05-13-2010 - MTFF: How to Save Time Studying
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MTFF: How to Save Time Studying Sent Thursday, May 13, 2010 
May 13th 2010
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach

A Note From Julie

Hi ,

We are definitely still in the season of exams and testing. MCAS is hitting big time in our house just now with Math this week and Science coming hot on its heels. Many students panic when trying to study for tests so this week I wanted to give you a few tips on how you can read to remember. This will save you time by focusing your mind and making sure that what goes in stays in.
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Wishing happiness and success


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    Reading to Remember

    The key to reading to remember is to make it interactive.  This engages the brain and lets the learning sink in while reducing the likelihood of you drifting off.

    You want to make a key as you read and annotate.  This allows you to stay alert while reading, organize the material and actually begin memorizing as you read. Also, you can come back before the test and know EXACTLY what you were reading without having to re-read!

     Here is what I seen some students use:
    * Star- (In the margin with the sentence highlighted or underlined). For essential points or the main statement. There should be only one of these at most per page. The star makes it easy to see what the most important idea on the page or section is and it is easy to go back to it.

  •   Bullet- (In the margin with the sentence highlighted or underlined) Definitions or important facts to remember. There should be a few for each page, usually one for paragraph because each paragraph usually has one essential point.

  • 1)..2)..3) Lists- Anything that is in a list form in a paragraph or on a page, mark in the margin the numbers of the list and, if there is room, what the list is in the margin.

    Box the Word- Put a box around and important dates or keywords or vocabulary words so you can easily reference them. This also works great in poetry and literature class, where you are trying to find a recurring theme or word.

    --> Arrow- Put this next to a sentence or phrase that you want to come back to/remember/ bring up in your class or presentation.

    ? Question Mark- This can either be for an actual question you have about something in the text or for a question you want to bring up to a professor, in a study group or in class.

    Another Color Pen or Highlighter- Sometimes you have to go back to the text to find quotations for an essay, or examples for a test. Or you might be reading and keeping a research paper in the back of your head for the end of the year paper. Use another color to highlight a different theme or for another assignment so it is easy to refer back to and you do not have to re-read the entire text.
    Tweak the key to whatever makes the most sense to you and you can adapt it to any subject. For one history course I also had four colored highlighters and I would highlight all political facts in blue, economic in green, social in orange, and everything else in purple. It made sense for the class at the time.

    If your reading is from text books and you don't own the book, consider copying the pages and making your notes on those. This has the added benefit of not having to carry the whole book around everywhere when you only need to study a section.

    If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.
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