1. FLASH CARDS

Perfect for studying definitions or things to memorize. Use the blank side of the index card to write the word and the other side to write the definition. Divide them in three groups: the ones you don't know, the ones you need to review and the ones you already know. You can study alone or with a friend.

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2. MARGINS

In the margins of your notebook write questions and answers, write explanations, draw diagrams and write examples. Margins where made for that.

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3. MIND-MAPS

In the middle of the paper write the theme you are studying of and around it draw arrows that end in the different definitions, ideas and anything else you need to know about that topic.

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4. MINI MIND-MAPS

This is a combination of the flash cards and the mind-map. In the middle of a paper write the topic and draw the arrows that end at flash cards. Do not use index cards, they are too big, use sticky notes. Write definitions in them and behind them write the words.

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5. TEACH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS

Study your notes and teach to yourself, a pet, an imaginary friend or a real friend. Practice until you feel you are ready.

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6. DIAGRAMS

Create diagrams of the processes you need to learn or anything else. Make drawings so you can visualize it and understand it better.

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7. SCHEDULE

15 minutes of studying, 5 minutes of break. It all depends of the plans you have for the day. Always take a break to have walk and eat lunch. Never start studying immediately you get home from school/college or while eating.

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8. WRITE

Writing is the equivalent to reading something several times.

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9. BLANK PAGE

Put aside your notes and take a blank sheet, write on it everything you know about the topic.

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10. PRACTICE

Solve every exercise you have. Applying the contents is the most efficient way to study.

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11. RECORD CLASSES AND LISTEN TO THEM AGAIN

Record your teacher or yourself explaining the topic and listen to it when you have the chance.

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12. DISCUSS THE SUBJECT WITH YOUR CLASSMATES

This way you can review from other points of view, ask questions and explain the comments to others. If you are sure of what you study, do not let others confuse you, help them.

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Natalia Cristina