Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

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Recently, a student asked me for my hot list of academic life-changers; key study skills you can use to dominate your grades. Here goes… 1) Get help. It’s the 21st Century, fellow netizens! Flying cars, robotic house maids, and personal jet packs are now commonplace… okay, well, maybe not. But it’s still the 21st Century!, whichContinue reading “Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes”

5 Easy Review Tricks That Maximize Learning (Part 3)

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  Part Three of 5 Easy Review Tricks series — See the other parts at the bottom of this post. 3. Follow the Triple The Time (TTT) Rule Long Term. Continue to learn/review in loops over days and weeks, not just during a given study session. Review a given set of notes/flashcards/vocab list 24 hoursContinue reading “5 Easy Review Tricks That Maximize Learning (Part 3)”

5 Flashcard Mistakes You May Be Making

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Most of us have been making flash cards since an enthusiastic third-grade teacher first used them to pound the multiplication facts into our resisting little cranial cavities. Why did she do it? Why, Mrs. Payne, why? News flash; Flash Cards, boring and basic though they may be, work. But. They don’t work nearly as wellContinue reading “5 Flashcard Mistakes You May Be Making”

Best Study Schedule

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Rank these professions in order of average IQ, highest to lowest (just give it your best guess). Neurosurgeon Nuclear physicist Professor of Law New York cab driver Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. There are probably some real idiots in those first three professions, and there are probably some certifiable egg-heads driving cabs. ButContinue reading “Best Study Schedule”

Flash Cards

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Flash cards are a powerful tool to help you memorize things such as vocabulary, mathematical formulas, history facts, and spelling. Here are some strategies to help you get the most from your flash cards. Use flashcards in several different colors. Use each color as a cue to help recall something about the fact on thatContinue reading “Flash Cards”

Flash Cards for Vocabulary Memorization

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Flash Card Do’s Do use flashcards in three different colors. Positive words–such as benign , sagacious, and staunch–could go on green, blue, or mauve 3×5 cards. Negative words–such as mendacious , stultify, and malevolent–might go on red, yellow, or puce 3×5 cards. Neutral words–like rebuttal , soporific, and nominal–could go on white, tan, or taupeContinue reading “Flash Cards for Vocabulary Memorization”