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Succeeding in Tests: A Case Study.

Hey there again. Today, I have something new for you.

People often ask me, ‘Katie, how do you do so well in tests?’, and the truth is, I don’t actually know. And what better way to find out, than to do a case study? In the next few weeks, I have a two tests, one on Introduction to Business, for Business and Enterprise, and the other on Models of Growth: Logarithms for Mathematical Studies II. They’re worth about 15-20% of my grade, and they’re both for subjects in the year above me, so I’m a little bit nervous.

For the next two weeks, I’ll be keeping a regular journal of what I do each day, so you can check it out, maybe take a few things away, and we ┬ácan both a be a little more wiser. You can take a look at the page here.

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Brainstorming: Outlining

It’s pretty safe to say that you have heard of, and used the outlining brainstorming technique. Unlike many other methods, outlining isn’t limited to brainstorming. It can be used for note-taking, shopping lists, to-do lists, and any other use you may desire. Outlining provides a structured way to develop, record and organize your ideas.

The term outline has been around for around 350 years, but it’s fair to say that people have been using it for a lot longer, and for a good reason. An outline presents all the major details of an idea, in a hierarchical manner. These can be moved around, and placed in any sort of order the writer desires. It is a workflow that many are used to, as it uses a linear process.

The uses of an outline are as varied as the leaves in a tree. From a brainstorming standpoint, a student might use one for planning essays, forming a hierarchy of information, organizing that information using a range of methods, such as chronologically and alphabetically. The outlining tool is best used when connecting ideas and forming associative relationships between notes isn’t necessary.

Outlines have a few advantages over the competitions. They are generally more organized and structured than others, because of the linear relationships between ideas. They can also be as simple, or as detailed as you require. And the beauty of outlining, you don’t really need to know what they are, as they are so embroiled in society’s mindset.

Normally, I’d give you some offline tools, but I’ve found that these hardly match the features of products found on the internet. They also have the advantage of being available wherever there is an internet connection. I personally use WorkFlowy, but there are plenty of other options.

  • CheckVist
  • KnowCase
  • LooseStitch
  • Thinklinkr
  • WorkFlowy

You could also use your choice of note-taking software/ text editor/ paper and pen.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments. Don’t be shy!

Katie

An Introduction: Habits of Mind

I first came across the Habits of Mind when I began high
school. They are an integral part of our education, and I firmly
believe they help students reach their full potential, whether they
realize it or not. Although the Habits of Mind are mocked by
students, the teachers persist in using them in assignments and
lessons, and they eventually reach students. Habits of Mind are not
a quick-fix solution like dieting pills and any product you may see
on any current affairs program. They are meaningful tools that
require effort to make an impact. Like any worthwhile solution, you
should not approach the Habits of Mind as a simple get-smart-quick
scheme. You need to be prepared to put the effort into learning,
incorporating and noticing the Habits.

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