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### Study Skills

1. 1. I have enough time to make a real difference I CAN do it I WILL do it
2. 2. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD MEMORY
3. 3. How often should I revise?
4. 4. 10 mins 1 day 1 week 3 weeks Time Recall 100% 75% 50% 25% Review times are crucial no review 10 mins 1 day 1 week 3 weeks
5. 5. Review times are: 10 minutes <ul><ul><li>1 day </li></ul></ul>1 week 3 weeks
6. 6. The most important points about revision are that it must: <ul><li>OCCUR OFTEN </li></ul><ul><li>BE REPEATED AT THE </li></ul><ul><li>RIGHT INTERVALS </li></ul>
7. 7. Methods of revision Actually DO something ACTIVELY
8. 8. Eight methods: Find the one(s) that work for you
9. 9. do hear read say see
10. 10. We remember 20 % of what we read 30 % of what we hear 40 % of what we see 50 % of what we say 60 % of what we do AND 90 % of what we read, see, hear, say & do
11. 11. 1 . Use a highlighter pen on your notes THEN b) recite the main ideas AND c) write out formulae, definitions, vocabulary a) highlight the main points
12. 12. 2 . Make a list of the major points of each topic This helps you a) Break the work into smaller chunks b) focus more on the main points you have to remember
13. 13. Make lists of the major points using the following methods: a) numbering For example, for the forces topic in Physics 3 . Gradient of a d-t graph is the velocity 4 . Thinking distance=dist. travelled whilst thinking about stopping 1 . Velocity = distance time in m/s 2 . Distance-time graphs; t d constant velocity stood still t d
14. 14. b) Spider diagrams (sometimes called Mind Maps) FORCES stopping distance = thinking distance + braking distance a= change in vel. time in m/s/s acc. due to gravity is 10 m/s/s v-t graphs: t v const. acc. v t const. vel. v = d in m/s t Work (in J) = Force x distance Weight = mass x force of gravity (W=mg in N) Weight is a force <ul><ul><li>g = 10 N/Kg </li></ul></ul>
15. 15. how to draw spider diagrams: (i) Start in the middle of the page, with page sideways (this gives your brain maximum room for its thoughts) (ii) Draw a small picture/symbol FIRST (a picture is worth 1000 words to the brain) (iii) Try to use at least 3 colours (you remember more when it is in colour) (iv) Keep adding more facts and detail to the branches Always read a mind map from the CENTRE outwards
16. 16. you should use mind maps for: <ul><li>Taking notes from books </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming (when you are recalling info.) </li></ul><ul><li>Planning essays ( then number the branches so you </li></ul>know the order you will use them in) <ul><li>Solving problems ( it helps you recall, when your </li></ul>mind goes blank)
17. 17. 3 . Really learn MAPS GRAPHS t d DIAGRAMS <ul><li>WHY? </li></ul><ul><li>it makes ideas clearer </li></ul><ul><li>it saves a lot of words! </li></ul>
18. 18. The most important points about revision are that it must: <ul><li>OCCUR OFTEN </li></ul><ul><li>BE REPEATED AT THE RIGHT INTERVALS </li></ul>
19. 19. 4 . Group things together, and LEARN THEM THAT WAY LEARN THEM THAT WAY e.g. Parts of the eye are: in that order , as light goes through. Other parts can then fit logically into your group, like iris (to control amount of light) pupil (to let light in) ciliary muscle (to change size of lens) cornea lens retina optic nerve brain
20. 20. 5 . Get good at making up mnemonics e.g. c ornea l ens r etina o ptic nerve b rain C an L ame R avens O pen B ags??
21. 21. 6 . Study cards are great: carry them with you and use them any spare moment you have Series circuits Parallel circuits <ul><li>one light out, rest stay on </li></ul><ul><li>all lamps same brightness </li></ul><ul><li>current increases as add more lamps </li></ul><ul><li>resistance decreases as add more resistors </li></ul><ul><li>one light out, all go out </li></ul><ul><li>get dimmer with more lamps </li></ul><ul><li>current same all way around </li></ul><ul><li>resistance increases as add more resistors </li></ul><ul><li>lamps share p.d. </li></ul><ul><li>lamps get same p.d. as battery </li></ul>
22. 22. You can put questions on the front of study cards, with answers on the back!
23. 23. The most important points about revision are that it must: <ul><li>OCCUR OFTEN </li></ul><ul><li>BE REPEATED AT THE </li></ul><ul><li>RIGHT INTERVALS </li></ul>
24. 24. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD MEMORY
25. 25. 7 . When you have a lot of notes, or a wordy text: 7 steps to success Step 1 : Scan (i.e. “quick read”) for 10 minutes Step 2 : Scan again, but now write down the main points or highlight them Step 3 : Now carefully read each section, adding to your main points
26. 26. Step 4 : Try to recall the important points from memory, reciting them to yourself Step 5 : Go over things you cannot recall Step 6 : Repeat steps 3,4 and 5 until you are sure you KNOW IT Step 7 : Make a list of things you have difficulty with, and ask your teacher for help
27. 27. IF YOU CANNOT RECALL THE IMPORTANT POINTS YOU HAVE NOT LEARNED THE MATERIAL
28. 28. <ul><li>Say things out loud to help you REMEMBER </li></ul><ul><li>Record things on tape, and play it back when </li></ul><ul><li>you are at home, in the car etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t avoid the hard stuff; it won’t go away! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t kid yourself that you know something. REALLY knowing it means you can recall it anytime </li></ul>GOLDEN RULES <ul><li>Don’t study with music on- you need QUIET in order to CONCENTRATE </li></ul><ul><li>REAL revision MAKES YOUR BRAIN HURT </li></ul>
29. 29. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD MEMORY
30. 30. 8 . Find a “study buddy” <ul><li>They can makes notes on one topic, whilst you do another; you then share the work </li></ul><ul><li>Swap study cards </li></ul><ul><li>Test each other </li></ul><ul><li>Your friend might understand something you don’t, and vice versa </li></ul>
31. 31. 8 methods, 8 keys to success: 1. Use a highlighter pen 2. Number things, and use mind maps 3. Really learn maps, graphs, diagrams 4. Group things in logical order 5. Get good at making up mnemonics 6. Make “study cards” 7. Use the “7 steps” method for wordy texts 8. Find a “study buddy”
32. 32. I have enough time to make a real difference I CAN do it I WILL do it