Yet, as I watched (and listened) as my grad students (a heartbeat from being certified teachers) review for a big test, I noticed similar study styles and techniques. I asked them how they found their own "way" of studying. They really didn't know. I thought about my own studying.....like for those tricky, even though they are "open book" Google Educator tests I am taking. It got me thinking about studying....and study skills...and how we teach them!
Why not a Breakfast Study Club? http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev064.shtml
Some resources from Michigan State http://fod.msu.edu/oir/teaching-students-study-skillshow-learn
For creative ideas, go to Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/explore/teaching-study-skills/
Some great models from Teachnology http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/lang_arts/studyskills/
Back to my grad students. They asked if they could use a page of notes for the final which included some formula and lots of details about assessment in Special Education. I agreed thinking that at least they were reviewing and the time spent creating such a document would be valuable study time.
They results were impressive and TINY fonts each student's page. While I haven't published a scientific study to "prove" this hypothesis, my action research (based on students' grades on their final) suggests that the act of creating a study guide is a good way to master content and facts.
As for me and my own studying for that pending Google Test, I've got the study guides ready this time. I know (from experinece) that in spite of the open Google world format, no amount of internet searching will get me a passing grade without some preparation. .