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Resources on studying & reviewing for courses & classes


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Academic Success-the Curve of Forgetting (SLC video) 
Ever wondered why you can't remember material from previous classes and notes? Watch this short (2:20) Student Learning Commons video to find out why a regular review is SO important, and how you can improve your memory, and your grades. 

Preparing an Exam Prep Inventory (SLC video)
Watch this short (2:09) Student Learning Commons video to help you prepare for your exams! Creating an Exam Prep Inventory will help you plan your study time and ensure that you are covering all the important course topics, as you study for your exam. 

Exam Preparation through Lectures and Readings
As you complete the lecture and reading for each topic in a course, go through this checklist to enhance your learning and begin the process of effective exam preparation.

How to Study Efficiently and Effectively
Covers study schedule, study environment, and effective study strategies.

Improve your memory

Reviewing after Lecture
A key step in your regular study routine.

Video guide: how to study long and hard and still fail… or how to get the most out of studying (Samford University)
A professor of cognitive psychology produced this video series that addresses beliefs that make students fail, how to study for deep processing, and how to recover from failing an exam.

The 9 best scientific study tips (ASAP Science)
Covers short, frequent study sessions; practice testing; teaching others to learn; tips for increased focus; and more!

Creating a Study Plan Video (LinkedIn Learning) 
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Curve of Forgetting (University of Waterloo)
If this doesn't convince you that daily review is necessary and doable, we don't know what will!

Active Learning  and Academic Study Strategies (City College of San Francisco)
Effective study methods to use all semester and at exam time.

Question Method of Studying Video (McMaster University)
Description and example of one of the best methods of test preparation, including a discussion of levels of learning. This video is found near the top of the page, under the "Full Frontal Learning" heading. Watch the Windows Media Player or QuickTime version.

Improving your memory (Queen's University)
Some general tips.

Memory improvement (Academic Advancement Centre at Ohio University)
An interactive 4-part online workshop that allows you to evaluate your existing memory techniques, explains the theory behind memory and forgetting and gives you tips.

Preparing for an exam? See Exam Preparation.