Study Advice

Chelsea Ferrie: Psychology-4th Hour

Improving Memory

Tip # 1- Don't skimp out on exercise and sleep. Exercising can enhance your brain's ability to process, recall information, and increases oxygen flow to your brain. Sleep deprivation compromises memory consolidation, creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Tip #2 - Control Your Stress. Chronic stress can damage brain cells and the hippocampus.


Tip #3 - Use Mnemonics Devices. Mnemonic devices help people associate information with devices like pictures, sentences, or a word.


Tip # 4- Make Regular Study Sessions. Study material over numerous sessions instead of cramming studying into one night, can give you the time for your o process the information.


Tip# 5 - Relate Things You Already Know to New Information. By connecting new information to existing memories, you can increase the likeliness of you recalling the information.


Websites: http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm and http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/tp/memory_tips.htm


Test Types

Math Tests

Way #1- Memorize the formulas but apply the material. Use this equation when studying: Understanding + Practice + Review = Ability to spot solutions. Also, relating math to something you know and like can help you understand the material. (Long Term)


Way #2- Practice by doing similar problems. Ask questions to your instructor if you do not understand. Make sure you know how to apply the material since you will use it later. Your study time for math should be at least as long as your study periods for other classes. Study in a group of friends, you can help each other out. ( Long Term)


Websites: http://www.geniusonpurpose.com/effective-study-skills/how-to-study-for-a-math-test/

http://mathcs.slu.edu/undergrad-math/success-in-mathematics


Science - Diagram

Way #1 - Set time aside every night for a least a week before the test to review material. Find a place to study that has little distractions and maybe study with a partner. Use study aids such as highlighting, outlines, creating a song, flashcards, etc. (Long Term)


Way #2 - Practice on old exams and homework. Study with these materials with a group of your friends. Develop a study routine that works best for you. Organize your material to make it easier to study with. You can also write down the information you know and make a flow chart with it. ( Long Term)


Websites -http://www.lz95.net/mss/faculty/eschoo/PDF%20FILES%20SCIENCE/Science/Reference%20Pages/How%20to%20Study%20for%20a%20Science%20Test.pdf


http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/health-and-support/exam-preparation-ten-study-tips


Language Arts- Reflection

Way #1- Try to visualize the material. Make sure you read the questions closely. Watch out for negative words like NOT or ANTONYM. Closely review the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the material. This information usually appears on tests. (Short Term)


Way #2- Set time aside to study the material, either in a group or by your self. You can practice with sample questions. Familiarize your self with tests that are given by your instructor. This way you can expect what will be on the test. (Short Term)


Websites:http://www2.uic.edu/stud_orgs/prof/ftc/testtips.html

http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/0049.pdf

Social Studies - Essay

Way #1- Review the material for the essay. Make sure the material you are going to put in the essay pertains to the question being asked. Create an outline for the essay. Have your essay include an introduction, a conclusion, and support for you points. Furthermore, make sure you understand the information because you have to go in detail about it for the essay. (Short Term)


Way #2- Review chapter titles because these are usually themes for questions. When taking notes, watch your teacher for clues that the material might be on the test. When studying, practice writing out different essay questions. ( Short Term)


Websites: http://www.ci.maryville.tn.us/mhs/studyskills/jrsrengssessay.htm

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/schooltests/a/essaytest.htm

Physical Education - Multiple Choice

Way # 1-For a multiple choice test, make sure that you know the material since the instructor may reword the question different than the book. Also, begin to study early because multiple choice test tend to focus on details. Making lists and tables can help with this. (Short Term)


Way# 2- Review your notes and previous homework in study sessions. These study sessions should be in intervals with 5 to 10 min breaks in between the sessions. Furthermore, review multiple choice testing strategies. (Short Term)


Websites-http://www.uwec.edu/geography/ivogeler/multiple.htm

http://testprep.about.com/od/tipsfortesting/ht/How_To_Study_Multiple_Choice.htm

Memory Blank?

Just sit back and relax. Try to calm your nerves. Once you have relaxed, read the question again. If you still can't think of anything, move onto the next question and come back.


Website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/uk/beating_exam_stress/newsid_1987000/1987281.stm