Applying the Use of Note Cards as a Studying Technique

When you study, understanding how to retain the information once you have read the material is often difficult.  A good way to recall facts, ideas, opionions, processess, definitions, and terms is to use note cards.  The use of note cards as strategy to help you learn the information is often more effective in many ways, as they can be used for almost any of the subjects you study.  You can use note cards when reading books and literature to make note of the definitions of key words, in order to remember the information you read.  Focus on the diction used in the work, the setting, plot and roles fo the characters.  Write down meaningful quotes, as well as the roles, definintions of central ideas in literary works as you implement the strategy of using note cards to recall information.

When you are studying history, you can make note cards with key terms and facts and the definitions of those terms, along with short answer questions based on the questions in the reading and your own insight into the reading on the back of the card.  As you begin studying the sciences, you can write out processes, terms, facts, statistics, definitions, any way to connect processes or similar ideas together, and short answer questions on the back of the card.  You can also ask yourself questions with the answers on the back in different forms, whether it be fill in the blank format, word banks, writing out the answer, true/false, and multiple choice format, etc.

You can use the note cards for alsomost any subject including the Social Studies, English, Foreign Languages and Science.  You can organize your note cards by subject matter.  Write down the page number of your textbook to indicate where you got the information, as well as the page number in your notes (notebook) where you got the information.  Use notecards with spiral rings to keep with the cards or buy a clasp to hold your note cards.  Use a whole punch and put them in a notebook.  You can also use them when you write a research paper to write down specific quotes and pages to support the main ideas in the paper.  Make sure to use both your note from class and your textbook to make these cards.  Also, include information from worksheets and handouts in your study guides when you writed down the answers on your cards to review.  You can even organize the colored note cards to help you recall certain groups of information or facts in the same category.

By using note cards, you will be able to view the answer and you can write down the answer on a separate sheet of paper.  Make sure to review the note cards weekly, if not daily.  Work on them periodically throughout the week.  If you choose not to use note cards, make sure to follow these same ideas on notes that you can type or write out in a notebook or journal.  Make sure to be able to cover up the information that you must recall and then write out the answer to review.  Once you have mastered that material, continue to think of new ideas that might be on the tests or quizzes until the day of the test, if you have time.

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Time Management

In high school, you have to learn to manage your time wisely. You have countless tests, quizzes, papers, and projects.It is important to learn time management skills in high school so that when you get to college you will be able to succeed. College classes require you to spend hours each day per class to prepare and complete the work assigned. You will have to spend hours one day on one or two class and the other day the next one or two classes. In high school, you have numerous classes and you have to manage your time to complete all work on time. Make sure to use a planner and write down all of your assignments each day in them. Then use another calendar to write down when you need to complete your assignments. If you have a test, plan to start studying about two weeks ahead of time. If you have a quiz, give yourself a week to prepare. If you have a research paper, start working about three to four weeks ahead of time. Make sure to save the most time to study for your tests and complete homework. Give yourself 30 minute breaks in between. Study an hour a day for tests and give yourself 2-3 hours to do homework. Give yourself 30-40 minutes to work on homework for each class. Take a ten-fifteen minute break in between. Make sure to work on whatever is due first or what test or quiz you will have first and finish with the work that is due later. Study by quizzing yourself after you read each chapter.

Write down whatever you can remember and compare it to the book. You can study by making flash cards with the main terms. Also, write down questions about all of the main points on each page and put the answer on another page. Test yourself about everything you can remember by asking your  own short answer questions and fill in the blank questions. If you have essay questions to memorize in subjects like history, write the essay well in advance and re-read it until you have memorized it. Take in sections. Once you get one line or two memorized go to the next. Memorize paragraph by paragraph working on it some every day. Memorize a paragraph every day until you have the answer memorized. Write down the essay from memory three or four days before the test to make sure you can remember it. Review paragraphs you memorized the previous day the next to make sure you retained the information. Re-answer homework questions to quiz yourself for tests. These are all helpful strategies to help you succeed. It depends on how you study, what study methods work for you. If you are better at memorizing certain chapters quiz yourself by writing down whatever you can remember. If you need help recalling information write down questions of your own like a test and quiz yourself. Remember to always keep up with your notes from class and always work on revising them before the test day.

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The Importance of Academic Calendar Planning and Organization skills

When you are too busy due to all of your after school activities and other events outside of school, you may not remember when your next test or quiz is coming up which leads to a poor academic performance and issues at home. To avoid this from occurring, it is best to use an academic planner even if the school you attend does not require you to buy one and use or use one on a regular basis. Instead of just using a planner when you think your schedule is the busiest as some people do, it is best to use an academic calendar even when you are not as busy to keep from forgetting when your next assignments are due. It is easy to forget doing homework even when your schedule is not as full due to the numerous of assignments given per week.

It is best to either use an academic calendar that gives you enough space to write in detail what you need to have done that week and what is due in the near future as well as when to accomplish your goals. You may need to type a written calendar on your computer and save it to the desk top which will allow you to write out the details you need to remember in order to succeed. You may need to use your cell phone calendar and save events on it to keep from forgetting when your assignments are due. The typed calendar should have specific details about what the assignment is and when you will begin working on it as well as when you plan to have it finished by. If you do not finish the assignment as fast as you had planned keep track of the issue and reorganize your calendar by estimating how many hours you think it will take to complete it based on how many days you have left before it is due.

It is best to begin working on major projects at least a month or so before the project is due to make sure you don’t wait until the last minute. It is too easy to forget what the teacher assigned in the first place if it is a paper or presentation and you do not plan ahead. You will more than likely not do the assignment as well because it takes time to brain storm ideas and put them together in a cohesive way that follows the instructions. You may end up losing the assignment sheet or notes that you took with the details about the assignment if you wait until a few days before it is due. It is best to keep your papers and notes written about your assignments in separate folders. Keep your homework papers in one folder or section of your notebook, your tests and quizzes in another section or folder, and papers your teacher gives you providing you with details about your future assignments in another section or folder. If you don’t start trying to work on your study skills in high school you more than likely will not do well in your college courses due to the many other distractions you will have in college that will keep you from completing your goals if you let it. Do not be like the other students that let the distractions keep them from completing your goals by being intelligently planning ahead. Learning to have good study skills in high school will help you succeed in the future.

 

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Improving Your Scholarship in High School

In high school, you typically are very busy with after school activities and may not have enough time to put into your studies.  Nonetheless, you can still find time to set aside for your studies and work on improving your overall GPA by using your time wisely. Do not quit one of your activities if you can. Instead work to plan strategies that will provide you with more time to study by changing with your schedule. Add a study hall to your schedule to give yourself more time to study during the day, or make sure to use the time you have before your extracurricular activities begin to study. During your lunch break, use the time to study if you have an upcoming test or quiz.  It is better to get your work done earlier than later because you will be less likely to focus at night and you won’t do your best. Do not wait until late at night to study because you will not retain the information you need to succeed and do not cram the night before.  Make sure when you study on the weekends to take a short break every hour, because you can only focus for a certain amount of time. Your short term memory cannot remember what it needs to and process loads of new information if you wait until the night before an examination to study. You should make sure to study for a test at least two to three weeks in advance to remember the information.

You should go through your notes from class and power points. Use these notes as a guide when you go through your book. Re-write or type your notes by combining the notes from class and adding the corresponding information from the text to study. You can write questions for yourself on flash cards or make a chart out of the information with the answer on the other side to review. If you make a chart, you can fold the paper or cover the answer over so that you can look at the question and write it out and then check your answer on the other side of the page afterward. Make sure to re-read the chapters at least two to three times. When you read the chapters, make sure to annotate your text with notes and highlight important definitions, words, or phrases that you think are important and that were discussed in class. You can also create a mnemonic device as code to remember information.  If you don’t re-read the chapters and write a set of review notes or highlight important information, you will not retain the material as well. You must learn to take good notes in high school if you want to succeed in college. Do not sit in the class and not take down as many notes as you can. You will not get the information you need out of the course and at the end of the semester; you won’t remember everything the teacher said in class. Organize your notes and save all of your papers to study for an exam study guide.

Try these strategies, and find a study plan that works best for you. You can also create a study group and compare notes to make sure that you wrote down all of the most pertinent information from the lecture. You do need to focus on more than just your grades if you want to get into college as they look for the best leaders. Whether  you sign up for the debate team, dance team, mathletes, cheerleading, band, foreign language club, forensics, social studies club, joining the band, doing ballet, gymnastics, playing a sport, or playing other musical instruments you must show that you are dedicated to becoming a well-rounded scholar that will contribute to their campus. These activities improve your ability to think and reason critically on a much higher level, which will help you succeed in your studies. You can also use these activities as a guide to choose a major. If you succeed at activities that use the right side of your brain you should choose a major that is artistic, while if you excel at activities that use the left side of your brain you should choose a major that is scientific. Thus, to do your best make sure to manage your time wisely, continue to do extracurricular activities, and you will begin improving your scholarship in high school.

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Starting the School Year Strong

A new school year.  A new start.  Start the school year strong with the focus on organization.  Keep the course syllabus and all class handouts in three-ring notebook binders.  Have a binder for each course. Use a color coding system to help quickly identify the correct notebook.  For example, if you have a green math textbook, use a green notebook for Math.  Use a blue binder with your blue science book and so forth.  The color coding system works when you are short on time and need to get the correct books from your locker during class changes.

Use the binders daily to keep your papers neat and orderly.  When your teacher gives you a handout or returns graded assignments, put them into your notebook and make sure the grade on the assignment matches your grade in your computer student portal.  Look at your recorded grades weekly to make sure your assignments have been entered correctly.

Read your course syllabus.  Make sure you fully understand your teacher’s expectations on assignments and class content to be covered for the semester or quarter.  Write down all homework assignments including page numbers, due dates and other teacher requirements.  Don’t try to remember everything.  No matter how much you think you can remember it all, you won’t be able to.  Write down everything in your agenda book so that you can refer back to your assignments and reflect back over your day.

The most important thing is that you don’t get behind.  Look at your class syllabus and read upcoming chapters before the lesson is taught in class.  If the teacher teaches a new topic that you don’t understand, don’t wait to ask for help.  Ask questions in class. Find out if your teacher has before or after school tutoring hours.  Ask your classmates or get a tutor.  Work ahead of the class.  Read the syllabus and take note of the upcoming topics and read the chapter in advance.  When the teacher explains the topic in class, you will have confidence and a better understanding of the class material.

Get organized and stay organized. Read and study ahead. Ask questions and get help when needed to have a successful year so that you can start the school year strong and make the top grade.

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