1) Notes: Organize them and make sure you are not missing anything.
2) Instructor: What did your teacher tell you to study?
3) You: Study in a way that works best for you (ex. place and times).
4) Friends: If you stay on track, studying with friends can help. Quiz each other, and everyone can explain what they know.
5) Tricks: Use methods such as mnemonic to help memorize blocks of information.
6) Do It Now: No one wants to fail, go to summer school or take the class again. Work now so you do not have to pay later.
7) Breaks: Take regular breaks while you study and do not stay up all night. Lack of sleep will make it hard for you to focus and do your best.
8) Eat: Eat a good breakfast or lunch before the test. Not only will a growling stomach interfere with your concentration, but your brain will not function at its best ability when it needs energy. (Note: Research has shown that eating peppermints will help you to remember what you study!)
9) Avoid Caffeine: Coffee or coke may give you a quick alert boost, but you will rebound and lose steam. Drink water; it keeps you hydrated. (This is a hard one for me. I am pretty wicked without my morning cup of Java!)
10) Needs: Take what you need to the exam or test. Think ahead. Do you need a ruler, a calculator, paper, etc.?
Now have your students go back and highlight the study tips they are already doing. Then ask them to draw a star beside the one they want to work on before the next test. If you have your students do this activity, I believe you'll find it to be a positive beginning on how to study math.