Studying for Exams: Crash Course Study Skills #7

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The test is tomorrow, so you should stay up all night to study—right? Teach middle and high schoolers that cramming is not the answer with a short video on studying for exams. It covers ways to address possible constraints on studying, including setting up a schedule, establishing a study space that replicates test conditions, creating a cheat card even for exams that don't allow them, and explaining confusing concepts to another person (or, in this case, a rubber duck).

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have small groups share their own strategies for preparing for big tests, then discuss the most effective strategies as a class
  • Show or assign the video to AP students before their exams
  • Use the video to inform the way you prepare pupils for a test, such as the content of your study guides or the way you announce that an important exam is coming up
  • Organize a study group for learners to meet before school, during lunch, or after school, using the strategies outlined in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Narration moves quickly and may be over the heads of some viewers; consider pausing from time to time to explain important concepts
Pros

  • Notes specific ways to study for math tests and other exams that involve solving problems
  • Applicable to middle and high schoolers alike, as well as college students
Cons

  • None