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3 Easy Ways To Use Your Notes For Final Exam Studying

classroom photoMany students take notes in class but then don’t use them to study.

Actively rereading your science or history notes before review week is a great way to prime your brain to retain the material your teacher will soon be going over in class:

  1. Read your notes out loud. This works best when you read to another person, but you can read to yourself, too.
  2. As you read, put question marks next to things that you realize you need to understand better. Listen carefully in class for the explanations, and make sure and ask your teacher if necessary.
  3. Look for vocabulary words or terms that showed up on the test. Did you get them right? if not, look them up now and write their meanings in your notes, in simple language. (If you merely copy the definition, you may not actually understand, but if you can explain a term or concept using small words that a first grader would use, then you will know you “get it.”)

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3 Easy Ways To Use Your Notes For Final Exam Studying

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2016). 3 Easy Ways To Use Your Notes For Final Exam Studying. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from


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