Preparing for Practice Exams by Karen Boyes is a very informative study guide, to help with mock exams. Karen is an expert in effective teaching and learning, study skills, motivation and positive thinking.
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How to make sure you’re studying the right stuff
A lot of students fall into the trap of studying everything. Everything ever mentioned in class, and every topic they come across in a textbook. This is not a sustainable or effective way to study. You’ll spend too much time studying irrelevant topics and burn out before you’ve covered the important stuff.
The solution: Make subject maps
A subject map is a list of all the important topics within a subject. Having a subject map will help you remember all the things you need to study and stop you from getting off track.
Follow these steps to make a subject map for every subject you have an exam in. It will only take you a few minutes!
1) Take a blank piece of paper and title it with the name of the subject.
2) Write down the name of the first achievement standard in that subject you’re going to study for.
3) Under this, list as bullet points all of the important topics you need to know for this achievement standard.
4) Below each topic jot down a couple of main points or important key words.
5) After you’ve written down all of the topics for the first achievement standard, move on to the next one.
Each subject map might take up 2-3 pieces of paper. As you study you can tick the topics that you’ve covered to keep tabs on what you’ve got left to study. You wouldn’t go on a road trip without a road map and studying is no different.
Making study notes
Some students aren’t quite sure what studying is all about. I don’t blame you if you don’t – studying is a complex business. There’s no perfect way to do it and we all learn differently, so no wonder a lot of students find studying difficult. However, there is one extremely important aspect of studying that all students should be doing during their study break. It doesn’t matter what their skill level is or how they learn. This is making study notes.
You spend the majority of your study time making study notes. Study notes should be written in your own words and should explain all of the topics you need to understand for your exams. Your study notes can be made up of a mixture of things – full sentences, bullet points, diagrams, whatever. The point is – do whatever makes you remember the best. You’ll probably have to practice writing study notes for a little while to see what you like doing best.
There’s something that all great studiers do to make sure they remember what’s in their study notes. They re-write all of the important bits again in shorter form. This means you write out the really important topics – the ones you know you’re going to be examined on – again. Re-write your study notes in a much shorter form – use shorter sentences or even just keywords.
The act of re-writing study notes firmly imprints the content of your study notes onto your memory. The more you think about what you’re studying, the more you will understand it, and the greater chance you will have of remembering it in your exam.
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