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Can Someone help me study. I have my own material..

Hi I am in the military and I have an exam coming up. Its going through a bunch of instructions, and we have to memorize it for an exam. I dont know if someone can help, but I would like to ask anyways. thank you.

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I suggest you post questions here as they come up. They are answered the same day, sometimes within minutes.

Sandra:
   Use color and shapes to help you memorize the information. Let say you are studying about the different types of sharks in the world for example. You can classify the dangerous sharks in red marker lets say and write a summary about their habitat, feeding habits, etc in that color. Then you might draw a picture a a skull and crossbones next to the names of these sharks meaning that they are dangerous to humans.  You get the idea. The combination will reenforce what you are learning. I hope this helps you.
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Here are a few general study tips that might help you.  As Chris suggested, the more specific your question is, the more specific the help can be.

 

1.  Spread out your studying over time.  Don't try to prepare for the test with one large study session.  If possible, spend a small amount of time (an hour or less) each day for several days.  Start with the basci material and get more complicated each day.


2.  If you need to study a passage of reading, begin by reading whole thing straight through (do not stop to focus on details or retention).  Read the passage a second time, slowing down to highlight the most important things.  Focus on getting some understanding of difficult topics on the second time through.  After you are confident that you have highlighted everything that is important, copy the highlighted things to note cards (never write more than three facts on a card).  Once you have copied the facts that you are going to study to notecards, you can carry them with you to study in periodic free-time, rather than carrying a book.

3.  If you need to memorize (verbatum) a list, passage, etc. break into into small pieces and memorize a piece at a time.  Again, it is better to do this as several small sessions (I find I memorize best in sessions of about five minutes) than to try to memorize all at once.  Also, I find that the time spent walking from place to place is a good time to repeat memorized passages and lists to myself, just be sure to not memorize the information incorrectly.

I hope these study tips help you and that you do well in your upcoming test.

 

Making up a tune and word association makes memorization fun and easy for me.  For little kids the alphabet song is a great tool.  For older students a good example of the method is when Trudy on the Fact of Life had to memorize the Table of Periodic Elements.  Gold is AU and her word association was something close to, "Eh, you! Don't steal my gold watch!"

One of my colleagues pasted the Krebs Cycle on his bathroom wall to help him memorize and understand it.

His apartment was full of index cards attached to different objects he used daily. That way he could review a history course while cooking. Memorize scripture while dressing, etc. Of course, it was spread out over the entire course, not crammed in at the end.

Two recommendations that I might make are: 1. Before you read the material, glance through the passage and see if there are specific units. If so, then you can begin to develop some questions that you think might be on the exam. After reading the passage, see if you can answer the questions you were reading to find the answers to. 2. This might sound bizarre, but it does often work. As you study, note what pen, pencil, type of clothes, munchies, etc. that you have in your study area. For instance, if you have a peppermint gun or candy, a yellow pencil and a black pen, a white tee shirt and shorts, try to have the same things either on you or around you when you take the test.
I'm a huge advocate of flash cards. If you have your own study material, make up flash cards with a question on the front and answer on the back. Once you have a dozen or so cards, you are ready to go. Put them in a pile, with the questions facing up. Try to answer each one. As you answer each question place the card into one of two new piles, "correct" and "incorrect". After your first pass, you can try to answer each card in the "incorrect" pile again. If you get the answer correct, add it to the "correct" pile. If not, put it back in the "incorrect" pile. Continue doing this until all of the cards end up in the "correct" pile. Once all of the cards are in the "correct" pile, it is time to create another dozen cards with questions on one side and answers on the back. Each night, go through ALL of the cards until they all end up in the "correct" pile, and add another dozen. Within a week, you will be amazed at the amount of material you have memorized. Best of Luck, Bob Brendel

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Robert, I am a flash card fan also. It took me all through every one of my Emergency Medical Technician courses. It was amazing how many of my classmates (fellow rangers) borrowed or made copies of those cards to help them.

When it comes to subjects that require memorization, such as vocabulary words in another language, or learning all the characteristics of all the great apes vs monkeys, flash cards are a great help every time.  I find that writing out my own cards, with the information written the same way every time, gives me a bit of a head start.  Organizing properly, then carrying around at least a portion of the flash cards in a pocket, so when there's a window of opportunity to review some cards while taking a break, isn't overwhelming. By scheduling a time to review the cards for 15-30 minutes, then break off for awhile, it becomes easy to start recognizing one, then several, until suddenly most of them are easy to remember.
At that point, concentrating on the "problem" cards for intensive review for 10-15 minutes at a time starts to make those flash cards easier to learn.
 
three things to concentrate on; writing out the cards, carrying either some or all, depending on the pile size for short, concentrated review and finally, actually assigning a more intensive homework slot on the calendar, but not too long at any one sitting all work together to make certain that all the cards end up absorbed in memory.

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Major exams also require physical conditioning. Stay away from sugary foods, stick with protein and believe it or not, study with Baroque music playing in the background specifically Mozart-I passed a state exam doing this.

A quick memory tip is to make up a game of association,i.e. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for the math process of what procedure to do first.

Another idea, once you have read and underlined main ideas, is to paraphrase everything in your own words and your own way. Some students like to create a visual using their own outline, web or the standard reporter questions: who, what, when, where and why, how, chart. Small study periods make more info retainable and also works best if the length of time stays the same, if you know you can study 45 minutes at lunch, 30 minutes before dinner and 1 hour after dinner, that's what you do.

if you have a choice of day and time for the exam, chose when you are the alertest.  The day of the exam, relax, no cramming and bring a protein snack to eat just before going in to the room.  Cheese sticks, a yogurt, nuts-anything protein and NO sugar.

Good luck and I hope you do well. JA McKay

 

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I agree and will add further comments later.

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I agree that spreading out the studying will help you the most.  Studying the week or two before the test will help you to remember more, rather than cramming it in the night before.  I had to memorize about 40 Scripture passages one time for an exam and I wrote each one on an index card.  I paced around my house studying them the week before the test and went over them everyday for about half an hour (so I was able to go over them a few times in a session) and I did very well.  It depends on which ways you study best though, but keeping in mind that spreading the studying out over time will help!  Good luck on your exam!