This forum topic is for students to self-organize study groups, etc.
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I also normally have issues with memory retention over breaks, so I definitely feel you there! My suggestion would be to randomly pick problems out of the outlines and (re)do them just to give yourself a refresher? Or take a textbook problem and change some things about it and try to answer it after that? I'd love to hear any suggestions anyone else has, though!
I think I'm going to make flashcards on the main terms and topics because writing them down helps me retain things better. I feel like that requires the least brainpower during a break, because I don't think I will have the motivation to do practice problems.
I made my own outline notes of each outline that we covered in class, and I'm probably going to just review them as often as I can to make sure that I retain all of the information! Also doing practice problems over break could help too. Personally, I am going to focus on acids and bases a little bit more since 14B picks up right where we left off in 14A.
I would make an outline highlighting only key concepts for each topic. It would be good to have 3-4 bulletpoints for each topic so you don't clutter your page. The concepts are probably the things that will reoccur in future classes, so I wouldn't spend time focusing on the little details.
I am going to review my notes often over break just to make sure I remember the information because I have trouble remembering information over time as well. I will also maybe do some practice problems from the textbook to reinforce my knowledge.
I always have this problem over breaks, usually what I try to do is either write up answers to a study guide provided by the teacher, or make my own study guide and answer all the questions, then when class is about to begin again I review this study guide and it usually comes back pretty quick since it is in a familiar and organized format.
During the quarter I usually take pretty messy notes from lecture and the textbook, and over winter quarter I plan to rewrite my notes, or at least the essential concepts. This will help me stay refreshed on the material, and will also give me something to reference should I need to in 14B.
In theory I would like to reread my study guide in the middle of break and then right before 14B starts which is not that ambitious on its own, but realistically I will be only be rereading it once right before it starts
Honestly doing the textbook problems really help and rewriting some notes as a refresher. I wouldn't worry too much during break since it's only a couple of weeks. Maybe some review videos right before week 1, but nothing too big.
I am planning on going over the material from 14A a few days before 14B. Admittedly, I have been reluctant to do that in the past, but having a head start on any material at all before Week 1 is extremely helpful in the quarter system and saves a lot of stress later on.
As somebody else mentioned above, while it is important to be prepared for 14B also remember to enjoy winter break and relax a little so we can all come back to 14B refreshed and rested. :) Congrats everyone for making it through the quarter!
I might rewatch the video modules from some of the earlier concepts in 14A because I feel like I won't retain that information as well since we learned it a while ago (although, knowing me, I'll likely forget to do that). Other than that, I'll probably just keep my 14A notebook handy as we start 14B.
I'm personally going to take this winter break to relax, especially after a tough quarter. However, I will read over my notes again closer to the beginning of the winter quarter. It might also help to review the textbook problems if you want more practice review.
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