It’s week 9 of our 12 Weeks Study With Me series and there’s still more to do.
If you’re new to this program and have no idea what the 12 Weeks program is you can view the previous week’s article here.
In a nutshell, the purpose of the program is to ace your exams using 12 sets of effective and actionable tips. Each tip is brought to you weekly with the hope to keep you on track.
So let’s continue on with week 9.
Essays and shorthand questions can undoubtedly be stressful.
If you were keeping up to date with us, you are fully aware of this because you have already written many essays last week.
But what’s great about essay questions, is that there’s really no concrete right or wrong answer.
Once you’ve practiced writing several potential essay questions, swap them with a classmate. This will allow you to explore and review each other’s unique understandings on the course materials that have been taught.
Additionally, others may catch things you might have missed and vice versa. In fact, this can serve as a big part of the learning process.
This technique is called peer reviewing.
Peer reviewing is not a new concept, and is a method that really works! Working with another classmate will allow you to explain concepts to one another, ultimately leading you to re-learn the course material all over again.
It’s also a great way to interchange ideas and opinions, taking your learning even deeper. Hearing other perspectives on certain problems can greatly help you understand what you’re learning in different ways, while also reinforce what you’ve learned yourself.
When it comes to receiving feedback from a peer review, never take anything too personally. View this activity as one in which only improvements can be made.
Furthermore, by pairing up you can pool together your insight and skills and hold one another (and be held) accountable in terms of keeping up with future studies leading up to the exam.
Similar to working in groups, it’s important that you choose a peer or peers, who will equally contribute and provide you with valuable feedback to help you to strengthen your knowledge before exam time.
So, at the end of this week you should have accomplished;
- Exchanging essays with a peer and gained additional insights into your course materials.
Next week, we’ll isolate your course topics and get final clarity on those difficult areas.
Have you tried peer review? If so, how did it work for you?