By Meaghan Montrose
The focus for this post is how to study using practice worksheets and homework assignments. When you are taking a class, you will likely have some practice problems, worksheets, quizzes, etc. along the way to help you understand the material being taught. When it comes time to study for the test, many students forget about all of these previous assignments and they instead just focus on studying straight from the notes. While it is useful to review your notes, answering actual questions or doing problems is the best way to prepare.
Here are a few steps to take to use this study strategy:
1. Gather together all of your practice problems, worksheets, etc. Make a pile or list of all the questions/problems that you have corrected answers to. These answers may have be given to you by your teacher in class or they might be found in your book.
2. Have someone (friend, parent, sibling) take all of the practice questions and create a mini test by selecting a couple of questions from each assignment and rewriting or typing them. Note- You can do this on your own by randomly selecting questions. Give each question a number then roll dice or pick numbers out of a hat to determine the ones you will answer.
3. Answer the questions as if you are taking the actual test.
4. When you are finished you can get instant feedback by checking your answers with the corrected answers.
5. After scoring yourself on the mini test, determine which topic you had the most trouble with. Have someone create another mini test, but this time have the questions come from the topic(s) you didn’t score well on the first time.