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Prepare for exams by collaboratively building an engaging study guide.

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The study guide template provides a framework and suggested study techniques to prepare for school exams. You can collaborate on the guide with classmates or build it on your own and later invite your classmates  to quiz each other and make studying fun.

First,  add the main concepts that will be on the exam in the blue rectangles. Use section 2 to add any supplementary supporting concepts from the class. 

Next, drag one key concept into each quadrant on the canvas. This is where you will dive deeper into each concept by collecting notes and ideas, making connections, summarizing the concept, and creating example quiz questions. Mark the concepts with red, yellow, or green to show your confidence level with each concept.

Study guide template benefits

  • Organize study material into key topics to make them easy to understand
  • Quickly review concepts and class material with a memory game
  • Add notes and ideas, create connections, and summarize main points
  • Record questions to ask during instructor office hours

How to use the study guide template

When you create a study guide from the template, you’ll work with several key sections. These sections are:

1. Familiarize yourself with the study guide sections

Each study quadrant consists of four sections to organize your study material. Once you have placed your primary concept in the center of the quadrant, you can start filling in the four sections with supporting material. The quadrant sections are as follows:

  • ‍ Notes and ideas : Add content that comes to mind while thinking about the central concept. Content may include images and diagrams, notes from class and key terms. You can use this section to remind yourself of key points you may want to cover in your test answers. ‍
  • Connections : What are some things that remind you of the central concept? It could be anything — make it fun. A song, memory, or rhyming word will help you remember it. The connections section can cater to visual or auditory learners — whatever you prefer. ‍
  • Quiz questions : Compile some example questions to quiz yourself and your classmates to test your knowledge. ‍
  • Summary : Sometimes, it helps to sum it all up. Use this space to summarize the central concept while taking inspiration from your notes and ideas. If you can’t summarize the concept just yet, you might need to study the details more attentively.

2. Add main concepts

Identify and add the main concepts discussed in your class into the blue rectangles in Section 1. Main concepts may include chapter titles, key terms, or course concepts to further elaborate on. If your teacher or professor provides a test outline, highlight those core concepts here.

3. Combine supporting concepts

In Section 2, use sticky notes to add supporting concepts. Supporting concepts support the main ideas you identified in the first section with more detailed terms or information.

For example, if you’re taking a humanities class on ancient languages, some main concepts could be Greek verbs and adjectives, and supporting concepts would then be verb families or adjective order.

4. Develop each quadrant

The study guide quadrants in Section 3 are the foundation of your study guide and help organize main concepts and supporting information. Here, you’ll drag one key concept from Section 1 into the middle of each quadrant on the canvas.

Use the quadrants for diving deeper into each concept by collecting notes and ideas, making connections, compiling quiz questions, and summarizing learnings. You can mark quadrants red, yellow, or green to show your confidence level with each concept.

5. Test your knowledge

The game's feature is the perfect place to practice questions and prepare for your exam. Here you can add questions from previous quizzes or practice exams that could appear on your final exam.

Use the provided game examples with your classmates to make studying more engaging and fun. Having a classmate ask you questions will highlight which areas require more practice and attention.

6. Compile questions

In this section, write any questions you want to ask your teacher or professor during office hours. If you’re using the template collaboratively with your classmates, they may be able to answer your questions. When searching for information, Sparknotes and CliffsNotes are useful resources for many subjects and placeholder information. But they may not answer your questions with information acceptable or accurate, according to your instructor.

Tips for creating your study guide

Organize your notes.

Organizing your notes can help you focus on the main concepts while studying for a test. Before creating your study guide, compile notes from lectures and tutorials by supporting concept or unit.

Collect main concepts and ideas

Your teacher or professor may have provided a test outline of the core concepts covered on your test. Include only the notes that cover the main ideas on your test outline. Discarding unneeded information lets you focus on what matters most.

Personalize your guide

Creating a study guide that caters to your specific learning style can be helpful while preparing for a test. In creating your study guide, you can use as much creative freedom as you'd like. If you’re a visual learner , this may involve adding pictures or diagrams to create connections between core concepts and ideas.

Practice with classmates

Your classmates are excellent study tools. Sharing concepts and coming together to study and quiz each other — online or in-person — can help you to stay disciplined and organized. It’ll also highlight what you’re confident in and what you need to go over again.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

Don't be afraid to ask questions if a concept seems unclear. Take note of each idea that requires more clarity and create a list. Bringing these questions to your teacher’s office hours ensures you don’t forget to find answers to your questions.

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How to Create Study Guides

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Study guides are tools that can help reduce the stress of a test. If you’re covering a lot of material, it may seem intimidating to consolidate all of the information into one helpful guide. However, with a few tricks for sorting information and finding a design that works for you, you can ace your next test and prepare for any exam in the future!

Formatting Your Study Guide

Step 1 Make the form match the function.

  • If you're a visual learner , consider using color-coded sections in your study guides or using idea mapping to draw out the information and make it more quickly-accessible.
  • If you've got a linear mind , organize the information chronologically, or alphabetically, so you can make learn one thing in a series, and then move on to the next.
  • If you need to connect to information emotionally to understand it, organize your notes into narrative form to study it better. Translate concepts from math into a story that you can connect to, then organize your study-guide like a short-story you can recite to remember the application of the formulas.
  • If you can memorize information quickly , use a format that will help you memorize efficiently, whether it be recording yourself reciting vocab words and definitions, then listening back on your iPod throughout the day, or by creating flash cards and testing yourself regularly.

Step 2 Draw concept maps to connect main ideas and prioritize information.

  • An example of a concept map for a history chapter on space flight might involve "The Space Race" as the main heading, which would branch off into separate categories for The United States and the Soviet Union, with trailing data about specific missions, projects, successes, and failures.
  • A formal outline, as you're sometimes expected to write for an essay assignment, is an example of a concept map. If outlining works for you and organizes information in a way you find useful, outline the info to study. Formal outlines can make excellent study guides, but only if you find them easy to write out. If it would be stressful to make one, find another solution.
  • Diagrams of technical information can help to visually represent processes or procedures that take place by way of a series of defined steps. These start with a main concept and are organized from left to right in a way that highlights important key factors in the order in which they must happen.
  • Timelines are good for outlining a series of chronological events, most often used for subjects like history, politics, and biology.

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  • For example, a comparison chart collecting different plant species might have the names of various plants in different column headers, with the plants' kingdom, family and genus in rows underneath. This will help organize the information for quick comparison and review.
  • You could also make use of comparison charts when you're studying literature, setting up different characters in a novel in different columns, with attributes or other information under each. Likewise, information from two different novels might be nicely organized in a comparison table like this.

Step 4 Use flash cards or concept cards to memorize vocabulary.

  • Write 1 key concept on the front of each index card and then, on the back of the cards, write whatever fact(s) you'd like to associate with the key concepts. Cycle through the cards yourself, or have someone quiz you using the cards. To make sure you've really got things memorized, go forwards and backwards, starting with the front of the card, then with the back. This works especially well for foreign language vocabulary.

Step 5 Write your own sample test to study.

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Step 6 Study multiple study guides.

  • Some students find that re-writing notes and organizing the information into hand-written study guides forces your mind to connect more physically with the information when compared with typing. While rote recopying of notes has no effect on memory, actively reading and rewriting information can help you double-up on the studying: you've read through the info once when reading, and again, when writing.
  • Alternatively, if you struggle with hard-to-read handwriting, or simply prefer working on the computer, feel free to type out your study guide, make it as graphically-interesting as you want, and print out copies, or read through it on your mobile device.

Choosing What to Study

Step 1 Ask your teacher about what information the test will include.

  • When in doubt about what to study, emphasize studying new information or skills. While teachers' may delight in throwing an old question at you to test your memory, it's more likely you'll only be tested over the most recent chapters, lectures, and information. Most teachers don't want to trick you.

Step 2 Go through your textbook and other reading materials.

  • Re-read materials to isolate the main ideas to include in your study guide. When reviewing, it's probably not necessary to read every word of a particular chapter. Instead, scan for the main concepts to remind yourself and mark this information for inclusion on your study guide. This, in itself, makes for a good first step in reviewing for a test.
  • Look for chapter review or study questions to guide the content of your study guide. If a textbook lists possible questions or comprehension checks, copy them into your notes to include in your study guide. Even if the teacher doesn't base tests on the textbook, knowing the information extra thoroughly is an excellent way to review for the questions that might be asked.

Step 3 Gather and

  • Sometimes, notes taken in class can be messy, confusing, and otherwise difficult to review, making a study-guide more like an all-inclusive and clean version of your class notes. Save a bit of time for recopying, not word-for-word, but taking the main concepts and important ideas the teacher discussed, from your notes. Translate them into a concise set for your study guide.
  • If you're not a great note-taker, ask a classmate if you might review their notes, being extra careful to care for them and return them in a timely manner. Return the favor in the future by taking closer notes and letting your friend use them for review.

Step 4 Seek out additional definitions, explanations, and resources.

  • If you're studying for a final exam, be sure to collect your previous tests, study guides, and handouts. These can make for excellent study guides.

Step 5 Focus on the main concepts in each chapter and lecture.

  • When reviewing for math or science , make sure to have necessary formulas memorized, if need be, but make applying those formulas the more important study-focus. Understand how to use the formula, and when to use it. The concept behind the formula is more important than the formula itself. This goes, as well, for physics, chemistry, or other science courses, in which it's helpful to create practical examples that apply the material to real-life situations.
  • When reviewing for English , make sure you know all the characters names in the book you'll be tested over, but focus more on the plot, the significance of the story, and other themes in the reading, rather than specific details. If you have to refer to "the main character's sister" in an essay test, because you forgot the name, it won't matter much if your essay is thoughtful and well-written otherwise.
  • When reviewing for History , it's common to spend a considerable amount of time memorizing key facts and vocabulary words, but it's also important to understand the themes of the period of history you're studying, and the reason those facts are important. Understand the relationship between all the names and dates, and you'll be in even better shape.

Step 6 Prioritize information.

  • Identify, explain and demonstrate the relationships between ideas and concepts in sub-steps on your study-guide, or by grouping your study guides into linked packets of info that you can study together. If you're reviewing for a history final, it might make sense to bind all the war sections into one study-group, or all the information on various presidents, to look for the common themes.

Using Study Guides

Step 1 Include everything you'll need to study, then carry it around with you all the time.

  • Pull out your study guide on the bus, or while you're watching TV, and just flip through it. The more often you do "hospital rounds" of the testing information, the closer you'll be to memorizing it.

Step 2 Highlight difficult material to return to before the test.

  • If you struggle with stress anxiety and tend to panic before tests, it can be an especially good idea to get ahead of the game and set deadlines for particular chapters or topics. If you know that you've got to cover the first two chapters this week, before moving on to 3 and 4 the following week, it means you'll have a whole week to devote to that time, and you won't be able to stress about what's in 3 and 4 until later.
  • Put your studies in different compartments, and only focus on one at a time. Don't switch back and forth between five different subjects until you've studied for one and completed it. [18] X Research source

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  • Keep in mind that each study guide format has different strengths and weaknesses and that there are many different learning styles. Therefore, appropriately adapting a study guide to a subject or to different types of learning may require that you use more than 1 format. For example, visual learners may find maps and diagrams to be most useful, while auditory learners might do best with flash cards that they can recite aloud from. Thanks Helpful 64 Not Helpful 9
  • Try to keep it as concise as possible. Avoid unnecessary information. Thanks Helpful 52 Not Helpful 12
  • You can use sticky notes in making study guides. They can be removed and replaced with new ones if necessary. Thanks Helpful 8 Not Helpful 0

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The summary sheet method forces you to review your notes as you transcribe them into your study guide, making it more likely that you’ll remember the information later. By quizzing yourself on the questions in the left column, you can determine which concepts and terms you need to review further.

There are several other ways to organize a study guide and the best method will depend on the content you’re studying. For example, if you’re creating a study guide for an upcoming history exam, ordering your notes chronologically and creating a timeline of events will help you understand the historical context behind the information.

These study guides look similar to notes taken using the Cornell method .

2. Practice essay questions

You can prepare yourself for possible essay questions by practicing answers to them beforehand. That way, in case a similar question comes up on the exam, you’ll have a well thought-out answer ready to go. You can try to anticipate what these questions might be using past exams or quizzes, or you can copy the review questions from the textbook, which are often at the end of every chapter. While memorizing the material is one benefit of using a study guide, practicing essay questions will help you make sure you can apply your knowledge in a written response.

3. Make a vocabulary section

If there is a vocabulary section on the exam, dedicate a portion of your study guide to key terms and definitions. Even if there’s not a vocabulary section on the exam, it’s still important to know key terms for when they appear in the context of a question. Knowing your vocabulary will help you feel more comfortable using important terms in your essay responses, which shows your instructor that you have a strong grasp on the exam material.

Concept maps are a great way to study vocabulary, especially if you are a visual learner. To create a concept map, draw a shape around key terms and then draw lines to establish its relationship with other words or concepts.

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Visual example would be good here Visually mapping out the relationships between different vocabulary words not only helps you remember definitions, it also helps you establish important connections between key terms and concepts.

4. Handwrite it – don’t type it

It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s critical that you handwrite your study guide as opposed to creating it on a computer. While it’s often easier and faster to type something up, writing by hand requires you to slow down and think about the information you are transcribing. This gives you the added benefit of actually absorbing the information you need to study while you are in the process of creating your guide. If you do need to type out your study guide for whatever reason, it’s recommended that you print it out after you are finished. Reading a document on your computer screen won’t help you retain information and you’ll be prone to more distractions from the internet, such as social media notifications or emails.

5. Make it personal

One of the biggest benefits of creating your own study guide is that you can tailor it to fit your learning style. Most people fall within five different types of learning styles: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. As a result, two students studying for the same test might have very different study guides.

As an example, reading/writing learners may benefit from creating a more traditional study guide, such as the summary sheet, and repeatedly rewriting the material. Visual learners will benefit more from color-coding and creating concept maps in order to create meaningful connections between key concepts.

Studying for exams can seem intimidating, but with the right approach, you can increase your chances of success. Creating a personalized study guide will help you review the information in a way that is most helpful to you and can help you improve your test scores as a result.

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How to Make Study Guide: Examples and Templates

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Imagine the feeling of walking into an exam room, completely confident and prepared. That's the power of a well-crafted study guide . As we delve into the art and science of making study guides, we will uncover examples and templates that can serve as your compass in the sea of knowledge. Here, we will explore how to make a study guide using Boardmix, providing you with examples and templates to optimize your study sessions.

What is a Study Guide?


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A  study guide is a comprehensive learning tool designed to supplement and enhance a student's understanding of academic material. It typically contains a detailed overview of topics covered in a course or textbook, and serves as a roadmap to help students navigate complex information, break down broad topics into manageable segments, and focus on the most important aspects of what they need to learn.

Key Components of a Study Guide:

1. Overview of Topics

This provides a clear and concise summary of each topic or chapter that is being studied. It allows you to quickly review the main points and gain a broad understanding of the subject matter.

2. Detailed Explanations

The guide delves deeper into each topic, providing comprehensive explanations that build on the overview. This could include key definitions, important principles, formulas, diagrams, or examples to illustrate concepts more clearly.

3. Review Questions

Most study guides include review questions or exercises at the end of each section to reinforce learning. These questions are typically designed to mimic the type of questions you might encounter in an exam or test.

4. Answers and Solutions

Alongside the review questions, answers or solutions are usually provided. This allows you to check your understanding and ensure that you're on the right track.

5. Additional Resources

Many study guides also include references to additional resources like textbooks, research papers, online resources, etc., for further exploration of the topics.


Benefits of Using a Study Guide:

Streamlines Studying: By organizing information into a structured format, study guides help make studying more efficient and less overwhelming.

Improves Comprehension: The detailed explanations in study guides can enhance your understanding of complex concepts.

Reinforces Learning: The practice questions in study guides provide an opportunity to apply what you've learned and reinforce your knowledge.

Increases Retention: By breaking down information into manageable segments, study guides can help improve memory retention.

A study guide is an indispensable tool in the learning process. Whether you're preparing for an exam, trying to understand a complex concept, or just looking to improve your knowledge on a particular subject, a well-prepared study guide can greatly enhance your learning experience.

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Boardmix provides an interactive and customizable platform that can be used to create dynamic study guides. Here are a few benefits of using Boardmix for this purpose.

1. User-Friendly Interface

Boardmix’s platform is intuitive and easy to navigate, which makes it a great tool for creating comprehensive study guides quickly and effortlessly.

2. Customizable Templates

Boardmix offers customizable templates that you can use as a starting point for your study guides. You can easily add, modify or delete elements as per your needs.


3. Cloud-Based Accessibility 

As a cloud-based platform, Boardmix allows you to access your study guides from any device, at any time, giving you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever you choose.

4. Real-Time Collaboration 

If you’re studying in a group, Boardmix's real-time collaboration feature is particularly useful. Multiple users can access and modify the same study guide simultaneously, allowing for collective input and shared learning.


5. Integration Capabilities 

Boardmix integrates seamlessly with other platforms like Google Drive or Trello. This feature helps keep all your study materials in one place, ensuring a smoother study flow.

How to Make a Study Guide Using Boardmix

Before creating your study guide, clearly define what you want to achieve from your study session. Whether it's understanding a specific concept or preparing for an exam, having clear objectives will help guide your study process. Once you make it, follow these steps to create your study guide with ease.

1. Sign up or login: Login to your Boardmix account online. If you don’t have it yet, sign up with an email for free.


2. Choose a Template:  Once log in to your Boardmix account, select a template that suits your needs. There are numerous templates available on Boardmix, including mind maps, concept maps, timelines, and more.


3. Customize Your Template: Once you've chosen a template, start customizing it based on your study objectives. Add sections or cards for different topics or concepts. If you're studying for an exam, you might want to divide your content based on the exam's structure or key areas of focus.


4. Add Detailed Information: Once you have set up your sections or cards, start adding detailed information. This could include definitions, key points, formulas, diagrams, or anything else relevant to your study material.

5. Use Visual Elements: Use images, charts, or colors to differentiate between various topics or concepts. This will make your study guide example more visually appealing and easier to remember.

6. Review and Refine: Regularly review and update your study guide as you progress through your study materials. Remove unnecessary information and add new details as required.

7. Study: Now that you have your study guide ready, start studying! Use the guide as a roadmap to navigate through your study material. Periodically review the guide to reinforce the information in your memory.

8. Collaborate (Optional): If you're studying with others, invite them to collaborate on your study guide. This will allow for a diverse range of inputs and shared learning.


5 Study Guide Examples and Templates

Creating an effective study guide is an art in itself. A well-crafted study guide can greatly enhance your learning process, making studying more efficient and enjoyable. With Boardmix, creating an interactive and comprehensive study guide becomes an easy task. Here are some examples of how you can use Boardmix to create various types of study guides.

1. Concept Map Study Guide Template


A concept map is a visual tool that represents the relationships between concepts. This type of study guide is great for visual learners and can help in understanding complex topics.

How to Create:

- Start with a central concept and then branch out into related sub-concepts.

- Use arrows or lines to show the relationships between different concepts.

- Add details or definitions to each concept card.

For instance, if you're studying biology and want to understand the human respiratory system, start with "Respiratory System" as your central concept. Then branch out to sub-concepts like "Trachea," "Bronchi," "Lungs," etc., and add details for each.

2. Mind Map Study Guide Template


A mind map is similar to a concept map but less structured. It's used for brainstorming and exploring new ideas.

- Start with a central topic and then add branches for different ideas or sub-topics.

- Use colors, images, and symbols to make the map more engaging and easier to remember.

For example, if you're brainstorming for an essay about climate change, your central topic could be "Climate Change". Your branches could include "Causes", "Effects", "Solutions", etc.

3. Flashcards Study Guide Template


Flashcards are great for memorization. They can be used for studying formulas, definitions, dates, and other factual information.

- On one side of the card, write a question or prompt.

- On the other side, write the answer or information related to the prompt.

If you're studying Spanish vocabulary, one side of your flashcard could have the English word "Apple", and the other side would have the Spanish translation "Manzana".

4. Timeline Study Guide Template


A timeline is useful for understanding events in chronological order, such as historical events or stages of development.

- Start from the earliest point on the left and work your way to the right with more recent events.

- Add dates and brief descriptions for each event on your timeline.

For instance, if you're studying World War II, you could start with the event "Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany" in 1933 and end with "Japan surrenders" in 1945.

5. Comparison Chart Study Guide Template


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A  comparison chart is useful when you need to compare and contrast different concepts or topics.

- List out the topics or concepts you want to compare along the top of the chart.

- Down the side, write the characteristics or categories you are comparing.

- Fill in each box with relevant information for each topic.

If you're studying different political systems, you can compare "Democracy", "Monarchy", and "Communism" on characteristics like "Leadership", "Economic Structure", "Rights and Freedoms", etc.

Boardmix is a versatile tool that can assist you in creating effective study guides. By harnessing its features and functionalities, you can streamline your study process and enhance your learning experience. Using Boardmix to create your study guides, you can design a learning experience that suits your needs and preferences. Start crafting your own customized study guide today and take a step closer to acing your studies.

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Studying for an exam or presentation can be stressful. You may have a textbook, notes, and homework to review, but it’s hard to know where to start. An online study guide can help.

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Read on to learn how to create an online study guide—and knock your next test out of the park.

What is a study guide?

A study guide is a studying tool. It includes summaries of materials learned in and out of the classroom.

People make and use study guides for all sorts of purposes.

  • Prepare for a school exam
  • Get ready for a certification course
  • Practice for a driver’s license test

Study guides differ from person to person. You need to create one that fits your learning style and needs.

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What are the benefits of making an online study guide?

A hand-written study guide can focus your review. Creating a study guide in the first place will help you start learning. Consider an online study guide providing these benefits and more.

An online study guide:

  • Transforms messy notes into clear text
  • Allows you to adjust your guide as you learn new items
  • Makes studying more engaging
  • Empowers you to study with others

What should an online study guide include?

Your online study guide should include all of the materials that might show up on your exam or presentation.

You may want to include:

  • A summary sheet. A summary sheet features sections divided by topic or terms. You might add relevant class notes or textbook quotes underneath each term. The summary sheet will encourage you to review all of your observations and homework.
  • Retyped notes. Rereading and retyping your notes can help you remember what you wrote down in class. You’ll also have an easy-to-read document to review once you’ve typed everything out nicely.
  • Practice questions. A study guide should include a practice test. Review homework questions and write them down again. Focus on those that you struggled with. Also, brainstorm and write down potential essay prompts. Then, take your test and see where you can improve. According to research, pre-testing improves test results more than merely reviewing materials.
  • Diagrams or charts. Diagrams or charts can help you picture a topic or put it into perspective. Consider creating comparison charts, Venn diagrams, or other visualizations.
  • A glossary. Creating a glossary is a great way to review key terms. Define each term in your own words. Having them in your own words will help you remember them even better. Plus, you may have to do the same in an essay.
  • A last-minute review sheet. You’ll want to do a last-minute review before your final test. Create a boiled-down review sheet at the end of your study guide. You can tweak it as you study, adding topics that need the most review.

How do I create my study guide?

You can use multiple tools to create your online study guide. All you need is a program that allows you to type up your notes and summaries.

Some tools make it easier to create a compelling study guide. Microsoft Word, for example, allows you to create various formats. It can help you create complex tables or add photos. Using OneDrive with Word also empowers you to:

  • Save your study guide automatically
  • Access your study guide on any of your devices
  • Share your study guide
  • Allow others to contribute to your study guide
  • Enable others to ask questions about your study guide
  • Restore your study guide if you delete it or someone makes an unwanted change

These features allow you to study with others, getting even more out of your review.

How can I make my online study guide engaging?

You need to ensure your online study guide is tailored to your needs and learning style to get the most out of it.

You can make your online study guide more engaging by:

  • Color coding sections or topics
  • Adding images or visuals
  • Including relevant emojis or GIFs
  • Using a supplementary study tool, like Quizlet

These features can help your study guide go that extra mile, ensuring you rock your next test or presentation.

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Study Guide: What is it & How to Create an Amazing One?

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Your life is all sunshine and rainbows.

All of a sudden, you get one resounding slap on your face and everything turns hazy.

That’s exactly what exams feel like, especially for students who ignore their textbooks the entire year.

The race to cram a year’s worth of syllabus in a few days is a nightmare, making even the bravest and strongest of people fall on our knees and cry.

There is just so much to learn, keep organized, and remember while preparing for an exam.

So what if we tell you that there’s an easy, effective, tried, and tested way to get the best grade possible, other than barricading yourself in the library?

Well, we scoured our brains and the internet for the best study method and it’s…*drumroll*… a study guide!

A Study Guide? What on Earth is That? (Definition)

Every test has a specific set of topics that student needs to learn in order to prepare for their exam, right?

A study guide condenses all those topics into a single source of information.

Simply put, a study guide is your personalized collection of the most important content displayed in a clear and concise manner, making it easier for you to study multiple topics at once.

In your study guide, you can write an outline of each chapter with key points, a chronological timeline for subjects like History, a concept map giving a visual of the most important things, flashcards, tests, and much more.

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Umm…What’s so Great About Study Guides?

A study by the researchers at Stanford found that when college students apply a strategic approach to studying, they can certainly improve their exam scores.

A study guide is exactly that – a strategic and effective approach to prepare for an exam.

Whether you have got a weekly test or a final exam coping up, a study guide helps you figure out things you already know and things you need to study.

It helps you focus your efforts on the material you still haven’t learned, review things that are most likely to show up on your exam, and master every subject you tackle.

Study guides can help you not only remember information for longer but also spend less time studying while still reaping all the benefits.

In a perfect world, your teacher would give you a study guide for every quiz, test, and exam.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.

If your teacher doesn’t give you a study guide, it’s time to come to your own rescue and create your own.

Yes, make your own study guide because we’ve something that’ll help you with that!

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How to Create a Study Guide that Actually Helps

1. change your perspective a little.

Yes, a study guide sounds simple and straightforward.

However, many students misunderstand and underestimate it.

If you’re one of those with the perception that study guides are simply the answers to a test, it’s time to burst that bubble.

If you want to get the most of your study guide, start thinking of them as “questions” for the test, not the answers.

This simple shift in your perspective will make a huge impact on how you prepare yourself for your exams!

2.  Know your Learning Style

How do you learn best?

If you remember things better by seeing, then include images, pictures, and visual aids in your study guides.

If you learn best through learning, record the lectures of your teachers, and so on.

The point being, customize your study guide to fit your learning style and studying routine!

3. Review your Material

Do you know what’s the best part about study guides?

Making a study guide is kind of like studying too because it’s a way of carefully reviewing all the material for your test or exam!

So skim carefully through your textbook, any notes you might have taken, PowerPoint presentations – basically anything that you might have seen in class, and create your study guide.

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We’d like to begin with some stats.

  • Our brains process visuals  60,000 times faster than text .
  • 80% of people  remember what they see, compared to 20 percent of what they read.
  • It takes only 13 milliseconds for the human brain to process an image.

The bottom line is, start creating concept maps, Venn diagrams, graphs, charts for your study guide.

This will help you understand and comprehend the information quickly and easily.

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5. Paraphrase, Paraphrase, Paraphrase

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Don’t copy everything that’s written in the textbook.

You’re more likely to remember your own language and phrases so swap out technical terms for simpler ones, cut out some details, and rearrange the order of information in the paragraph.

When it’s time to take the exam and you have to explain a term or theory, your own words will come back to you faster, and what could be better than that? – The Ultimate Tool for Creating Study Guides has simplified the intimidating process of consolidating all of the information into one helpful guide. Tool for creating study guides

Using Bit will bring happiness into your study routine, while also making your study guides a hundred times more effective!

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1. Organized Workspaces and Folders:  From textbooks to classroom assignments, there is just so much to go through while creating a study guide, right? On Bit, you can create and neatly organize all this study material in workspaces and folders! You can create as many workspaces as you want.

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2. Real-time Collaboration : The benefits of studying with others are endless. You get to better understand the topic if you discuss it with others. You can also ask others to review your study guides, classroom notes and simply ask a question if something isn’t clear.

The best part? gives you a space for that! On Bit, you can add a friend, classmate, teacher to your workspace and work together in real-time on your study guides and other documents using @mentions and highlight features.

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3. Rich Embed : From Word Files & PDFs to YouTube Videos, teachers send a lot of reading material every day. What if we tell you that you can embed all this reading material in your document and enhance your learning experience?

Yes! integrates with more than 100 applications (Ex: Word Files, Google sheets, Microsoft Onedrive, YouTube, PDFs, LucidChart, etc.) to help you create media-rich and interactive study guides or any other document for that matter! You can even add tables, code blocks, math equations to your bit docs.

4. Smart Search:  We’re sure you don’t want to go through the pain of searching for your important study material. Preparing for an exam is enough pain already.

Don’t worry, has got you covered. It has a ‘smart search’ feature that allows you to quickly find text in a body, folders, files, documents, and content across all of your workspaces.

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6. Beautiful Templates & Sleek Editor:  No, your study guide doesn’t have to look like a boring document. Bit offers design automation which makes every document that you create eye-catching. That’s not it!

Your study guide certainly needs all your attention and that’s why Bit also offers a minimal and distraction-free editor. We’re sure you’re impressed. You will also get an automated table of content based on your headers and subheaders for easy navigation without having to scroll endlessly.

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Before you go!

Our team at  has created a few awesome education templates to make your processes more efficient. Make sure to check them out before you go, y ou might need them!

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Wrapping Up

For most people, the experience of studying for an exam can be described in one word: panic.

Everyone vividly remembers that nauseating feeling that creeps in right after realizing that exams are near.

Well, no matter how much you despise exams, it would never change the fact that exams are a part and parcel of education.

Just look on the bright side: exams actually do more than just show your teacher what you know. They help you learn.

So, scratch the dust off your textbooks, assemble your pens, locate your highlighter collection and get to work.

We know you will fearlessly triumph over all the exams and tests that come your way. We’re rooting for you!

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Say it with us: studying can be fun! (Okay, not so loud, we’re in the library.) With interactive timelines, visualizations, and text badges, FigJam’s study guides make information come alive—for you, your students, and your peers.

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Boil down important concepts, build new connections, and stay on top of a semester’s worth of material by creating a study guide template that clears things up for yourself—and every classmate.

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Highlight key details: Jot down the most relevant facts, quotes, and figures to avoid getting bogged down in a textbook’s worth of notes.

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What is a study guide?

A study guide is a document that teachers and students use to get ready for upcoming assessments. Effective study guides usually cover topics that have been covered in lectures, lessons, and reading that will likely pop up on tests and quizzes—homing in on the most valuable and relevant material.

Study guide online templates often include sections with fill-in-the-blank responses, multiple-choice questions, graphs, charts, and diagrams. But the complexity and style of your study guides might depend on factors including the scope of the assessment, the class you’re taking, or the number of students using the document.

How to make a study guide?

If you’re interested in improving the learning process for yourself, your peers, or your students, FigJam’s free study guide template can help you create the perfect study tool for prep.

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A comprehensive study guide can become a go-to resource throughout your academic journey. So what if you want to reference a shared study guide in an upcoming paper or presentation? You can reference study guides by making in-text citations throughout the paper or at the end of your essay in the bibliography section.

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How to Make a Study Guide - An Easy & Effective Studying Method

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How to Make a Study Guide - An Easy & Effective Studying Method

Making a Study Guide

Some teachers give out study guides, but if your teacher hasn’t it’s a good idea to create your own. Whether it’s a first test or a final exam coming up, creating a study guide helps you figure out what you already know and what you still need to study, focusing your efforts on the material you still haven’t learned. At the same time, making a study guide is a form of studying itself, since it’s a way of carefully reviewing all the material for a test. And if you study with friends or peers from the same class, a study guide can be a great way to quiz each other and help each other learn. [caption id=“attachment_130883” align=“aligncenter” width=“640”]

Subject Specifics

This is a general method, but it will need to be adapted to the subject you are studying for. Each subject is different, and requires a slightly different study method. In math, for example, you might want to include formulas and sample problems on your study guide. Test yourself on sample problems by trying to do them without looking at the solution. For English you might have read novels, so you’ll want to include information about plot and characters on your study guide. It might help to go through the novel or a summary of it, paying attention to major themes and plot points. Science is much like math and history is like English, but again your study methods for each will have to be a little different. Remember that and don’t try to study for each subject the same way, but think about what makes that subject unique and what kinds of information are most important.

Preparing Your Study Guide

First you have to gather together all the sources you’ll need. Then, from each source pull out the most important information you need to know for the test. These sources include: Notes: If you have class notes, they can be a valuable asset. Don’t just put everything from your notes onto the study guide, though. Go through and highlight or mark everything in your notes that you think is especially important. Focus on big ideas and main concepts, things you still don’t understand, and key words you’ll have to be able to define. The same goes for any in-class handouts you’ve received. Textbook: If you have a textbook, go through the sections you had to read for class and do the same thing you did with the class notes. Look at chapter and section headings to determine what the main ideas are from the readings—those are things you’ll want in your study guide. Also pay attention to bold or italicized key words, and to end-of-chapter questions and/or summaries. Homework assignments: These can help you figure out what your teacher feels is most important. If it’s on the homework, chances are it will be on the test. Pay special attention to anything you got wrong—that’s information you’ll definitely want to include in your study guide. Previous tests: Past tests are helpful in two ways. If you’re going to be tested on the same information again, a past test will let you know what you still need to study. But even if the next test has nothing to do with the old one, the old test shows you the kinds of questions your teacher asks and the kinds of information he or she focuses on.

Organizing Your Study Guide

Now that you have all the information you’ll need together in one place, and you’ve identified which facts and terms are most important, you just need to pull it all together into one study guide. You can do this by hand, though it’s easier on a computer since you can rearrange and reorganize as you go along. Your study guide can take many forms, but the simplest and easiest is to make a list. List key concept and terms, then below those write the important facts and definitions you need to know using bullets. The most important thing is to keep the study guide organized. Instead of putting all the information from the notes together and keeping that separate from the textbook information, combine them so each concept is together. For example, if in a biology class your teacher and the textbook both mentioned cell division, take all that information and put it together under one heading on your study guide (“cell division”). Again, don’t fall into the trap of trying to put too much on your study guide. If it gets too long, it wont help you very much. Be concise, and really pick and choose what is most important. And if you know a term or subject really well, you don’t need to include it. Don’t spend time studying what you already know, or what the teacher might not even put on the test.

Using Your Study Guide

There are many ways to study now that you have a guide. Reading it over is one way, though not the best. Just reading the information doesn’t tell you if you know it or not. So find a way to force yourself to have to recall the information. Get a friend to quiz you, or just cover up the bullet points under each key word or concept and try to remember the definitions and details on your own. You can also use your study guide to create note cards. Just put the key word or concept on one side and the bulleted information on the other. Note cards force you to recall information, and you can always do the ones you have trouble with over and over again. Finally, studying in a group can be helpful if everyone is focused—other people might have information in their notes or on their study guides that you missed.

Some Examples

Here are some short examples of study guides in various subjects: English , Science , and History . Notice how each focuses on the most important aspect of their topic, not on every detail. Making a study guide takes some time, and it’s tempting to just read through your notes instead. But now that you know how to make a study guide, it should be clear that a little upfront effort will pay off in the long run, especially since making a study guide is, in the end, a form of studying. Image by  Karolina Grabowska  from  Pixabay

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How To Create A College Study Guide

Studying in college can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t know how to do it correctly. One of my favorite study techniques is to create a study guide. It helps me revise the content of the class while also making me study! Sometimes, your professor will be nice enough to create one for you (or at least guide you a little bit by creating a fill-out version), but that will not always be the case. If that happens, you still need to be able to take the matter into your own hands and create one! This step-by-step guide should help you make your own study guide, as well as explain why it’s an amazing study method that you should try!

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Review Your Material

Start off by skimming through the material you’ve seen this semester: the textbook, any notes you might have taken, powerpoint presentations… anything that you might have seen in class can help you create your study guide. If you haven’t done it already, organize your notes so they’re easy for you to understand. Now would also be a good time to catch up on your mandatory reading, if you aren’t caught up already. At this point, you don’t necessarily want to reread everything. You just want to familiarize yourself with the content once again so it’s easier to study.

Also, make sure to go through previous tests or assignments! Professors like to reuse some questions in old tests or exams (sometimes it’s the exact same question!). I cannot tell you the amount of times I saw a question that had been asked in my midterm exam being reused in the final. Make sure you study the corrected version though! You wouldn’t want to make the same mistakes again…

Find Key Points

After you’ve skimmed through your material, find the most important concepts you’ve seen in class. Your study guide shouldn’t be including all that you’ve seen, because not everything is going to be on the exam! Instead, focus on key points and concepts. This will help you create a general picture of what you’ve seen in class throughout the semester.

Make sure you understand those concepts and write them down in your study guide. You don’t necessarily have to write down full sentences. Sometimes, keywords and concept maps are what work best! Find what works for you and stick to it.

Also, if there are any concepts that you feel you don’t completely understand, now is the time to ask! Ask someone in your class or your professor for help if there’s something you haven’t completely grasped. Your professors are here to help you, and they will be happy to do so!

Prioritize The Information

You might feel like everything is important. I certainly tend to highlight everything in my textbook or class notes. That makes a lot of information to remember, lots of which won’t necessarily end up in the exam! You don’t want to spend hours studying something when you know it won’t serve you in the end, right? Especially if you know you could spend those hours preparing for what’s actually going to be on the exam!

Your study guide should contain only the most important concepts you’ve seen in class during the semester. It’s not just a rewritten version of your class notes . It’s supposed to help you study and prepare effectively for an exam.

You need to prioritize the information provided. If you’re having trouble identifying what’s important, go through your material and see what you’ve highlighted or marked as important. If your professor tends to repeat the same concept over and over, or if they take more time to explain it, chances are it’s important! Some teachers even like to do a not-so-subtle “that would be a great exam question” comment. When that happens in class, put a star next to the information, or highlight it! You will want to remember that once you start studying.

Compare your class notes and textbook and see if there are any repetitions. Normally, if your professor took some time explaining something in the textbook, chances are that it’s going to be on the exam. Make sure that information is included in your study guide.

Include Vocabulary Words

If you’ve seen any vocabulary specific to that class, make sure you include those words (and their definitions) on your study guide! Even if you’re not directly asked to give their definitions, they might be plugged into a question. You want to make sure you understand every one of them so you’re not blocked by a word you don’t understand on a question on your exam!

Add Examples

A good way to help you understand a concept is to add an example to it. Your teacher might have provided some to you during class, or you might come up with something. The important thing is that you add examples that you understand and that make it easier for you to study. Some of my professors liked to add questions on the exam where they specifically required that we explain a concept using an example. When you’ve already practiced with some, it’s a lot easier for you to answer the question than having to come up with one on the spot! It’ll save you a lot of stress and examples actually make studying easier!

Come Up With Questions

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the material, try to think of questions your professors could potentially ask on the exam. You can either create a practice exam for yourself, or simply add those questions to your study guide and answer them on the guide. Study both the questions AND the answers! Even if your professor might not end up asking the exact same question, you might have hit close to home! These questions and answers can help you answer the exam’s questions.

Create Your Study Guide

Your study guide can come up in many forms: concept map, timeline (if you’re studying history or something like that), questions and answers, Word document… The choice is yours! It can even be a combination of many things (studying your material in different ways can actually help you retain the information more!)! Find what works best for you, and don’t be afraid to adapt your study guide to the class you’re studying!

Use Your Own Words

One of the most important things to remember when creating your study guide is to use your own words. Your professor wants to make sure that you understood the concepts seen in class, they don’t want you to just learn your class notes by heart and regurgitate that onto your exam copy! Writing things in your own words also makes it easier for you to study. You’ll understand what you’re studying more if you’re explaining it in your own words.

Use An Easy-To-Study Format

As I mentioned before, a study guide shouldn’t be just a rewritten version of your class notes or textbook. So, try to format it so it’s easy for you to study! Use bullet points, headings and different colors so your brain can retain the information more easily. Don’t use full sentences; instead, try to use keywords or small phrases that are easy to remember. The main objective of a study guide is to facilitate your studying, and formatting your document visually will definitely help you achieve that, especially if you’re a visual learner (like me)! I also find that using bullet points and headings, as well as color-coding, helps me prioritize the information.

Final Thoughts

Study guides are a very effective study method, if done correctly and thoroughly! I suggest taking it everywhere with you so you can study in your free time like during your lunch break, waiting for the bus, or in between classes. The important thing to remember when it comes to studying is that you need to do what works for you . Once you have found your method, stick to it!

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Kimberlee Farr

My favorite way to study from my guides or outlines is hitting the treadmill with a print out. During this I wear my glasses, so when I want to quiz myself really quickly, I will take off my glasses and that way I can’t cheat. 🙂

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How students, teachers, and book clubs can make the most of study guides.

As the name implies, study guides are a great tool for students—but they’re also invaluable teaching devices, book club refreshers, cheat sheets for parents and tutors supporting a student’s learning, and wit-sharpeners for casual readers.

SuperSummary creates literary study guides designed to help all of these audiences develop a deeper understanding of their favorite (or, let’s be honest, least favorite) texts and build invaluable study skills along the way. Even the trickiest assigned reading feels approachable with such a resource at your side. When used the right way, our guides can help you ace your next exam or essay, teach your class like a tenured professor, or lead book club conversations with a cool head.  

You can use them however you please, but if you need a little direction, we’ve created this how-to to help you. 

Benefits of Using a Study Guide

If you’re looking for measurable benefits, like better grades or hours saved, it’s true that study guides provide them. (In fact, 96% of students said our resources helped them get a higher grade, and 97% of teachers said these resources saved them time.)

But many of the benefits aren’t so quantifiable. They also: 

  • Help you understand the information. From As I Lay Dying to Moby Dick , some books are just hard to untangle, but study guides can help you with reading comprehension and identify important literary elements. Even texts you thought you already understood take on new meaning with the help of SuperSummary. 
  • Help you retain the information long-term. Repetition is the greatest tool we have in our memory toolbox. If you need to retain information about a text—say, for a test—it’s a lot more feasible to revisit a guide than an entire source. Doing so will carve a semi-permanent place in your brain for the material you need to know. 
  • Reduce the sheer amount of information you need to learn. War and Peace is over a thousand pages long, but our study guide is just 88 pages. While reading a guide can’t replace reading the full text, it can distill the important information and make it easily accessible, and therefore easily learnable. 
  • Inspire quality discussion in the classroom or book club. We’ve all experienced crickets in the classroom, but study guides can help both students and teachers avoid those awkward, lengthy pauses. If you’re a teacher or book club member, our essay and discussion topics can serve as a launching pad for interesting conversation. Plus, reading the guide will provide insight into literary devices you can bring up to enrich the group’s understanding of the text. If you’re a student, you’ll be able to answer your teacher’s questions and engage thoughtfully in conversation with your classmates.  
  • Help you build confidence. No, study guides won’t help you get to class on time, but they will make you more confident around the content of a work. In fact, 99% of book club readers said our resources made them more confident when discussing the text. With a deeper understanding of the work’s plot, symbols, themes, characters, and context, you’ll feel ready to take the classroom or book club by storm. 

What’s In a SuperSummary Study Guide? 

Our guides are packed with comprehensive summary and rich analysis to help you make the most of any text, whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, book club member, or casual reader. They include: 

  • A detailed Plot Summary presents the entire scope of the text at a glance to establish an understanding of the plot. 
  • Chapter Summaries and Analyses review the literary work section by section, then provide analysis of why that section matters within the trajectory of the plot and its literary elements. 
  • Character Analysis investigates the arcs of major characters and how their storyline influences and impacts the work as a whole. 
  • Analysis of Themes, Motifs, and Symbols clearly identifies important literary elements in the text and traces their development throughout the work and why it matters. 
  • Discussion of Literary Devices establishes both the definition of the device and how it was deployed effectively in the work. 
  • Contextual Analysis provides the reader with a broader understanding of the text in relation to the author’s experience or the time in which it was written. 
  • Important Quotes with explanations relate these big ideas from the overarching narrative back to the text and provide clear context for how different literary elements interact in the work. 
  • Essay Topics provide prompts for teachers, spur thinking in students, and push discussion forward in book clubs. 
  • Further Reading and Analysis inspires readers to think more broadly about the text and the role it plays in literature and culture.  

Study Guide Uses for Students 

Study guides are for studying, of course, but as a student, there are many different ways to make the most of these handy tools. You can use the it to: 

  • Prepare for class discussion. Once you’ve read the work, review your guide for interesting analyses or literary devices to raise in class. 
  • Gather ideas for an analytical essay. It will identify important elements of the text, from character developments to themes, that might spur your own inspiration when identifying potential thesis topics. 
  • Outline your book report or paper. This resource isn’t just an inspiration engine, it can also refresh your memory on elements of the text that could fit into your essay (the Important Quotes section is particularly helpful!). 
  • And, of course, prepare for a test. As you prepare for a test, it can both refresh your memory of the plot line and spur analytical thinking that could be invaluable in the classroom.

How to Use a Study Guide as a Student 

It would be nice if you could just lay your study guide under your pillow and absorb all the information inside, but alas, making the most of a these resources does require a little more effort. Instead, we’d suggest the following: 

Step 1: Read the Source

While some might argue that study guides could replace reading the source text in a pinch, we wouldn’t suggest it. There are nuances, such as tone, dialogue, and syntax, that just can’t be captured outside of the original text. Instead, you should read the source carefully and use the other resources to supplement your reading. 

Think of your study guide like a map. If you’re going for a hike, a map can be a really valuable tool for making the most of it. But without the hike itself, the map won’t deliver much of an experience. Similarly, the study guide can be your map when analyzing a text—but without reading the text itself, you won’t get as much from the additional resources. 

Step 2: Read the Chapter Summaries and Analyses Alongside the Source

As you get to the end of each section, it’s best practice to pause and digest the material you just covered. There are many tactics you can take to do so—such as writing a summary of the chapters or taking notes about the content as you read—but using a guide is particularly helpful. 

With it, you’ll review the text’s important plot points and/or ideas, which helps them stick in your mind. And the guide will cover all of the notable symbols, themes, characters, and motifs within those chapters—many of which you might have missed. By identifying these important literary devices in the previous chapters, you’ll be able to note them in the following chapters, therefore building a more comprehensive perception of the work as a whole. 

Step 3: After Reading the Book, Refresh Your Understanding of the Material

To avoid any spoilers, we wouldn’t suggest reading the guide in full before you finish the text (although some readers like to visit the Essay Topics section before reading in order to raise their awareness of key literary elements before reading). 

Reading a study guide after you finish the text will help you build a birds-eye view of the text as a whole. You’ll develop a better understanding of characters’ roles within the larger narrative, the interplay of symbols, and the context behind the story’s motifs. 

Reviewing it will also serve as a refresher on the content that might have already slipped your mind. The Important Quotes section, for example, will bring you back to key passages and remind you why they mattered. 

Step 4: Note Any Sections of the Study Guide That Stood Out to You

The study guide is rife with inspiration. By marking key passages that caught your attention, you can revisit them and build your own ideas and arguments off of their foundation. 

Some examples of passages you might want to mark include: 

  • Ideas you could turn into an essay
  • Important quotes you missed when you read the work
  • Discussion points you’d like to bring up in class
  • Ideas that you don’t understand and could ask your teacher about
  • Material that might show up on the test 

Step 5: Revisit the Guide as You Prepare for Your Assignment

Whether you have a test tomorrow or an essay due next month, your study guide can help you prepare. Some strategies you could use include: 

  • Use it to write your own study guide (more on that below!)
  • Review it the day before a test
  • Use it to identify essay ideas or strengthen your argument 
  • Review it before class discussion
  • Bring it to class to help you join the discussion with well-formed arguments

How to Make a Study Guide for a Test Using SuperSummary 

While our guides are top-notch, a popular—and effective—study tactic is to write your own study guide. This allows you to organize information in a way that makes the most sense to you, and the act of writing itself is a helpful exercise. 

To make your own study guide using SuperSummary, you should: 

  • Read our resource in full 
  • Note any important elements of the plot, as well as key ideas and literary devices
  • Rewrite those plot points, ideas, etcetera in your own words
  • Use the resource you create your own practice test
  • Ace the exam! 

Study Guide Uses for Teachers

Our content a great resource for teachers as you prepare for class, creating and grading assignments, and testing. Many of our guides, like this one for Romeo & Juliet , even include auxiliary teaching materials. 

Study guides can be used as supplemental teacher materials or as a primary basis for literature study in order to help teachers: 

  • Lesson plan. Connections to the work’s primary themes are noted throughout, building a comprehensive view of the text so that you can adapt it to your lesson plans. 
  • Engage students with the text. Before beginning the assignment, use the guide to prepare students with pre-reading questions and warm-up prompts.
  • Promote analysis. As you progress through the text, use the analysis or essay topics to inspire students with free-writing or discussion. 
  • Build worksheets. Analysis of key literary elements, including characters, themes, symbols, and plot, help you think critically about the text so you can translate that thinking into assignments for your students. 
  • Assess knowledge and comprehension. Whether you utilize the provided quizzes or essay topics, or use the analysis to inspire your own question, the guide can serve as a great foundation for quizzes and tests.  
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding and enjoyment of literature. With activities for all learning types, including optional character, theme, and other worksheets, our guides are adaptive tools to help teachers engage with all of their students.

How to Use a Study Guide as a Teacher 

As you prepare your lesson plan for a literary work, it can be helpful to have a structured template for understanding all of the material. Enter: the study guide. Here’s how we’d suggest making the most of it in the classroom. 

Step 1: Read the Book

You probably already know that there’s no substitute for reading the text itself. There are details—including important literary devices you’ll want to share with your students—that you’ll completely miss if you don’t read the text. That said, if you’re planning a lesson on a text you teach year after year, the guide can serve as a helpful refresher between readings. But we still wouldn’t recommend going more than one school year without reading the text (again, the details matter!). 

Step 2: Use the Guide to Supplement Your Reading

As a teacher, you probably know how helpful it is to pause at certain points while reading to review the material you just covered. Using a study guide can make these check-ins even more valuable. 

As you wrap up reading each section, switch gears and review the corresponding chapter summary and analysis. Doing so will highlight important plot points or ideas from the section that you need to remember. Plus, reviewing the important themes and symbols mid-read will help you identify them as they appear in the rest of the text, meaning you’ll develop a richer understanding of the work as a whole.

As you read the text, inspiration will strike. Be sure to keep a pen and paper or note-taking app at the ready so you can jot down discussion points or test questions you could ask your students, as well as any other ideas you might have. 

Step 3: Read the Full Guide After Finishing the Work

Once you finish the text, turn your attention to the study guide. By reading the book, you’ve already established a foundational understanding of it—the plot, characters, and even some symbols and themes. But reading the study guide takes that basic understanding and makes it richly multidimensional. 

Each section of the resource will serve its own purpose in deepening your understanding of the text: 

  • The summary will serve as a refresh on the important plot points
  • The analysis sections, especially themes, symbols, and motifs , can serve as foundation for helping your class understand the larger scope of the work 
  • Important quotes will help you pull out important sections of the text to present to your students
  • Essay topics can serve as prompts for writing assignments or even class discussions. 

As you read it, highlight the ideas and arguments that feel most significant or relevant to you, especially anything that might connect to other texts on the syllabus. 

Step 4: Use the Study Guide in the Classroom

Leading discussion is both one of the most productive and one of the most difficult teaching methods. Talking about the text helps students develop their understanding of it, as well as their critical thinking and debate skills. But actually getting them to start talking can be a challenge.

When you bring your guide into the classroom, you have a whole list of curated essay topics you can use to launch conversations. The other sections can be helpful too: 

  • Use the Character Analysis to discuss character arcs and motives.
  • Utilize the Literary Devices section to teach larger lessons about these elements.
  • Similarly, the Symbols, Motifs, and Themes sections can prompt deeper analysis on the part of your students when you ask a question or point them out in the text.
  • Use the Important Quotes to return class discussion to the text.   

Step 5: Revisit the Study Guide When Preparing or Grading Assignments

When it comes time to craft your exam or grade an essay, it can feel difficult to think of new ideas or even remember the details of the text. It can even act as a rubric. 

Use it to: 

  • Refresh your memory of the text
  • Brainstorm test questions
  • Help students identify essay topics
  • Validate a student’s idea or answer 

Study Guide Uses for Book Clubs

Just because it’s called a “study guide” doesn’t mean it’s only useful in the classroom. These are great tools for casual readers and book club members, too, prompting analytical and critical thinking about a text that makes you a stronger reader (and thinker). 

When preparing for book club, use this resource to: 

  • Refresh your memory of the text. If you’re a quick reader who finished the book weeks before book club, or a slower reader who can’t quite remember the beginning of the book, it serves as a quick refresh before you meet. 
  • Deepen your understanding of the book. If there were concepts you couldn’t quite grasp or plot points that seemed out of place, it can clear up any confusion. 
  • Prompt discussion. The essay topics at the end of our guides make great discussions questions! You can also mark interesting ideas throughout to bring up with your fellow book clubbers. 

How to Use a Study Guide for Book Club

If you’re a member of a book club (or even if you’re just reading a text for fun), using a guide can deepen your understanding of the text and give you the tools to share your ideas with others. 

To prepare for book club, we’d suggest: 

The hardest part of book club is also the reason for book club. But you can’t really understand, or engage in conversation about, the work without reading it. 

Step 2: Read the Chapter Summaries As You Go

You won’t want to read the guide in full before you’ve finished the book (no spoilers, please!), but you could supplement your reading with the chapter summaries and analysis. The chapter summaries are broken into sensical chunks. As you get to the end of each section or chapter, read the corresponding chapter summary and analysis. 

Doing so will highlight key plot points and deepen your understanding of what you’ve read by pointing out important themes and symbols. You can then apply this newfound knowledge to the rest of your reading. 

Step 3: After Finishing the Book, Finish the Study Guide

Now you can read the full guide. By doing so, you’ll develop an even deeper understanding of the work, its literary devices, and the author’s intentions. As you read it, be sure to mark any passages or ideas that stick out to you. These can serve as great fodder for conversation during book club. 

Step 4: Bring the Study Guide to Book Club 

Your guide is your cheat sheet for a successful book club. Here’s how you can use it: 

  • Bring up any question you had about ideas presented in the resource
  • Use the essay topics for discussion
  • Talk about any symbols or themes you found interesting
  • If there’s anything you disagree with, ask your fellow book clubbers for their thoughts 

Step 5: Return to SuperSummary for Your Next Book Club Pick

Sure, they’re helpful in the moment, but our large library of guides can also help you pick your next read. Check out our Collections to find other works like your last read or something totally different. If you find a work you’re interested in, you know there will be a corresponding guide to help you make the most of it. 

Our collections include: 

  • Celebrity book club picks . If your club’s preferences align with a celebrity’s, these collections can help you identify books you’ll all like.
  • Best sellers and award winners, so you can keep up with trends in the book world. 
  • Genre categories , so you can deepen your understanding about a genre, author, or kind of text. 
  • Collections by themes and topics if you want to explore a new subject or align with holidays or awareness months. 
  • Curriculum, which is helpful for both teachers or parents organizing book clubs for their children. 

Using SuperSummary to Supplement Your Reading

No matter your role, SuperSummary can be your go-to resource for better understanding the texts you read. In addition to our expansive library of expert-written study guides, we also provide a large library of learning content to supplement every reader's experience. 

Check out our articles, such as: 

  • “Antiracist Reads for Everyone,” to learn how to engage meaningfully in cultural discussion and change through literary texts. 
  • “Ultimate Fiction Writing Guide,” to strengthen your own writing skills. 
  • Genre Resources, such as Crime & Mystery and Science Fiction & Fantasy , to better understand the context of your favorite kinds of books. 
  • Homework help, from “How to Write a Summary” to our “Grammar Education Resource Guide.”

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  16. How To Create A College Study Guide

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  17. Study Guide Creator

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  18. How to Use a Study Guide

    Step 5: Revisit the Guide as You Prepare for Your Assignment. Whether you have a test tomorrow or an essay due next month, your study guide can help you prepare. Some strategies you could use include: Use it to write your own study guide (more on that below!) Review it the day before a test; Use it to identify essay ideas or strengthen your ...

  19. Create a New Study Set

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  22. Create a Study Plan

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  23. Free Online Quiz Maker

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