Subject Study Skills

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How to Study for Specific Subjects: Check out the following links.

English Exams Science Exams Geography Exams History Exams Math Exams Final Thoughts

English Exams

1. Know/understand the novel(s) you read.

2. A mind map can be an effective way to create a "picture" of the novel.

3. Be ready to brainstorm quickly for an essay question.

4. Try to predict what the essay question(s) might be and write a practice essay in advance to organize your thoughts

5. Review how to create the different types of writing - summary, opinion, report, essay.

6. Practice sentence, paragraph and essay structure.

7. Review what instructional words like "compare", "contrast", etc. mean.

8. Practice spelling words you know you have trouble with.

Science Exams

1. Create a dictionary of the key words.

2. Create unit summary sheets of key concepts and staple into a book.

3. Use mind maps to "picture" how concepts fit together.

4. Use/create mnemonics to help you remember information. For example, "My very educated mother just served up nine pizzas" can be used the remember the planets in the correct order.

5. Review the mathematics you used in the course.

Geography Exams

1. Create a dictionary of the key words.

2. Create unit summary sheets of key concepts and staple into a book. Use your own words to increase your understanding, especially to diagrams.

3 Try to relate concepts to what you already know (our own area, places you have visited, pictures you have seen in magazines).

4. Use mnemonics such as "HOMES" to help you remember the names of the Great Lakes.

History Exams

1. Create unit summary sheets that include key people, dates, places, etc.

2. Draw time lines to show where events fit into the big picture.

Math Exams: Yes, you can study math!

1. If you created key concept summary sheets for each unit, staple them into a study book.

2. If you did not create these sheets, go through your notes and summarize the key concepts of each unit. Include examples and lists of steps.

3. Do all the review questions your teacher gives you.

4. Highlight the ones you found difficult.

5. Make an appointment to get extra help for the concepts you did not understand.

6. Practice more questions of this type.

Final Thoughts

1. You can find more mnemonics on the internet.

2. Study early so you have enough time to ask your teacher for extra help.

3. Once you feel prepared have someone quiz you on the subject matter.

4. Pretend you are the teacher and make up test questions.

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