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Study now and relax later!!
Study Tips- Form Mnemonics
- Chunking- group vocabulary words that are most difficult to remember in categories you believe will help you recall them on the test later on!
- Acronyms- create a word that will help you remember specific terms or concepts! For an example, if a teacher asked you to state the 5 traits of conscientiousness, would you be able too? Nope! So create an acronym such as CANOE. Each letter will stand for a specific trait so come test time, you will be able to determine the five traits instantly!
- Pay attention and engage in conversation when the teacher asks questions and has open discussions. If you are unsure of anything, ASK! Unanswered questions will lead to even more unneeded confusion.
- Keep your textbook out for reference during class. If the teacher is going over concepts that are difficult to understand, resort to looking at the modules in the book. Sometimes hearing and reading information twice makes the information sink in a lot better.
Electronics are helpful too!
When you are out and about, no worries! You still have the ability to study! Most of the digital devices we have today allow us to download apps and access websites that enable us to study even when we don't have our flashcards or textbook with us. Quizlet is a highly effective app that will not only allow you to make your own flashcards, but it will also help you access other people's flashcards too. If you are a visual learner, you can paste pictures next to the vocab words. Play games, mix and match, and practice tests are some of the many features Quizlet offers its users.
Use the Internet!
When all else fails, resort to looking up practice tests on the Internet. Many psychology teachers post tests that have been successful for their former students. The more you research and the more you do, the better recall you'll have of the information come test day. You can also find games that will help you memorize the words faster. The faster the better!
When nothing is making sense, talk to your fellow peers. Maybe they might be successful in explaining it to you when you don't understand. Studies have proven that when you repeat information to others, the better you are to store it in long term memory. Especially, around AP exam time, form study groups that will help reinforce important concepts. It may only be for 30 minutes everyday, but with distributive study techniques, success will be just around the corner. Remember, anything is possible!