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Peer Tutor Guide

Study Skills: Hints from Experienced Tutors

Study Skills: Hints from Experienced Tutors

The techniques presented here hints to share with students to help them make connections and study efficiently.

  • Make flash cards to build vocabulary.
  • Use mnemonics to help retain and recall information. For example, FOIL is a mnemonic created to remember how to multiply two binomials; First, Outer, Inner, Last.
  • Look for patterns in formulas.
  • Create a formula sheet and keep it handy.
  • Use drawings to illustrate concepts rather than relying only on words.
  • Make analogies to discuss how two concepts are similar to each other.
  • Pay attention to words that are bold, underlined, or italics in the textbook.
  • Use “practice” quizzes to help reinforce learning.
  • Tutor other students in the class. The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.
  • Direct students to video tutorials on Khan Academy, Youtube, etc.