School-Based Intervention Idea from


Study Skills: Study Actively  (University of North Dakota Learning Center, n.d.; Wright, 2002)

Students get much more out of study sessions when they use strategies to actively review the material--such as summarizing main ideas from passages, formulating possible test questions from class notes, reciting information aloud, and studying with others.

When reviewing readings from the course, the student should pause after important passages to attempt to summarize the main idea, or ‘gist sentence’ of each passage. While reviewing class notes, the student should attempt to identify concepts or facts from the notes that are likely to appear on an upcoming quiz or test. The student then formulates a possible test question that would be answered by the selection from his or her notes. Some students also find that they retain information more effectively during review when they occasionally read aloud sections from their course readings or class notes. Studying with others is another good method for reviewing course material, as students can motivate and encourage one another during the study session.


University of North Dakota Learning Center (n.d.). Making notes instead of taking notes. Retrieved September 25, 2006, from

Wright, J. (2002) Managing test anxiety: Ideas for students. Retrieved September 23, 2006, from

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