Theeeeeyy’rrreee Heeerre….. FINALS! EEEEEK!
Are you ready? You will be. Let’s make a plan!
These mega-tests can be so daunting, but by creating a plan and breaking your study plan into small parts, you’ll see how to take the stress out of your test prep! Let’s get started…
STEP 1: WHAT’S ON THE TEST? AND WHEN IS IT?
- What should you understand at the end of the unit?
- What skills and knowledge do you need to demonstrate?
- What is the format of the test? Multiple Choice? Essay? Etc…
- Put the dates of each of your final exams on a month-view calendar.
Now that you know what you need to prepare for… let’s prepare!
Encoding is defined as the initial learning of information; retrieval is the ability to access information when you need it.
So, let’s work on encoding and retrieving!
STEP 2: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW? WHERE’S THE PROOF?
- What quizzable study tools will prove that you’re ready for the test?
Foldables? Quizlet? Create your own fake tests/quizzes? Flash cards?
- Practice retrieval in the manner of the actual test. If you know it will be multiple choice, practice retrieval with multiple choice questions.
- What specific actions can you take to practice retrieval so you’ll know what you still need to work on encoding?
- Ask yourself… “Am I assessing myself correctly, the way my teacher would?
STEP 3: CREATE YOUR ENCODING PLAN
- Now that you know what you don’t know, what specific ways can you encode the information you still need to learn? What specific actions can you take… try not to use the words “study” or “review” which are passive and non-specific.
- Are you using as many senses as possible when you study to ensure you have a strong neural pathway to the information?Seeing, speaking, hearing, moving the information around? The more ways you experience the information, the stronger the connection to that information in your brain!
- List the specific study tasks that will help you master the material.
STEP 4: CALENDERIZE
- How can you break down your studying into small parts? Shoot for 20 Minute study sessions.
- When will you do the tasks you decided on in step 3?
- Are you allowing enough time for spaced retrieval?
- Put your specific verbs from step 3 on to your calendar or into your planner!
You are on your way to ROCKING your finals! Great job! Just one more thing… please remember to sleep, eat, move your body, and take breaks… your brain will thank you by remembering what you are learning better!
Let us know if you would like help creating your finals plan by emailing us at Directors@steppingstones.net or by calling us at (626) 449-5968. We can also help you find new and interesting ways for encoding and retrieving!