Study Skills

Study Skills

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Tips for Recalling Content

Prepare Flash Cards

- All courses may require you to do some memorization for items such as formulas, chemical equations, artwork, dates, authors, definitions or chronologies
- Try using flash cards to help with memorization. Buy a stack of index cards and put the prompt on one side and the answer on the other. Create them early on in the semester, and study with the cards
- Carry your flash cards with you to study in short, spare moments, such as when you are waiting in line or riding the bus

Create Diagrams to Help Summarize Information

- Draw a diagram to provide a pictorial representation of the subject
- Try a concept map with the most important idea in the centre, and then various branches showing the relationships between other ideas and their subcategories

Use Strategies to Help Reduce Forgetting

- Test yourself as you study
- Over-learn the material so that you can't forget it
- Use:
     1) Mnemonics (i before e except after c)
     2) Acronyms (HOMES is an acronym for Great Lakes - Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior)
     3) Acrostics (Kings Play Chess On Fairly Good Soft Velvet is an acrostic for Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety)
     4) Analogies (lungs = trees, pump = heart)
     5) Keywords linked to other information

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