Wednesday: Studying for Finals #2


Studying for Finals, Part Deux!

By: Joe

            The brilliant and beautiful Pamela Iken brought to my attention that I should do a follow up post that illustrates two (really one) study methods. As always, I follow the advice of brilliant and beautiful women (this is a good tip for men everywhere. Call it a freebie.)

  1/3, 2/3 Method

            The 1/3, 2/3 model is easy to follow and sets realistic time lines for any study session. First, spend 1/3 of the 3 study tipstudent’s time reading material. This can be from textbooks, notes, power points—whatever the student has as learning material. During review, this will be material the student has seen before and will help reinforce what they’ve already learned. If this is the first time, well, then, we have to start somewhere! The 2/3 portion is integral to moving the information into memory; the student spends 2/3 of his/her time orally reciting the information they’ve just read in their own words, double checking every once in a while to make sure they are leaving nothing out. By moving the information from the reading portion of the brain to the speech center and back again, more of the brain is utilized and it will vastly help move the information into long term memory. Also, by the student rephrasing the information into their own words, the information becomes more readily accessible to their own personal way of thinking.

20/5/5 Method

            This process of studying is easily usable in conjunction with the 1/3, 2/3 mode, but brings in an important aspect that is left out: breaks. In this model, the student studies for 20 minutes, takes a 5 minute break, and then reviews the information orally for 5 minutes, checking to make sure they aren’t missing anything. Taking breaks is incredibly important; it both lets the brain rest, and also can recast the information in a different light once the review process begins.

Merging the two methods

            So now,merge word sign let’s merge the two into the über, ultimate, sweet daddy Jones study method. Have your student study reading material for 7-8 minutes and then spend the remaining time (out of the twenty) reciting. Then have them take a five minute break. Have them stand up, move around, grab a drink, run around the house, do five minutes of chores (ha, take that student!), and then have them come back. For the last five minutes, have the student give a quick review of the material. This last isn’t meant to be as in depth as the recitation portion, it’s just a quick, wide-stroked review. Repeat the 20/5/5 as necessary until studying is done for the night!

Easy, peezy, lemon squeezy!

I hope this helped and good luck during finals! Any comments or other study ideas, please enter in the comments section below!

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