Advice from an expert
Last year we teamed up with pro tutor and SAT test expert @prepwithjen. In her video Jen goes over some fantastic and proven methods on taking notes and studying for exams. As a professional tutor Jen has seen it all! Her experience has taught her the most effective tips and techniques in test preparation. In this video Jen walks us through the whole process from taking notes in class to feeling prepared and confident at test time. Get ready for some truly EPIC study tips!
Study Tips Overview
What did you think of those study tips? Are you feeling ready to take on the world of test taking! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or reach out to us & tell us what techniques you use on test day. Here's some key takeaways if you don't have time to watch the whole video:
Foundational Work ✍️
- Good Notetaking is at the heart of good test taking. Building a solid foundation will make the work down the road easier.
Create a Study Plan 📝
- Create an Exam Topics list & ‘Difficulty Tracker’ so you can check your progress as you go & easily review subjects. (see Diagram 1A below)
Review Your Notes 👀
- Reviewing regularly in smaller sessions is more impactful than cramming all at once near the end. For more info on good note taking we reccomend this video.
Digitize Your Notes 📲
- SCRIBZEE® can easily store all your handwritten notes so they can be accessed on any mobile device or computer. Study flashcards on the go with ‘quiz mode’ or review all your lecture notes by searching your handwriting in app!
Ramp Up To Test Day 📈
- Get a good night’s sleep & stay prepared for the big day. SCRIBZEE® can help you set alerts for test day & last-minute studying to help you be as noteworthy as possible!
Difficulty Trackers are an integral part of your foundational work for study prep. What is a difficulty tracker you ask? A difficulty tracker is a technique for organizing study progress and keeping track of where needs the most attention. Also called homework trackers or study trackers, this method is most useful for subjects like science or math which have many pages of problem sets. There’s no wrong way to make one but here are some steps to help you get started:
- Begin by drawing a line down the center of your page.
- To the left write the questions, on the right, write out the answers in as much detail as possible. Then analyze your answers to determine their difficulty.
- Create your difficulty tracker by making a box located in the top, right-hand corner of the page. List the problems by number, then give each problem a rating based on how difficult it was to answer. E=easy, M=medium, H=hard is a straightforward system, but you can use any set of symbols you like.
- Place a blank page over the right side of your page when you want to attempt the answers again.
By labeling each page with a tracker you can quickly scan your notes to find the areas where you need more practice.
Or you can scan it in SCRIBZEE® for even easier access when studying! 😀 https://t.co/IOFoultnva
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We hope these tips are as helpful as they are EPIC! We know you will get out there & be successful no matter what test you’re taking. Hamelin Notebooks & FLASH 2.0 Index Cards are the perfect studying tools for anyone with a noteworthy attitude. Study hard and ace your next test, and the one after that, and after that … ace every test with Hamelin + SCRIBZEE®!
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