Oftentimes when students are assigned homework the problems are assigned in blocks of the same type of problem. Initially, when learning a new concept this type of repetition is very helpful however when it comes to studying for the test it is not. When doing 10 of the same problem in a row it is easy to go on 'auto pilot' where you are no longer thinking critically about the problem and how it fits into the larger whole of what you are learning. Those particular problems just represent a small slice of the pie and without tying it together with the whole meal of the chapter, the individual concepts are quickly forgotten. So, alternatively, when studying for a test try to practice the problems in a more random order for greater comprehension and retention.
Finals are around the corner and another strategy is reviewing your old quizzes and tests. What you want to do is not just look at the tests, but rather, cover up the worked out solutions with a piece of paper and try solving the tougher ones again. Just looking at the work you did previously is not as effective as actually working through the steps again. Hope you find these ideas useful. Let me know how they are working for you!
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August 2017
