Study Strategies that Work!!
**Created by Lauren McGovern and Students**
1. Flashcards: Using index cards or slips of paper write a key term/important event on one side of the paper/card and then draw an illustration around it. Afterwards, write the meaning of your key term, or the significance of your event, on the opposite side of the paper/card.
2. Make a Practice Test: Using key terms or important information from your unit, make a practice test…create fill in the blanks, multiple choice, true/false, diagrams, and/or short answer questions. After quizzing yourself, feel free to trade practice tests with a partner!
3. Pillow Method: Fifteen minutes before you go to sleep, review your flashcards, notes, or practice test. Afterwards, place your study materials under your pillow. When you wake up the next morning, quiz yourself and see how much you remember!
4. Erase and Use It Again: Place your practice test into a plastic sleeve. Using a dry erase marker fill in your answers. After your test is corrected, erase your responses and try the test again!
5. Silly Sentence: If you need to memorize the order or sequence of information, create a silly sentence using the first letter of each word you are studying. For example, when memorizing the order of the planets try: My Very Enormous Moose Just Sank Under Nevada= Mercury, Venus,Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
6. Jingle or Song: Put your silly sentence to a beat! Feel free to create movements to go along with your song. Try a familiar tune like “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” or “I’m a Little Tea Pot”.
7. Study Buddy: Using your flashcards or notes, have a partner quiz you on the test’s material. Make two piles as you go. One pile shows the information you know instantly. The other pile shows the information you need to review. Before reversing roles, have your partner test you on the “review” pile.
8. Write and Rewrite: Write the important facts to your unit, and/or definitions to your key terms three times. Then quiz yourself (or have a partner quiz you) and see how much you remember!