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Hit the books more effectively -- and get more A's -- with these study tips.
You Will Need
- A notebook
- A pen or pencil
Write what you see
Always copy what your teacher writes on the board or shows on a projector. If she’s highlighting a point, she considers it important—and studies show she’s twice as likely to include it in a test.
Listen for signposts
Listen for what psychologists call 'signpost words,' terms or phrases that are precursors to whatever the teacher considers especially relevant. Examples are 'remember,' 'first,' 'the most important thing is,' and 'finally.' If you hear these phrases, write down what follows.
Invent a shorthand
You don’t need to know shorthand; just make up your own using initials, abbreviations, and forms of words like 'cd' for could, 'wd' for would, 'w' for with, and 'n' for not.
When class is over, rewrite your notes—this simple step improves your retention by up to 80%.