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I'm not writing it down to remember it later. I'm writing it down to remember it now.

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 Everyone is different, and different methods will work better for some than others. That being said, here are my thoughts on how students should study. Everyone is different, and different methods will work better for some than others. That being said, here are my thoughts on how students should study.
  
-One thing that I see all the time is a student says “I //know// the answer. I just can’t quite pull it out of my memory.”. That’s because he’s familiar with the material, but doesn’t really recall it. Familiarity is when you read about it, or are asked a question about it, and you think “yeah, I saw this yesterday”. That’s not good enough. You need to recall the information. You need to know it. That takes more than just reading the information.+One thing that I see all the time is a student says “I //know// the answer. I just can’t quite pull it out of my memory.”. That’s because they're familiar with the material, but doesn’t really recall it. Familiarity is when you read about it, or are asked a question about it, and you think “yeah, I saw this yesterday”. That’s not good enough. You need to recall the information. You need to know it. That takes more than just reading the information.
  
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 **Structured reading** — Some books, especially textbooks, are written in a structured, hierarchical method. There are big, bold, headings; and there are subheadings. My science books have big red headings, and smaller blue subheadings. Before reading, look at the headings and subheadings. The idea is to get a framework or foundation ready that you will fill in more detailed information as you read the whole text. **Structured reading** — Some books, especially textbooks, are written in a structured, hierarchical method. There are big, bold, headings; and there are subheadings. My science books have big red headings, and smaller blue subheadings. Before reading, look at the headings and subheadings. The idea is to get a framework or foundation ready that you will fill in more detailed information as you read the whole text.
  
-If you have a summary of the text available read that before reading the main text. But don’t fall into the {{ :itsatrap.jpg?linkonly|trap}} of thinking that reading the summary is a substitute for reading the textbook. Summaries tell main points, but leave out loads of details. That’s why they’re called summaries. I recommend that you read the summary page every day.+If you have a summary of the text available read that before reading the main text. But don’t fall into the {{ :itsatrap.jpg?linkonly|trap}} of thinking that reading the summary is a substitute for reading the textbook. Summaries tell main points, but leave out loads of details. That’s why they’re called summaries. So you should still read the main text. But as a refresher, I recommend that you read the summary page every day.
  
 If you can print out from an online book or can photocopy your textbook you can take notes in the margins and highlight parts that your teacher thinks are especially important. If you can print out from an online book or can photocopy your textbook you can take notes in the margins and highlight parts that your teacher thinks are especially important.
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-But tests aren’t only about recalling facts. Memorization isn’t enough. You will also need to be able to synthesize knowledge — that means coming up with new information. This is going to be more important with Common Core. Look for connections from the material to your daily life; these can become questions on tests. Many times new information in class will connect with previous lessons. Look for these connections even if the teacher doesn’t point them out. Here’s an example:+But tests aren’t only about recalling facts. Memorization isn’t enough. You will also need to be able to synthesize knowledge — that means coming up with new information. Look for connections from the material to your daily life; these can become questions on tests. Many times new information in class will connect with previous lessons. Look for these connections even if the teacher doesn’t point them out. Here’s an example:
  
 >//You know that hot air rises, and that it’s hot near the equator. You’ve also just learned that as air rises it cools, and clouds form, especially if the air is humid. From these you should be able to figure out on your own that the skies around the equator are usually cloudy. In fact, land near the equator is normally rain forest due to this effect.// >//You know that hot air rises, and that it’s hot near the equator. You’ve also just learned that as air rises it cools, and clouds form, especially if the air is humid. From these you should be able to figure out on your own that the skies around the equator are usually cloudy. In fact, land near the equator is normally rain forest due to this effect.//
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