As end of the year finals and quarterly tests approach, it’s as important as ever for students of all levels to have good, effective study skills. Active studying vs passive studying is a much more effective way to learn and to reinforce information.
For example, rather then reread a chapter in a History book, outline the chapter…. but how to outline… well there are many ways to make an effective outline (addressed in another blog post or at www.makethegrade.net).
Also, rather than scan Chemistry or Math concepts, catagorize problems into sets and do a series of practice problems.
Make flash cards for vocabulary rather then simply scanning word lists.
Active study takes about the same, or less, time than passive study and is much more effective.