Sometimes, learning on your own isn’t as effective as learning as part of a group. There’s a lot of evidence pointing towards collaborative learning being more effective than learning on one’s own. Even lectures can help someone learn as long as they know how to listen effectively.
Everyone has their own studying habits that they've developed over the years. Here are some of the more effective strategies I use:
1. Read everything out loud. Explain what you study to someone close by, a pet, an invisible audience, etc. Skimming and telling yourself "I understand it" is one thing, but can you shut your book and accurately express that knowledge to the world? Maybe not so much.
2. Get up and walk around. Go talk to a parent, friend or sibling about your studying progress. Every little while stand up from your chair and get active. Find the right balance of book crunching and active movement that fits your brain's attention span.
3. Choose studying over sleep (personal preference). You can always get those hours of sleep back later in the week, but you will never make up the time you could have spent studying. Sure it might not be all that healthy but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get things done.
As for this class, never fall behind and try your absolute best to be there for every class. Missing a day in Ms. Loree's SBI4U is like missing a full week in any other class. Cheers to a fun semester (not sarcasm this time).
Some advice that I’d give to someone taking this course would be to always keep up with the notes and pay attention in class. Lots of useful and important information is repeated in class so its important to pay attention to that. Also I believe it’s important to take the time to actually learn and understand the material. A study tip that I feel is effective is to learn material as you are learning it because studies show that short study sessions are more effective than super long ones and it can also be less stressful. Also when learning new things, I find it effective to pretend like you’re teaching someone (or just yourself) rather than rereading notes.
Some study tips that I discovered:
1. Fuel your body with nutritious foods that help in concentration and memory (Ex. nuts, seeds, yogurt).
2. Turn it into a game for yourself. Learn the material through flashcards, quizzes, or puzzles that will keep you motivated.
3. Study in different places. Some people learn better when they assign different objects in different rooms and study the topic in a certain place.
4. Try to study a couple of minutes right before bed. The brain strengthens new memories during sleep, so there’s a good chance you’ll remember whatever you review before dozing off.
Tips for this course is to stay caught up on all the videos, and always write down the extra details said in them.
- Pay attention in class, and finish work on time, so that you can work on mastery checks.
- Complete mastery checks before the test, so you don't waste time during test time.
- Start studying for the test early, so you can cover anything.
By just reading your notes, you are not effectively studying. You may be familiar with the words but you won’t know what fits where. To effectively study and actually retain information, one should use creative ways to study such as making a song, testing yourself, teaching it to someone else etc.
1. Use flow charts and diagrams
At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie.
2. Explain your answers to others
Explain an answer to a question to your family or friends. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.
3. Take regular breaks
Studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.
Tips for studying:
1) Take breaks while studying
2) Sleep well
Studying with friends is a wise option as you can share knowledge with each other.
Since exams are literally next week, here are five tips that can help with your studies:
1. Don't leave it to the last minute and cram. Retaining information is much better when it's spaced out, so if you haven't started studying yet, you still have approximately 4 days!
2. Find a place you can work. Some people prefer places where they're home alone and can focus while others prefer being out in the open. Whatever your preference is, finding that perfect place can help a lot with your studying!
3. Practice taking quizzes online or redoing old tests. Redoing these tests can help build stronger connections. Not only that, but using flashcards or testing a study partner can produce the same effects!
4. Get yourself away from the online world while studying. Having your phone next to you, it serves as a distraction when you get a notification from your friends while you're trying to focus.
5. Knowing how to explain concepts and terms to yourself. When you are able to explain things out loud to yourself, it can help you remember information better. Reading something once then explaining it to yourself is much more beneficial than if you were to reread your notes over and over again.
With that said, good luck with your exams!
1) work hard
2) take breaks
3) review notes
4) play interactive games
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