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How to Study for Exams

 

Top 6 Steps for Strategic Exam Preparation (Like a Genius)

 

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Sun Tzu.

Awesome exam prep (especially if you’re cramming) starts with a strategic plan, not study skills.

This video explains the 6 steps for strategic exam preparation so you know where to focus your time and effort.

Whether you're cramming for an exam tomorrow or you're super organized and you're preparing three months in advance, you'll follow the same steps.

That's the sign of a solid strategy.

Once you have the strategy in place, then it's time for tactics. That's when you should use the top 6 study skills recommended by academic research.

For more details about preparing for different types of exam questions, grab this free download.

 
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The Learning Styles Myth

 

What's Your Learning Style? You Don't Have One!

 

Learning styles are a complete myth.

Say what??

It’s true, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

First of all, what are learning styles?

Unless you’ve slept through every single class you’ve ever attended, you’ll know it’s the idea that everyone has a preferred way to take in information. If you’re taught or you study using your preferred style, you’ll learn more effectively.

This idea’s been around since the 1970’s and it’s been continued on by well-meaning teachers and diligent students aiming for effective learning. We all want to learn faster and more effectively, that’s no surprise.

Unfortunately, there is no credible evidence that learning styles exist.

In fact, the best evidence indicates the opposite.

Every student will have different levels of ability, interest and background knowledge, but not learning styles.

Research shows that...

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How to Study

The ANSWER Method - 6 Essential Study Skills

 

How do most students study?

If you took a survey of typical students, I bet the most popular study techniques would include:

  • Re-reading
  • Highlighting
  • Summarizing
  • Flashcards

There's only one problem with that list...

... none of them are highly effective.

Oops!

So I asked The Learning Scientists some simple questions:

What REALLY works?

What does academic research recommend you should do? What are the most effective ways to study?

They gave me their top six tactics, just like that.

Now I'm a simple guy, and some of the words they used were too complicated for me.

So I've changed them up a bit and put them into an acronym that's easy to recall ... because you know I'm all about remembering things ;)

Here are the top six, evidence-based study tactics you should make sure you use:

The ANSWER Method

Ask, Explain & Connect (or Elaboration in academic speak)

No Cramming (Spaced Practice)

Switch (Interleaving)

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