studying with a partner. We would discuss facts and debate opinions, and once in a while we'd make up fake tests for each other. Depending on the teacher I often got more out of our study sessions after class than from class itself. Besides, it's always good to bounce ideas off someone: if they agree, great! If not, it's a point of debate and discussion.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:38 AM (Answer #10)

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If you are reading in the textbook, a good technique is to stop at the end of every paragraph and ask yourself "OK, what did that say, exactly?" Then answer the question out loud or write the answer down in your own words. If you can't do it, then you aren't really reading, you are just moving your eyes over the words. If you can do it, then do the next paragraph, and so on.

At the end of every page, ask an additional question - if you were writing the test, what on that page would you ask about? How would you ask it?

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devasya | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 17, 2011 at 6:02 AM (Answer #11)

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ok

i can understand your situation because i went through that very same thing a couple of years back

but i came up with a study plan

this intales all the books and sources of refernce that you will be using to study each subject then you make notes in class and go over them as soon as you get time (it should be no later than the day you didi the subject) so it is fresh and embedded in my brain

you can quiz yourself with passed paper or some text books have an end of chapter quiz which you should do because if you can ans all the question properly it means you understand, if not you need to go over the chapter again

now make sure that you are relaxed when you do this: a quiet place, sitting upright like you were in class (if you sit in a couch you will become too comfortable and go to sleep), if you can handle it drink a cup of coffee before you start your study

another method i have proven is to use a time table that will help you set aside study time for each subject

remember to put sleep time, chore and relaxtion time on it as well

but most importantly if you are a chrisitan or if you are not it is a key to set aside time to talk to GOD about your studies and any other thing

remember GOD+WORK=SUCCESS

i sometime wake up early in the mornin when everyone else is sleeping and study, practice past papers and any other thing i see important to my success

i hope this helped and i didnt bore you

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM (Answer #12)

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thankyou so much is does help!!!

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darth-vader- | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM (Answer #13)

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After you take your notes from that class, you should rewrite them, or type them, which ever you will be doing when taking the test. When I say "what ever you will be doing during the test," I mean If you will type out your test answers, or write them out. If you write out your test answers, then rewritng your notes will probably be the best, because after rewriting them several times (about once a day) muscel memory kicks in, and same with typing. Or you could drill with a parent, or friend.

To releive stress encourage yourself, say you're going to ace it. Maybe even have something to figit with during class, like a stress ball, or rubber band. I find that occupying my fingers is the best.

To take notes, remember to write down key points, maybe your teacher has told you to write it down, or maybe they write it on a board, which ever it is write it down in a note book for that subject or class. A notebook because having a lot of loose leaf papers with notes on them don't help, as in loosing one. Also rember to write down all dates that they talk about, because most of them will be on a test.

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riot174 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:39 AM (Answer #14)

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yeah thanks. my teacher this year for history expects us to take notes from her lectures its diff for me but these tips are helping

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thingsto | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM (Answer #15)

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yes , in my opinion you should take some notes in your class that's really works and also try to focus in school so that you dont have to work hard at home , because most of information that you are trying to learn are already given in the class , so why you waste the time at school. that's my opinion and i really dont study hard because im 100% focus at school .

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dextergenuis | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM (Answer #16)

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well, for me, i study in a quite place where no one can disturb me. i also use the internet in mathematical problems using calculator online to help solve the problem easily.

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friendjoy | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 29, 2011 at 12:33 AM (Answer #17)

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thank u these tips also helped me to improve my study pattern............

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amitsingh11582 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM (Answer #18)

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Study, according to me is not only a process of learning something but also enhancing the mental status and improving the life. As for as How to Study is concern I may suggest:

1. Study that subject or descipline what is your interest.

2. Never take your study as a burden but as a game, when you get time utilise it.

3. Repeate hard things regularly as the rhymes of hyme.

By following these three tips you may get/ achive every target of your life.

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prawina | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:46 PM (Answer #19)

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it happens with me often.this happens when you panic looking at the syllabus,or when your aim is just about completing the syllabus.when you are studying something,you should like it first and gradually you enjoy reading it so when you are enthusiastic about your subject or what you are reading you will eventually remember everything..the important things to remember when you are reading, you should always keep a notebook and a pen by your side,note down what is important,important dates so that it'll be easier and clear.

hope my ideas wil benefit you.

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tamugurung | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM (Answer #20)

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go through what you have learned in your book after you come form school

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irha-nadeem | TA , Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:22 PM (Answer #21)

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I am a position-holder in my class and here is how I study: 1) LISTEN CAREFULLY. When the teacher is giving lecture, listen carefully. 2) DISCUSS WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Always discuss what you read with your friends. If you have understood something wrong, they might correct you. 3) NEVER HESITATE. If you have even a little confusion, ask the teacher right away. Don't be shy that the class will laugh or they will think that your mental level is low. Teachers always like those students who discuss something with them. 4) ALWAYS LEARN COMFORTABLY. Always find an atmosphere, in which you feel comfortable. 5) WRITE WHAT YOU LEARN. Perhaps, this is the main point. Write important points which you have learnt. 6) DON'T FEEL NERVOUS. Believe in yourself. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and say " I CAN DO THIS". Never cheat.
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toothfairy2011 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:18 AM (Answer #22)

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When I was in school, the best way for me to study prior to the exam is to wake up early in the morning and review my notes after praying. You have to sleep early as well so you are rested well before the exam. You need to relax once in a while too. Pressuring yourself will not actually help.

 

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toothfairy2011 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:21 AM (Answer #23)

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How to study?

I really need help on learning how to study. I always study hard then I go take a test and fail it. It feels like such a huge failure too because I had spent hours studying and my grade doesn't show that!! How do you take good history notes and study for a history test? That's my major struggle at the moment. Also how do you not freak out before a test? A lot of the time (not always) I will go take a test i studied hard for and right before i take it my mind blanks. Can someone please help me out here? I try so hard and my effort is not shown. I'm tired of my teachers saying I don't try when really i do!!!

When I was in school, the best way for me to study prior to the exam is to wake up early in the morning and review my notes after praying. You have to sleep early as well so you are rested well before the exam. You need to relax once in a while too. For me, pressuring yourself will not actually help. God bless!

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pippin1313 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM (Answer #24)

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This is what I give my English students as a starting point. It's not strictly teacher-speak, sorry!

  1. Use a highlighter to highlight important notes. Try not to use the flouro yellow, it gets a bit hard on the eyes after a while and pages start swimming at night.
  2. Rewrite notes into another form...I find charts helpful.
  3. Colour coding is not just for geeks...okay, yes it is but why do you think they are geeks??? Use post its, highlighters, markers and pens to keep like areas together. For example all your character notes could be in bright pink...pink post its, highlighters, pens...the fun could never end!
  4. Put notes up where you can see them...the back of the toilet door could be a good start. What? You are sitting there for 10 minutes, what else are you going to do?
  5. Make flash cards for terms and formulas that you have to remember and get Mum, Dad, Grandma, Great Aunt Flo, whoever to test you.
  6. You should be looking at approximately three hours (yes, I said hours, not minutes) a night.
  7. If you are going to listen to music while you are studying, Nelly and Tupac are not good options...well, EVER actually. Have something quiet and soothing in the background. Blasting directly into your ears is not a brilliant option.
  8. Old exam papers for practise are stunning. They are even more stunning if you take them into your teacher for marking and feedback. Try to get them done under the time constraints that will apply to the actual exam.
  9. Learn how to deconstruct questions. Sometimes things look impossible to start, until you break them down and see exactly what you are being asked to do.
  10. Keep summarising your notes down so that just before you enter an exam you have one page of notes for each topic.
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zerokloppy | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 6, 2011 at 3:51 AM (Answer #25)

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1) Don't "cram study".  It's a stressful and often inefficient process, and should be avoided whenever possible.

2) Take your own notes.  If you take your own notes, you'll express concepts in words that make sense to you.

3) Ask the teacher for help if you need it.  It's their job to help you learn.  If your teacher isn't very competent, then try asking classmates or looking up information online.  (But do make sure the information you are looking at is credible, if you choose to look online.)

4) Take periodic breaks.  Even as we get older, our attention spans don't become unlimited.  I personally find 20 minutes of study -> 10 minute break -> 20 minutes of study works well for me.  Find a break/study routine that suits you.

5) Sleep at a reasonable time.

6) Try studying before you sleep.  Some people find it easier to remember things if they study before they sleep.

7) Eat well.  You won't remember things well if you feel groggy and listless.

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arisha14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:44 PM (Answer #26)

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I am a student myself and i, too, have experiencd what you are going through. There are some subjects that i hate like maths and history. But i've learned from my teachers that the more i'll ruaway from any subject, the more i am likely to be proned to failure in that subject. The point is, try to develope a sort of 'love' to a subject in which yoy think you'll fail. If you reach and understand the meaning of this point, i am sure your triumph is not much far away from you. And as far as stress and depression is concerned, at the time of test, read the question thoroughly and recall all the notes that you had taken and learnt about that topic. Go easy on your mind, relax and think. An advice, study early in the morning. Research says that the stuffs you read or study early in the morning will never be forgotten. In addition, have a balanced diet and eight-hour sleep, to the maximum. It effects your mind more than you can imagine. Good luck!
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c--------- | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 14, 2011 at 11:54 PM (Answer #27)

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i think discussion with the friend and the grop stud is the best thing to have a grip on the topic. and finally the through reading of the notes is the road to the success.

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maxmontana85 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2011 at 3:50 AM (Answer #28)

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i think discussion with the friend and the grop stud is the best thing to have a grip on the topic. and finally the through reading of the notes is the road to the success.

I agree with you. Meet friends and talk, learn with them. It's my best method to de-stress.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM (Answer #29)

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I found that reviewing the material every day was key. It wasn't enough to do one massive review session the two nights before the exam. Every day you learn something knew, make sure you review what you have already learned. This way, you are less likely to forget.

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