When I study I use flip cards. Throughout the semester I actually write important notes on my flip cards so by the time we get around to the test the cards are ready to be flipped. You simply take something you learned, like the definition of gamification, put the definition on one side of the card and ask the question on the other (“What is gamification?”).
The format is usually one mark per multiple choice question, seven marks per short answers and about fifteen for the essay question. Every test is different but if you can determine what might be a multiple choice and what might be important enough to be a short answer question, you can assign points to each of your flip cards.
This is one of the educational games that helped me graduate high school, college and university so listen up students.
Each flip card or cue card is assigned points based on whether you think it’s important enough to be a short answer, essay or multiple choice question (what’s cool is if you don’t know, you’re learning the material anyways so if what you thought was a multiple choice question and it turns out to be a short answers question you’ve still already learned the card). The way I look at it is that for every fifty points or so that’s fifty marks on the test.
This means that you can scale you’re studying to your desired mark. So if you want an eighty percent on the test and you know the test is out of 20 marks, take a break every take a break every 16 points.
For this example, for every 16 points you hit you should reward yourself in two ways:
- Say to yourself “BOOM level up!” It feels really good to get through a set of cards.
- For every 16 points (in this example) you should set a rewards. (A chocolate for the first 16 points, a beer for the next 16 points etc). Have the rewards increase as you level up in the game.
I studied this way for five years and had A’s across the board (ok almost across the board). It’s even more fun when you play with friends. Challenge them with cards you think they don’t know, have them bring their own cards or you can all go in blind taking it card by card.