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Study Guide Questions

1.     Set Goals and Priorities
Organize your schedule wisely. Consider:
I. What classes do you need to graduate; to prepare for your future after high school (college, trade school, and etc.)?
II. Which classes do you want to take?
III. Extra-curricular activities--will they allow you ample study time?
IV. A balanced schedule--avoid taking all difficult courses in one semester.
2.     Use Classroom Time Wisely
The more focused you are in class, the more you will learn and the less time you will have to spend on that course outside of class.
I. Increase your concentration by sitting closer to the front of the classroom.
II. Always be prepared when you get to class.
III. Take notes.
IV. Ask questions if you don't understand something.
V. Try to complete as many of your assignments in class as possible.
VI. Try to never miss a class; if you must, be sure to make up the day's assignment or look over a friend's notes for what you missed.
3.     Complete All Assignments
Ungraded assignments are just as important as graded ones and should never be neglected. They are much like what practice is to athletes and musicians. They keep the material fresh in your mind and are usually given in the form of reading assignments, research papers, and projects for science and art, and etc. Multiple short, graded assignments help to monitor your progress and to build your skills gradually. Major graded assignments often count as a large percentage of your grade and usually are in the form of major exams, research papers, projects for science or art, and etc. Always hand your work in on time; teachers often deduct points for late work.
4.     Improve Study Habits
The best approach is to plan a study schedule to allow ample time for all of your courses.
I. Have a specific study place.
II. Set aside more time for your harder subjects.
III. Take notes as you read and review them with your class notes.
IV. Keep up with all of your assignments--it will make studying for the tests easier.
5.     For Exam Study
I. Select a study method appropriate for the material (i.e., group sessions may be good for discussing ideas for an essay test).
II. If you know you'll have essays and you're aware of what might be asked, make an outline of how you would write it.
III. Review all reading and class notes; make lists or outlines of important facts--dates, names, formulas, and etc.
IV. Create a sample test for yourself. Once you've taken it, go back and concentrate on things you missed or left blank.
V. If you're having trouble remembering material, write it out, recite it, and try to think of associations which will trigger your memory during a test.
VI. Shortly before an exam, glance back over your notes to have the material fresh in your mind.
6.     Master Test-Taking Skills
Taking tests can be stressful, and often, even though you know you've studied thoroughly, you may not do well on a test, due to other circumstances. Here are some things that can improve your test-taking skills:
I. Get a good night's sleep the night before.
II. Make a list of things you'll need for the test (i.e., scratch paper, pens, etc.) and put it in a place where you'll be sure to see it before the test.
III. When you receive the exam, write your name on it immediately.
IV. Carefully read or listen to instructions about the test . Many people fail because they jump into tests without following instructions.
V. If you're stumped by a question, skip it and return later.
VI. When you've finished, go back and check your test for blanks and simple mistakes.
VII. Resist the temptation to change an answer--your first impulse is most often right.
VIII. For essay tests, note how much each essay is worth and budget your time accordingly.
IX. Keep your answers simple and to the point; give relevant examples to support your main ideas.
X. For math and science tests, be sure you know how much work you are expected to show when solving problems.
XI. Above all, make sure that you understand the questions on your test. If not, ask your teacher.
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