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Ace Your Midterms
Pt.2: Study Pointers for Artisans
By The College Advisor

Artisans often have mixed feelings about schooling. They want some excitement and fun; if classes are too constraining they see them as a bore. Here's a few tips for each type of Artisan to help you do your best in your midterms.

Kirk loved the freedom he experienced when being able to go away to school, but his first semester grades were a shock to both him and his family. He asked for advice. Here are tips for the Promoter: When possible, it can be useful for Promoters to study with friends. They will learn more if they can talk the ideas out. They can: 1) have a competition to see who can answer the questions the best and the fastest 2) try making a sales pitch out of the material or 3) convince someone why they should care about this material. When Promoters use their persuasive skills with the material, they find the material sticks better in their minds.

Donna, a Crafter, wanted to go into medicine. She thought she'd like to be a surgeon, but memorizing things for chemistry seemed to be her nemesis. What to do? When Crafters study for a test or a quiz, they can improve their scores by using their whole body when learning difficult material. One Crafter associated the steps in a formula with the moves in a martial arts form. The familiarity with the form helped him make the formula real. It's best to "over-study". Crafters can think they have mastered more material than they really have. Even another ten minutes of studying can make the difference between understanding the basic outline to really getting the information firmly in the mind.

Maylene, a Performer, was studying music and was quite successful, but she still had to take required classes in order to graduate. She needed help. Tips for Performers: It's good for Performers to study with friends. They will learn more if they can talk the ideas out. They can have others quiz them. A good technique to use is to alternate giving the answers out loud and writing them down because Performers need to become fluent in both methods. If they are learning new material, it's useful for them to act out the material. The more they can get action in their bodies and words in their mouths to connect with the material they need to learn, the faster and better they will learn it. Once Performers are sure they understand the material, they can try writing the part they know the best. A good tactic for the Performer is to act first, write second. This tactic improves their ability to write and they will do better on essay questions.

Charleston wanted a career in graphic arts. His Achilles heel was math. He got help from the tutoring center. He also got tips on different ways to study: Composers need to have private and social time to study. When they study by themselves, they usually choose a place where they can enjoy the environment. This includes studying outdoors. Since Composers remember new knowledge when they connect it to action, a good tactic is to study while taking a walk or shooting some hoops. That way, when taking the test, they can remember what they were seeing, hearing, and/or doing while they studied each concept or fact. They can listen to music and remember facts by associating them with particular lyrics or parts of the music. They will benefit from having social time to study. Being able to talk about what they have learned will help them remember the material when it's time to take the test.

There is no perfect way to study that fits all types. This series of articles includes midterm studying tips for


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