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Study Tips 101

  • Study when you are rested, alert and have planned for it.

  • Studying at the library, study lounge or private room works best – without distractions.

  • Effective thinking skills – ask yourself questions as you read.

  • Getting the main idea in reading is central to effective studying.

  • Keep notes logically and legibly – good idea to record in a notebook.

  • Prepare for examinations, tests, or other assessments by reviewing and revising your notes.

  • Begin your review right after a day at school.

  • When taking an examination – always read the directions carefully – answer according to the directions.

  • Learn to spot key words in the statement that define a meaning. If a statement contains two clauses, one of which is false, the whole statement is false.

  • Read multiple-choice questions to same way as a true-false – eliminate the obvious false choice.

  • Completion question require you to provide a word or phrase – choose your words carefully.
  • If you don’t know an answer – give your best guess, as often times such responses get at least partial credit.
  • Essay question – read through the entire exam first – get a feel for the questions.
  • Planning your time in answering essay questions is more important than in objective type tests
  • The general rule is not to get carried away on one or two questions to the extent that you cannot answer the other questions in the time allowed.
  • If the exam allows for you to choose from a number of questions – be sure to number your answers exactly to match the question.
  • Pay attention to key words in essay exams when answering essay questions – “list”, “describe”, “compare and contrast,” and “outline” – each has special meaning.
  • Don’t write around the question – answer directly.
  • After scanning the list of questions to be answered, choose the ones you know most about first – prepare an outline.
  • The outline will help you remember important ideas and facts to be included in your response.