Ef­fec­tive cram­ming

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DO you have fi­nal ex­ams next week? Here are some tips that will help you learn quickly.

Skim through the text­book and high­light su­per im­por­tant ideas. This should con­sist of head­ings, sub­head­ings and cer­tain im­ages, not ac­tual blocks of text. For ex­am­ple, if you’re study­ing An­cient Egyp­tian His­tory, you might high­light: the Nile, Pyra­mids, the Cleopa­tras, and Pan­theon of Gods.

Sur­vey: Turn the high­lighted parts into exam ques­tions:

Ba­si­cally, you imag­ine what the essen­tials are. Don’t bother with iden­ti­fy­ing an­swers yet, just think what is likely to come up. For the Nile ques­tions might in­clude: how long is it, where does it flow, and what’s spe­cial about this river.

Take a look at the text and find an­swers to your ques­tions. Just high­light them and then move on. For ex­am­ple, you’d be look­ing at in­for­ma­tion that says the Nile is 6,853km long, moves through 11 coun­tries, and it over­flows its banks once a year, de­posit­ing rich soil that helped Egypt be­come a huge agri­cul­tural power in the An­cient World.

Look at the text:

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