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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by GaSouthern1, September 24, 2002.

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    1. GaSouthern1

      GaSouthern1 Elite LS2 -

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      Is it just me or what, everytime i study for a test for a long time i bomb, but when i just wing it and not study i do good. I just cannot understand it, i just BOMBED my history test and i studied for like 3 days and knew everything about all my notes, i hate these teachers that want me to read like 50 pages in the book a nite, what a pain. I did pretty crappy on my Bio test and i thought i was golden for that one too. Just wanted to know if anyone else had the same "problem", just seems a little weird to me.
       
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    3. CoryL

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      The thing I've learned is that you need to figure out what to cram for and what not to cram for.

      Personally I can't just sit down with a book and notes for 5-6 hours and "study." I don't learn or memorize anything.

      I really believe that as long as I have attended class, listened well, taken good notes, and attempted any problems, that I should know the material.

      When a test comes up I think about what class it is and how well I know the info. If I know it well, I breeze through my notes the night before to bring back the info to the top of my head and leave it at that. If I don't, I look at my notes a little bit harder and possibly look at the bold face in the book. Anything more than that is overcrowding what's already in my head and I will just do more harm than good.

      Of course this doesn't work for everyone.

      Luckily I have a cool professor this semester that doesn't believe in cramming for tests and memorization and lets us take tests with open books and notes.

      His justification: "What profession on Earth requires you to memorize EVERYTHING? None. Even doctors have reference books to look things up in."
       
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      Cory has some good points. I would approach the Profs and tell them what you think. How you "apparently" studied all the wrong things.

      I just used to take VERY good notes. They will not test you on anything they did not go over in class, or at least TELL you they were going to cover and for you to read. Hell I rarely read much of any of the books, some never got opened (80 bones and never using a book then selling it back for 40 kinda sucks) because the Prof taught in a way that embraced note taking. Though some of the books were read, highlighted and re read. Notes are key, use a few different color pens, then when (if the prof does this, possibly request it) the prof goes over the pre test you can scan the notes and highlight what you will need then simply study off those and use the book for clairification and formulas. For the hard ones we usually got the ol 3x5 card or 1 page of notes..

      Also where are you studying, at a desk with no distractions or in your bed or couch with the tv on?

      Keep in mind also the affects of specific environmental learning. Which is simply if you are taking a test in a classroom, study in something which represents what you are exposed to in the classroom. Like a desk with good lighting. I sometimes used to have 1 beer to calm the nervs, maybe have a beer before studying; ya follow. Whatever you do prior to studying you should do prior to the test, so you are in the same frame of mind for both the studying and testing.
       
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      Tried that beer thing but seems I was really nervous cause I just kept chuggin' em down:)Seriously folks...I agree with Fischer about the study enviroment. My best grades were when I hauled my ass to the library and studied there. I would study,take a break and read something random that I found on the shelf and then return to studying. I found that I retained a lot more info because during the test I would remember something from one of the random books I picked up and that would jog my brain for the right answer on the test.
      Good luck
       
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      Notes, key words (the ones with the definitions at the end of the chapter or in the margins), and chapter summaries. Notes are the key part though.

      If you take good notes, you probably payed attention in class and retained at least some of the information on some level.

      I found that I did well in the classes that had teachers that kept me interested. If I got bored in class, even if I did take notes, I didn't do as well as if I had been at least somewhat interested in what the teacher was talking about.

      Also, when in class sit in the front row, center if possible. It makes you less likely to not pay attention because you are right in front of the teacher. Don't worry about what other people will think because you're paying thousands a year to learn something, not look good (though it doesn't hurt). Besides some of the hotties may ask to "study" with you. :D

      Dave
       
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      Yeah...what ive learned from some of my teachers..they are out to weed people out of the program. Our school has a pretty good engineering program, and its pretty much ive learned that they try to put trick questions on tests. I found this out after i took my first chem one and got a D-. I got a B on the math one though, so i feel good about that, but I got to study for chem
       
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      Doctors do have books available to help, but you still need to know a sh!tload of material to even perform a physical exam.

      I've been in med school for 5 weeks and my brain is full :(
       
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      or study with a 6 pack/case of beer.....that way you have motivation to keep on going!
       

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