Review Tools

No matter what type of review you are doing, weekly, major or daily, review tools can help you retain important information. This section will help you define and create some useful guides during your study process.

Study checklists help you stay organized while keeping track of the material you've already covered. It's a to-do list where you physically mark off each item, which gives you a sense of completion and success at each check. Follow these simple steps to make a study checklist:

  1. List reading assignments by chapters or page numbers.
  2. List dates of lecture notes.
  3. Write down various types of problems you will need to solve.
  4. List major ideas, definitions, theories, formulae, etc.

You can create a study checklist from the very first day of class, and add to it as the term progresses (Ellis,2001). This gives you an organized, chronological list, great for weekly and major reviews.

Mind maps are great for visual learners. It exercises your memory while providing a visual display of what you know and need to study. Mind maps help you think from general to specific. To make a mind map, write the main subject in the center of a sheet of paper, then write related subjects around the main topic, connecting them with lines. You can get creative and use different colors and shapes to show relationships between different elements, (Ellis, 2001).

There are various ways of making a mind map. You can create one completely from memory and then check it against your notes, or look at your notes first, then fill in the map with key words. Mind maps can be as broad or specific as you'd like and can be created for everything from a particular subject in a course, the whole course or individual lectures.

Flashcards -- just like the ones you used for learning multiplication. They are great for memorization and can be used for formulae, definitions, dates, etc. Just write the question on one side of a note card, and the answer on the other. Grab a friend or classmate and quiz each other, or study alone.

For specific reference information, see Study Strategies page.

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