My advice: run a post-exam post-mortem on your most recent finals. This should suggest some new note-taking and review tactics for your to deploy at the start of the next semester. Treat this as an experiment. After you get back your first graded assignments of the new semester, conduct another post-mortem, evaluate what worked and what didn’t, and make further changes. –Cal Newport

Perhaps you’ve noticed by now; I’m an unabashed Cal Newport groupie (Cal authored How to Become a Straight-A Student). With the pearl of advice above, he again nails it. It is always excellent advice to institute a feedback system; as you go through the semester, evaluate you’re performance and revise as needed. Let’s polish the pearl a bit. Grade your performance as soon after a test as possible, while the wounds are still raw. What did you do right? Where can you improve? What did you study that wasn’t on the test? What did you not study that was on the test? What questions or problem types surprised you, either in content or form? How will you study more effectively for the next test?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), (attributed)




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