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Old 12-18-2006, 07:40 PM   #1
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IO: I don't know how to study



I have exams starting tomorrow and I don't know how to study. School has always came easily to me and if I just browse something over I'll usually do well. But tomorrow I have a physics exam and I NEED an A. I don't really understand physics and I need to know a lot of stuff. And every time I do try to study, I keep getting distracted by something (computer, etc.) or I'll just start daydreaming or fall asleep. HELP!
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Old 12-18-2006, 11:26 PM   #2
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I've got my last exam before Christmas in about 10 hours - I'm just ready for it to be over with.

I'm not gonna lie either, physics flat out sucks - well maybe you could be interested in how a ball rolls down a 28 degree incline with a coefficient of friction of 0.4, but I know I'm not. The only way to study for it is to crank out the problems again and again. Memorizing won't do you any good - you have to be able to apply all of those lovely equations.

Is this a calculus based physics course your taking?
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Old 12-18-2006, 11:34 PM   #3
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Flashcards

I seem to remember things I've written down, it barely matters if I've even read what I've written. I can picture the flashcards when I'm taking a test.

reviewing by reading just doesn't do it for me, my mind drifts off to quickly.
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Old 12-18-2006, 11:37 PM   #4
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I'm a notes freak. I hope I can get back into the swing of things easily.

I hated studying more than anything on earth.

*pretty sure she has A.D.D.*

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Old 12-19-2006, 07:05 AM   #5
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Get a study buddy. I have a major problem with memorizing. For example, in my Lit. IV class, we ahave to memorize a sonnet (a 14 lined poem) in about 2 weeks or so, I try reciting it with my tuder, and I usually get about half of it or less, I can never get the whole thing. It's just really frusrating. We have to do 9 total for the whole year.
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Get a study buddy. I have a major problem with memorizing. For example, in my Lit. IV class, we ahave to memorize a sonnet (a 14 lined poem) in about 2 weeks or so, I try reciting it with my tuder, and I usually get about half of it or less, I can never get the whole thing. It's just really frusrating. We have to do 9 total for the whole year.
Everyone has different ways of studying. Mr Green eyes finds it hard to memorise something but I find it really easy to read a presentation once or twice and remember it.

I have friends who write their notes out over and over again and condense everything but I find that a waste of time. I like to mark anything important and just keep re-reading. I also find working with someone holds me back. Last week I had an exam we had to know 10 poems and 2 proses because we didn't know what we'd be asked about. Going over it with someone just made it more complicated.

Taking breaks and getting a good nights sleep is also important. Great advice coming from someone who spent last week in the library all night finishing essays and writing presentations.
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I seem to remember things I've written down, it barely matters if I've even read what I've written. I can picture the flashcards when I'm taking a test.

reviewing by reading just doesn't do it for me, my mind drifts off to quickly.
Same here. I need to write it down, sometimes more than once.
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I just looked at it 1000 times in school today and I didn't think it was THAT bad. Now I'm bracing myself for the next 5 exams this week.
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when i have to study, i write everything out, then read it over a few times. then im good to go. doesnt feel like studying to mel
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