Okay guys, there seemed to be a few of you interested in seeing how I create study guides for those classes where the professor or teacher doesn’t give you one. This is my first semester trying this, so my methods will no doubt change over time. I will do an updated one if anything changes in upcoming semesters.
1. Start with any and all bolded terms/terms presented in class
This should be pretty self-explanatory, but this is something that I’ve seen a lot of friends and fellow students forget (myself included). This can be detrimental, especially if you have a fill in the blank exam (where you fill in the name of the term/concept), or if your teacher/professor has you define them on the exam.
I make this the first page if it’s for a class that has fill in the blank/write the definition questions, and last if the exams tend to not focus on definitions. However, you may put the terms wherever you please so it works best for you.
Terms should include anything in bold text in your textbook, or anything that your instructor writes down or verbally defines in class. Chances are if they say it in class, it’ll be fair game for the exams.
2. Create questions for yourself from information presented in class/lecture
What I mean by this is, read through your notes and if there’s anything that you can see being re-written as a test question, make it into one you can study.
For example, my most recent study guide created was for Social Psychology. Some of my questions were formed and worded as follows:
- What are the four types of aggression? Describe each one.
- What does the frustration aggression model state?
- What does the revised frustration aggression model state?
The above are just how I worded this round, based off of information from my lecture notes that I felt could -and probably would- be used as a testing question come exam day.
If you have articles that you read for class (like I do in my Anthropology and Sociology classes), you can form questions for that material here; as again, it is all fair game for testable material.
3. If you have any case studies in your specific course, summarize these last.
Again, this is helpful as case studies or studies mentioned in class by your instructor are fair game on exams. I never saw this much in High School, but it’ll come at you during college/university; especially in psychology courses.
What I do, is I take point form information about what the study was about, what happened during, the age/gender/classification of participants, how long the study lasted (only if it’s long term), where it took place/name(s) of experimenters (just for recall purposes during the exam), and what the conclusion/end findings were.
-Porn as an Influence on Aggression Study #2
-Undergraduate men at University of Western Ontario
-Participants were asked to write an essay
-this essay was then evaluated by a female confederate as very poor
-Men were then asked to watch a pornographic film for a “different” study
-Violent pornography depicting a rape scenerio
-Participants were then brought back into the original room and participated in a memory task with the earlier female confederate that evaluated their essays
-The confederate did very poorly on this test
-Men were now asked to either just give the confederate their score, administer shocks to the confederate, or just leave and go about their normal day
-Ultimate findings were that watching the aggressive pornographic film did not necessarily increase the aggression of the participants.
-this may go to show evidence that there is more to an individual’s likelihood to be aggressive
4. Highlight terms or important concepts if it helps you identify the major information
I do this after everything is written out, or typed up and printed out. This just helps alert my eyes to the important things that I could be tested on.
5. Study at least four times a day for fifteen to twenty minutes. Study more if possible
The more times you study, the more the information will be etched into your brain, making recall easier come exam day. The fifteen to twenty minute intervals just allow for you to still get a large amount of work done without burning yourself out.
Thanks for reading everybody,and as I said at the beginning of the post, I will update this as things change. However, this is currently working well for me so far.
Have an amazing day/evening/night/etc everybody,and good luck on all your exams.
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