Take away after study period-Write it

Rewriting & Integrating Notes Shortly After study

As soon as you have done the textbook reading, ensure it is integrated with the lecture notes in a fashion you will understand (this could mean writing the textbook content on the backside of the lecture note, the lecture note could be filled in with more detail from the text, or a new note could also be created that combines both the textbook and lecture material).

Prepare Flash Cards

  • All courses may require you to do some memorization for items such as formulas, chemical equations, artwork, dates, authors, definitions or chronologies
  • Try using flash cards to help with memorization. Buy a stack of index cards and put the prompt on one side and the answer on the other. Create them early on in the semester, and study with the cards
  • Carry your flash cards with you to study in short, spare moments, such as when you are waiting in line or riding the bus

Create Diagrams to Help Summarize Information

  • Draw a diagram to provide a pictorial representation of the subject
  • Try a concept map with the most important idea in the centre, and then various branches showing the relationships between other ideas and their subcategories

Use Strategies to Help Reduce Forgetting

  • Test yourself as you study
  • Over-learn the material so that you can’t forget it
  • Use:
    • Mnemonics (i before e except after c)
    • Acronyms (HOMES is an acronym for Great Lakes – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior)
    • Acrostics (Kings Play Chess On Fairly Good Soft Velvet is an acrostic for Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety)
    • Analogies (lungs = trees, pump = heart)
    • Keywords linked to other information