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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.
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