How Do You Study?

<p>My idea of studying is reading the text and notes over and over, in hopes of committing the information to memory. But this one time a teacher alotted some time out of class to let the whole class study, and I sat there rereading the book, and then the teacher says to me: "What are you doing? You're supposed to be studying."
and I'm like, "I am studying!"
and the teacher's like, "No, you're sitting there wasting time."</p>

<p>Now, if rereading the textbook isn't studying, what is? I guess I didn't "look" like I was studying. Does everyone have different definitions of the word "studying"? I know other people sometimes use flashcards and stuff but I don't think it works for me. What methods do you use to study, if it isn't rereading the information?</p>

<p>The best way to study is to read the text if it's a logical subject. Reading leads to understanding, which leads to long-term memory commitment. If your studying something based on rote memorization like vocab or irregular conjugations in a foreign language, I usually think of ridiculous mental images that help me to remember the rules, concepts, etc.</p>

<p>Oh man, I don't know how to study at all.</p>

<p>For a foreign language, you can use flashcards for vocab, but that's all I know how to do. And it seems to have worked decently well for me for the past three years (I've managed to get way ahead in German somehow, I'm starting AP this year after taking 3 years of German, the rest of them have been in it at least 5 years)</p>

<p>How on earth do you study for english tests about books? I don't get it!</p>

<p>^^ Sparknotes :p</p>

<p>I re-read my notes, read the text, make new notes, and i make practice questions for quizzes.</p>

<p>i do the same thing as GreenDayFan and if its something involving math or science like chem, physics, calc, stats, etc. i try and re-do all the practice problems from that chapter.......and then i sumerge my arm in a vat of ice water and somehow i remember things better hehe =P</p>

<p>yeah. idk. i don't really study that much so if i read the chapter(s) the test is on that's like really good for me haha. </p>

<p>but highlighting is big at my school for things like history especially and some sciences too so people usually read the chapter one time then the next time go through, read it again and highlight the most important info and then just read the highlighted stuff.
other than that: flashcards for english/foreign language vocab, and just doing more problems for math/physics</p>

<p>kemo i do the same thing with practice problems too, however i dont do the thing with the sumerging my arm in ice water.hahaha</p>

<p>I go through the textbook and summarize the info. into little outlines for each chapter. The outlines that I make are usually only 1-2 pages per chapter, only the most important information gets written down. Then, I take my notes from class on that chapter and staple them to the back of the outline. That way I can look at the outlines for the main idea and the notes to see what the teacher emphasized. It usually works pretty well.</p>

<p>For memorization (foreign languages, history, and sometimes chemistry), I just use flashcards. I go through them at commercials during tv breaks or when I need a break fom other studying. It's usually pretty helpful.</p>

<p>Outlines are really cool for most any Humanties type of class. Especially if you read the chapter first, and the go back to make your outline.</p>

<p>I am very slow in math (which is why I do Theology and Literature), but I really think that repetition is the mother of skill with math. For science as well.</p>

<p>schrizto: if you can work high grades just through reading things a couple of times, then good for you.</p>

<p>If you use sparknotes, you aren't really smart. You're aprehending someone else's notes ,which means you don't understand yourself. In the end, you'd be dependent on it because the material gets harder and harder. Use your brain.</p>

<p>Well, I just memmorize or answer questions on it.</p>

<p>Or...i could ignore you and use sparknotes. sorry. the site's awesome. it enhances your understanding of the novel and gives you ideas that you can mold to help you write an essay,</p>

<p>That's the POINT, you're not independently thinking. It's not what you thought about the book, it's someone else's idea. You won't be prepared for college in this way. You're harming yourself by using it because you can't understand the book yourself. An essay should be your ideas, not stealing someone elses.</p>

<p>The point of comprehending text is for you to do it by yourself. Soon a document you have to read will become too hard for you to even understand. Using sparknotes is the same as cheating.</p>

<p>I don't study. </p>

<p>No, kidding, I do, but I do so minimally. I'll just read over the chapter the night before if it's for social studies/english/etc and if it's more science/math, then I'll do a couple of practice problems. Sometimes I'll go over my homework.</p>

<p>Sparknotes is my savior in times of need, though I prefer reading the book AND reading the sparknotes.</p>

<p>it's definitely not the same as cheating. and the POINT is i'm putting my own opinion of the book along with some ideas i've compiled with sparknotes. believe it or not, i do understand the books i read. and i also dont use sparknotes that often, either. but it can be a lifesaver if you're strapped for time and you want some ideas for an essay (and i'd put my own spin on it). it's ABSOLUTELY not cheating. it's the same as going to a book discussion and compiling ideas there, only it's in print. I dont copy anything. I do have integrity, thank you.</p>

<p>Regarding sparknotes, they ARE useful for studying - I usually go through them the day before a test. As for using INSTEAD of the book, well, that's punishable by hanging.</p>

<p>Um. I don't really study for anything. Made a huge stack of French flash cards for my final last year, because those finals are deadly - it was seriously three inches tall, color-coded and everything. But that's definitely as hardcore as I've ever gone. For math I usually sit in a frenzied group of people who are nervously cramming at lunch before the test and help them out; if you can explain a concept to someone else, it's a) repetition for you and b) proves you understand it sufficiently. That's all, really.</p>

<p>Hmm... Sparknotes. I don't use them often, but sometimes if I am looking for ideas it helps. See the deal with sparknotes is that you are reading someone elses interpretation of the book which may or may not be the same as yours. By using them you learn how to base interpretaions in different levels as well as think about something that you had never thought of. It is the same as discussing a book. </p>

<p>My English teacher even reccommended us to use Sparknotes because she said that by using it you learn to think in may ways and interpret the book in ways you never would have thought. By college you probably won't need them that much because you begin to look at a book in many different angles.</p>

<p>As for studing in general I seriously use flashcard for everything, except math of course. For math I take problems from the homework that were corrected in class and try to do it again. </p>

<p>I do make outlines also with important facts, but then I generally make it into questions and put it onto flashcard... Viola!!! Instant studing full of hours of fun (haha thats a good one). </p>

<p>Seriously I never thought flashcards would work for me but then I tried it for Spanish Vocab and became addicted. Last year for only like 5 classes I went through over 1,000 flashcards!</p>

<p>lol you can tell you take spanish instead of french...Viola is spelled as Voila in french.......dun worry i kno cause i made the same mistake on atleast two different french tests last year lol =P</p>

<p>I rarely study due to my excessive procrastination, but if I absolutely have to, if it's a piece of text, I can just read it and understand it. That's for concepts and the like. If it's just memorization, I can visualize images representative of whatever I'm going to be tested on, and then carry on that information.</p>