STUDIOUS: Study Guide Mania
Dear Study warriors,
Study guides. UGH. Back from the dead and haunting your life as this semester approaches a close. There are so many ways you can write a study guide. It depends on the class. These are my recommendations:
1. REWRITE: Use your notes and rewrite them
- Rewrite notes by hand or type. I prefer typing because my handwriting is atrocious.
- Do headers in different colors
- Highlight vocabulary terms
- Try writing in capitals and cursive to indicate different and important information
- KEY TIP: Do the writing first then highlight. This will force you to read them again.
2. MEMORY MATRICES: Use memory matrices for key terms
- Basically a table of terms and their respective associations
- These are best for memorization of terms with functions
- I used these in anatomy and they were a lifesaver.
3. SUMMARIZE: each page of your notes
- Go through each page of your notes (or every four slides if a powerpoint) and summarize it
- Add this on to the beginning of your study guide.
4. REARRANGE: rearrange your notes so that they make comprehensive sense
- See if you can put your notes in an order that makes sense to you
- Your brain will memorize this order, easier then if you leave your notes alone
5. COLOR: use color, tables, and pictures
- Your brain will love color more, it is stimulating
- It makes taking notes fun
- Put a picture with each section, you will remember that picture and it may help you memorize that section of information
- I arrange my Vitamin and Mineral notes with different colored tables. t really helps when you are thinking about it during the test!