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Review Principles - 1 original learning 2 immediate review...

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I. How to AVOID CRAMMING for Tests A. ORIGINAL LEARNING must take place. You have to learn the material before you can  review it. B. EARLY REVIEW is most efficient, most productive.  1. Before you attempt to learn new material in class or through reading: a) Glance over previous chapters or notes. b) Run through your mind what you know already. 2. Immediately after learning, rework your notes, adding material that comes  to mind a) Order and organize what was learned. (Star, use arrows, additional  comments, etc.) b) Integrate new material with what you already know. C. SPACE initial early reviews to support original learning. Several brief periods spread  over 5 or 10 days is usually enough to ensure good recall for intermediate review. D. INTERMEDIATE REVIEW is important when work is spread out over several months or  longer. For example, when the final is 4 months away, follow this schedule:
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Unformatted text preview: 1. original learning 2. immediate review of limited material same day (5-10 minutes) 3. intermediate review of material covered so far, after 2 months 4. final review, before exam E. Final review is a REVIEW, not "cramming" of unlearned material. No new learning takes place except to draw together the final main currents of thought. 1. Be brief. Review entire semester's work in 2-4 hours. (Set a limit and stick to it.) 2. Outline and organize from memory. Don't bother copying. 3. Recite (in writing or out loud to a friend or self) F. USE SPACED REVIEW rather than MASSED PRACTICE. 60 minutes used in 3 groups of 20 minutes each is more effective than 60 minutes used all at the same time. 1. break up learning period for any one subject 2. avoid fatigue 3. review and strengthen previous learning 4. increased motivation, better concentration...
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