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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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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