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Food and Agriculture Studies

Learning libguide on food studies research resources

Useful Studying Tips

Here are some useful links and tips about studying, preparing for tests, and how to stay ahead of the game so to avoid late night cramming.

Note Taking Tips:

  • Try using the left side margins on your lined note paper. Use the margin to write main headings and important points on the left, including material you think you will be tested on.
  • Sometimes in class we write notes so fast that we later can't read our own handwriting.  Try after class to get to a computer and type up your notes. This will not only give you organized notes that you can use later for studying but it also encourages one to review the course work.  Research indicates that 80% of new material can be recalled if you review notes within the first 24 hours of presentation.
  • Try to review your lecture notes everyday.
  • Attend class!

    Test Taking Techniques and Preparation:

    • Study in a quiet, well lit environment.
    • Give yourself 10 days in advance to study, so that you can give yourself manageable sections to study every day. 
    • For every hour of studying, give yourself a 15-20 minute break. 
    • Before the exam, make sure you have a full night's worth of sleep and eat something beforehand so to give your brain 'food for thought'.
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    For additional information on how to study go here for a list of books that give useful tips and tricks to studying. Also, the Writing Centre provides some valuable note taking tips.