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COMPASS: Study Skills

There are many ways to work with the information and test your knowledge in each subject area.

  • Identify the main topics and write down everything you know about each one. Once completed, review with your notes and highlight the items that you left out to focus on more heavily;

  • Develop questions that you would ask if you were leading the class. Use this as a study guide and quiz yourself;

  • If there are items that you can easily compare, such as elements from the periodic table or influential leaders in history, create a chart to find commonalities and differences;

  • Practice explaining the concepts you've learned in class to others;

  • Redraw visuals used in the notes/books/etc.;

  • Write a summary of your notes in your own words;

  • Rewrite the notes from your reading and the class together.

What other things should you think about?

  1. Make sure the environment you study in is similar to the one you will be testing in – you perform better when you practice where you will play!

  2. If you're having trouble staying focused, try writing everything on your mind in a notebook to revisit once you're done studying.

  3. The more often you review, the easier it will be to recall your notes.

Not sure how you learn best? Use the VARK questionnaire to get an idea of what might work for you.

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