Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What-To-Know Wednesday : Tips + Tricks for Quiz-Studying

You’ll find that even during the first one or two weeks of classes, professors may give out the occasional quiz here and there. But don’t worry, no need to lose it. Whether it’s a little review of a prerequisite’s material, a professor’s way of making sure you read the syllabus, or a quick overview of Chapter One’s key words, you don’t want to be the one that fails the foolproof, first-week quiz just because you didn’t think it’d be a big deal.

So I’m here to tell you the some of my favorite ways to study for one of these “no-big-deal quizzes”, because yes, it’s still going to “count”, so yes, you should still study!

1.) Listen For Cues, Hints, or Outright Obviousness

Even if a professor doesn’t say, “we will be having a quiz next class on the syllabus,” that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re off the hook. So make sure to listen for those subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) cues and hints: “you’re gonna want to know this,” or, “makes sure you give that a careful read-through for Wednesday.” Sometimes a professor doesn’t want to come right out and tell you, because they want to make sure you’re going through the material on your own terms, or because they don’t want to make an already easy quiz too easy. So listen up, and make note of a potential upcoming quiz in your planner!

2.) Do the Reading and Take Notes!

This one might sound obvious. But lots of people are most inclined to skim through a reading to get the general gist, all the while, something much more specific is far more likely to show up on a quiz. So, while you read, make notes of bolded words, lists, definitions, you know- things that just look important. Mark it up, highlight, all that good stuff. Doing all these things while reading will help you better remember material later.

3.) Make Flashcards 

Once you’ve made a note of everything that seems quiz-worthy, make flashcards and go through them all several times to make sure you’ve really internalized the information. Personally, I love using flashcards, and I can’t study any other way. (If I get one right, I put it aside. If I get one wrong, I put it back at the bottom of the stack so I get it again later. I keep going through the stack until I’ve put all the cards aside…victory!!)

4.) Ace It!!! 

…annnnddd bask in the glory of how ready you were, even on class number two!

Study up folks, and be sure to stay tuned for the next Sum-It-Up Sunday on the 24th!

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