By Stefanie Weisman
Did you know you learn better when you study actively? Next time you have a test, instead of passively reading and re-reading your textbook, try the following active study techniques:
- Explain concepts in your own words, to yourself or someone else. Remember: it’s okay to talk to yourself!
- Make review sheets/ Write out the main points.
- Join a study group in which you and the other members test each other on the material.
- Write and re-write things — like names, dates, formulas, vocabulary, and verb conjugations — from memory.
- Draw out/ diagram complex concepts.
- Do practice problems — and don’t look at the answers until you’re done!
- Take practice tests provided by your teacher.
- Think up potential test questions (and answer them).
- Test yourself with flash cards, lists, etc.
For more study tips, check out The Secrets of Top Students.