Study Skills Guide: Study Guide
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This study guide is designed to help you prepare for any exam. You are responsible for completing the activities
outlined, in all areas as directed. If you are to be successful you should focus on the key concepts for each Unit
of study. This guide will help you to organize yourself, so that you will not feel overwhelmed. Don't wait until
the last day before an exam to begin your study plan. You can also use the same methods outlined in this guide
to prepare yourself for other subjects, by modifying it yourself to fit the key concepts you must cover. Don't
expect that it will be easy, because it won't be. But, if you are persistent you likely will be successful and
confident going into the exam.
Part A ... Preparation of materials
1. Collect past tests and activities (ie:. Graphing Project, Article Reviews, Topic Quizzes)
2. You will need your notebook and Lab Notebook to do some of the activities
3. You will definitely need your textbook (Science Directions 9)
4. You will need to have writing and calculating materials
5. You will need your list of Key Concepts for the Unit or Units you are covering
6. You will need to have this study guide
Part B ... Time Schedule
Don't expect to do everything outlined in this guide in one evening, or over one weekend. You should begin
to organize your time now, so that you will be able to complete all the activities in plenty of time to relax and
enjoy life the last few days before your exam (Getting lots of rest just before the exam will help you stay focused
and be under less stress the day of the exam, because you will be confident you are ready to tackle anything thrown
Part C ... Take Action
Review each of the Key Concepts you have been given. Reflect on which ones gave you the most problems. Begin
with those first! For each key concept, follow these steps:
Step 1 ... Create a concept map for the Key Concepts in the unit
-include textbook page references, lab numbers, activity and/or project references where support information
can be found for each sub-statement of the Key Concept you are working on.
Step 2 ... Locate questions from past tests and or projects that relate to this key concept. Cut and paste them
together and put them on the back of the concept map page.
Step 3 ... Work in cooperative groups to achieve maximum coverage, when every key concept has been covered by your
group, share your work. Only those who contribute equally in your group effort should benefit from your collective
Step 4 ... Go over each of the key concept maps that you did not complete yourself. Make sure that everything Is
included that will help YOU master that particular concept. (Some students do not need to write down information
that they know, while other students need to write down everything).
Step 5 ... Read over each concept map to yourself
Step 6 ... Read it over as if you were teaching it to a friend (in the mirror, out loud)
Step 7 ... Go over the questions that relate to the key concept, uslng the strategies outlined.
Step 8 ... Prepare a test for yourself or a partner, that covers those key concepts that you have the most
difficulty understanding. Have your partner go over the test with you and review the correct responses using the