Avoid temptation; avoid distractions: Work where you can’t see the T.V. or other activities you would rather be doing.
Peace and Quiet.
Roomy writing surface.
All Materials are handy.
Anticipate test content.
You may think you are studying when you expose your eyes to the pages of a book or your ears to an instructor. In order for information to be retained in your long-term memory, a much more active approach must be used. In order to be successful, you need to actively connect with the material by keeping your mind on your assignment rather than on other events in your life.
Tips and Suggestions For Active Learning.
Study Groups…how to make them work for you
Prepare a list of questions for the teacher. Designate someone from the group to write down anything you aren’t 100% sure of. Then have someone bring those questions to the teacher to make sure you haven’t come up with a wrong answer. This requires one important condition: you can’t study at the very last minute! Make sure you have enough time to run questions by the teacher.
Give yourself enough time to discuss the material. If you’re rushed for time, you’re much more likely to accept the first idea on the table.
Come to the group prepared. All group members should look at their notes and the readings before going to the group. That way, if someone comes up with inaccurate information, the group is more likely to be well informed enough to know better. Do not rely on the group to teach you the information, you could come away worse off.
Avoid dead weight. Don’t invite someone to join your group unless they are prepared. Otherwise, they are wasting your time. They won’t be able to effectively contribute to the pool of ideas. It’s best to avoid groups with friends you will socialize with, you’d be surprise how much time you’ll waste.
Avoid group members who are too dominant. It’s common for someone to gravitate towards being the leader of your study group, and usually this is constructive. But if that person is unwilling to listen to other ideas, it is an ineffective study group for other members.
Don’t be afraid to disagree. The point of a study group is to make everyone more knowledgeable about the material. If someone says something that sounds questionable, it’s in everybody’s best interest that you speak up.
Quiz each other from old tests and quizzes. It’s an effective way to anticipate possible test questions and cover important material that you may overlook on your own.