Rather than just being able to regurgitate information, however, (as this wont help you much on shorthand questions nor will it pay out in the long run) make sure to practice “active studying”. Don’t just hurl words and concepts in the format that you originally learned them.
Instead, find new and innovative ways of explaining the relationships between ideas and such, in your own way. By being able to do so, this will additionally help boost your ability to recall information. After all, you owe it to yourself to actually be able to apply the learned information of the course.
As you near exam-time, it’s a good idea to review notes and turn to your instructor for help on any concepts or ideas you might not understand fully.
Don’t be afraid to ask.
After all, instructors are there to help students help themselves, and most welcome the chance to work with students individually, to both talk to them about ideas and to get to know them beyond the scope of class content.
Never forget that they want to see you succeed.
Before turning to an instructor for guidance, you first need to clearly define what it is exactly that you need help with. This can be more difficult than it seems, especially if a subject itself is more complex.
Go back through your notes and try to pinpoint where things start to fall apart for you. Review carefully and try to isolate the specific instances when things become unclear. Once you’ve identified exactly what you need help with, make it even more crystal clear by writing it down. This will save both time and frustration, making it easier for both parties involved to work towards clarity.
So, at the end of this week you should have accomplished;
- Reviewing your lesson notes and
- Obtaining further clarification on difficult topics
I’ll talk to you next week as we continue to help you ace your exams.