High school students can sometimes find themselves in a rut if they have not retained information. Although their minds should be attentive and focused in class, many students fail to take the next step that involves actual retainment of newly gained knowledge. Memorizing key points for an exam, however, is not that difficult to do if you follow the tips below:
1. The first step always takes place in the classroom. If you are not taking good notes, then you will not be able to remember the important parts of your notes, or you cannot study properly. To make sure that you are taking good notes, you should:
– Use separate notebooks or divided parts of your binder to take notes for each class. The notebooks should also be set up: number all of the pages, leaving the first five pages blank so that you can write down a table of contents. If you are using a binder with dividers, use a separate sheet of paper to write a table of contents for each section.
– Using a ruler, every night before you go to bed you should prepare your notebook for class. Use the ruler to make a line from the top of the page to the bottom. It should separate 1/3 of the page from the other 2/3. Do this for at least five pages. The 1/3 part of the page will be reserved for your after-class questions and “home notes,” while the 2/3 will be used for your class notes.
– Be active when you use your notes. Ask questions when you go over your notes, and write them in the 1/3 part of the page.
2. Use flash cards
Flash cards have always been the foundation of many good academic projects. Even if you need to study for math or science, you can use flash cards to help you memorize the key points of your notes. Once you have gone over all of your notes, go over them again but write down the key points on to flash cards.
3. Ask someone to test you
After having gone over your flash cards at least five times, ask someone to test you. Have them write up a test, and then do it. Then, have them test you again using the flash cards. Then, finally, have them ask you questions using your notes.
The more that you are active with your notes, the more you will be able to memorize them. And, not only that, but you will retain the information instead of simply memorizing it for one test.