• Write everything down.
  • Use a planner. Write down when assignments are due, test dates, etc.
  • Create flash cards. Put one fact or vocabulary word on each flash card. To learn the information, start with one card. Read the card out loud, then cover it up and repeat it. When you have practiced it several times, do the same with the second card. Now flip between the two cards, repeating the information aloud, or writing it down. When you know both cards, add a third and repeat.
  • Go through your flash cards every day, every chance you get. Carry them with you so you can review whenever you have down time; ex. When waiting in line, or when stuck in traffic.
  • Recite information out loud when you’re studying. Write it as you’re saying it. Using all your senses at once activates more areas of the brain.
  • Write out steps to solving math problems. Then each time you work that type of problem, read the steps out loud as you follow them. Memorize these steps for tests.
  • Use mnemonic devices to memorize steps to solving problems or lists of information. Take the first letter of each word and try to arrange them into a word. Or make up a sentence you can remember using these first letters. For example, the spaces of a musical staff are F-A-C-E. The lines are E-G-B-D-F; every good boy does fine.
  • Don’t try to cram too much into a study session. Take short breaks to move around.
  • Make time to study every day. You need the constant and frequent repetition.
  • Add visual cues to all written information. Highlight or underline with different colored pens.
  • Make a movie of the information in your mind. Visualize the material. Take mental pictures of your notes.
  • Make a picture out of the information you’re studying. Use circles, lines, and/or boxes to group information into categories and/or show the relationships between ideas.
  • Write all the information you need to memorize on a piece of paper. Read these to yourself several times. The next day, reduce the size of your paper by half, and rewrite your notes. You will have to use abbreviations and leave unimportant words out to make it fit. The next day, reduce the size of the paper by half again. Now you will have to use a few key words to remind you of the whole sentence. Continue to reduce the size of the paper. By the time it is too small to write on, you will have memorized the material.
  • Before an exam, make yourself visual reminders of information that must be memorized. Make post-it notes containing key words and concepts and place them in highly visible place - - on your mirror, notebook, car dashboard, etc.
Last updated: 6/1/2009 4:12:57 PM