If your child was not given a study guide to accompany their lessons, you can and should encourage them to use online visual study guides. When exams are coming up, using study guides will help your child to have a grasp on what they already know and what they still need to study for. In additional to “text” study guides, visual study guides allow the child to absorb the picture in their memory which ultimately helps to reinforce what they are reading in their notes and textbooks.
Using Study Guides to Study for Exams
When preparing to use a study guide as a tool for studying for exams, it is important for your child to gather all of the resources they will need. Then, they will pull out the most important information for each source and relate it to their study guide. The sources they will need include:
- Textbook-your child should have a textbook available while studying for their exams. To relate the textbook to the study guide, the child should go through the sections that they read for class and look at the chapter and the section headings to determine what the main ideas are-these are what will be used with a study guide.Notes-class notes are a valuable asset when studying for exams. It is important that the child not simply put everything from their notes into a separate written study guide, but instead use both a visual and a standard study guide along with their notes, then compare what is written to what is on the visual study guide. This will help them to identify what they are reading on the exam by comparing the information to a picture they have subconsciously stored.
- There are many ways to use study guides when studying for an exam. For example, the visual study guides can be used to create note cards by putting a key word or concept on one side and the visual clue on the other side. Encourage your child to keep in mind that simply reading the information doesn’t tell them if they know the material or not. Study guides in general will help with forcing them to recall the information.
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