There are many techniques that may be used to improve the effectiveness of your study.
text books as a checklist for what to learn
self-assessment questions and exercises from practice questions (see photos for sample)
past exam papers or questions provided by your teacher
teacher's exam hints in class, tuition center discussion group
Test YourselfTo test yourself, you can:
work on problems in your textbooks and revision books that are similar to the ones that will be in the exam
try to reproduce your summaries, mind maps, mnemonics etc without looking at them
make up exam questions and answer them, then check with your textbooks etc
use your study groups friends and give each other mock tests
The strength of doing it with a friend is that you will have to explain it a number of times before he/she understands! In doing this you will be learning a little more each time you repeat it.
The other advantage is that you are using another of your senses, hearing, to help you learn. The more senses you can involve, the better you can learn.
A study group is a useful avenue for this strategy.
Just because you are familiar with these ways of organising information, don't forget to use them as often as you can. It is in the process of making these tables, diagrams, summaries and mind maps that you understand and learn.
These are probably the most common mnemonic used. First, identify the important or key words in your work. Then take the first letter of each of these words and make another word. You may have to use synonyms of the key words sometimes to make the acronym work better. For example, PASS is an acronym for Plan, Act, Survey, Stop.
These are useful when you can't easily make an acronym and there is a sequence you have to learn, where the items must be in a particular order. You take the first letter of each word of the sequence and use it for the beginning of words in a sentence you make up.
My Very Eager Mother Just Swam Under the North Pole.Recalling the sentence helps to trigger recall of the planets in their order from the sun! The possibilities for using this type of memory technique are only limited by your ingenuity.
But remember, the important thing is that mnemonics are a tool for learning, not just something that's a bit of fun that takes up a lot of your time to compose.
Good luck to all 3rd formers and 5th formers in your upcoming exams.
(Adapted from the University of Southern Queensland StudyDesk)