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Note Taking Skills: Writing Skills Success Study Guide (page 4)

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Sleep on It

When you study right before sleep and don't allow any interference—such as conversation, radio, television, or music—to come between study and sleep, you remember material better. This is especially true if you review first thing after waking as well. A rested and relaxed brain seems to hang on to information better than a tired and stressed-out brain.

Loction, Location, Location

Find a quiet spot, use a good reading light, and turn the radio off.

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Find Quiet Places

For many adult test takers, it's difficult to find a quiet spot in their busy lives. Many adults don't even have a bedroom corner that isn't shared with someone else. Your quiet spot may be in a different place at different times of the day.

 

For example, it could be the kitchen table early in the morning before breakfast, your workplace area when everyone else is at lunch, or a corner of the sofa late at night. If you know you'll have to move around when you study, make sure your study material is portable.

 

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Keep your notes, practice tests, pencils, and other supplies together in a folder or bag. Then you can easily carry your study material with you and study in whatever quiet spot presents itself.

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If quiet study areas are nonexistent in your home or work environment, you may need to find a space elsewhere. The public library is the most obvious choice. Some test takers find it helpful to assign themselves study hours at the library in the same way that they schedule dentist appointments, class hours, household tasks, or other necessary uses of daily or weekly time. Studying away from home or work also minimizes the distractions of other people and other demands when you are preparing for a test.

 

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Lights

Libraries also provide good reading lights. For some people, this may seem like a trivial matter, but the eyestrain that can come from working for long periods in poor light can be very tiring—which you can't afford when you're studying hard.

At home, the bedside lamp, the semidarkness of a room dominated by the television, or the bright sunlight of the back porch will be of little help to tired eyes.

A practice exercise for this concept can be found at Note Taking Skills: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercise.

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