Effective studying involves keywords and using them to your advantage; this applies to notes, texts and even exams.

What color should I use?

Go to a bookstore and play with them. Choose the one that attracts your eye the most.

What is the purpose of highlighting?

  • To summarize, outline and identify critical elements, and organize thoughts.
  • To help with focus, concentration and recall.

Suggestions for optimum highlighting

  1. Do not underline whole sentences: remember key word.
  2. Do not highlight the word more than once in one section.
  3. Each paragraph will have only 2-3 words or short phrases.
  4. Put definitions in brackets; highlight only the key word.

Effective highlighting is a strategy that will save time and boost grades!

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