Tips for Remembering What You've Learned
When it's time to prepare for an exam, many students like to study by rereading their textbooks and notes. However, doing so may actually be a waste of time.
According to a recent study, reading the same material over and over is not an effective study method. This is because you get most of the useful information from a text during your first reading of it. The second time around, your mind tells you that you know the information already. This makes you pay less attention to what you're reading.
A good strategy is to create questions about the material that you're studying and then try to answer them. If you're learning about a war, ask yourself where and when it took place and how it started. Your textbooks may include such questions already, but you can make up your own questions if you need more practice. Even if you don't get all the answers right, the process of asking and answering will make you think more deeply about what you're studying.