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The Best Way To Study Is To Test Yourself (Don’t Just Reread Your Notes!)

flash cards photoThe way to learn effectively is to keep testing yourself.

Most students “feel more confident about the material” after rereading, but this is a dangerous illusion! The material seems easily recognizable, but that doesn’t mean they understand it or will be able to recall it and use it on test day.

Familiarity is not the same as knowing. 


 
Effective study methods include:

  • flipping flash cards
  • creating your own outline (not just using one that someone else made)
  • actively discussing with friends, quizzing one another, etc.
  • reworking math and science problems
  • rewriting essays and having your teacher critique your efforts (do this well before the exam; teachers are busy people!)

Quizzing Yourself Helps Make Knowledge Stick

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The Best Way To Study Is To Test Yourself (Don’t Just Reread Your Notes!)

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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APA Reference
Cousins, L. (2016). The Best Way To Study Is To Test Yourself (Don’t Just Reread Your Notes!). Psych Central. Retrieved on June 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/always-learning/2016/05/the-best-way-to-study-is-to-test-yourself-dont-just-reread-your-notes/

 

Last updated: 24 May 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 May 2016
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.