calendar-icon Jun 12, 2023

Post By Joshua C

The 'Pop-Quiz' Study Method

Like so many great ideas, the 'pop-quiz study method' is genius in its simplicity and obvious in hindsight. 

The Method

The idea is very simple: As you read/study from a textbook, turn all the dense and waffly and heavy text into a 'rolling pop-quiz'. 

Otherwise said: Make up questions based on what is written and write your own answers to them with help from the textbook.


This is the beginning of an example I made using the AQA 9-1 Physics GCSE textbook: 

1. What is the formula and what is the interpretation of work done?
→ Work done (J) = Force (N) x distance moved in direction of force (m). Work done is the energy transferred from one form to another ⇒ avoid saying when a force puts energy into movement → not incorrect but implies that it can only be transferred to GPE which is NOT true.
2. What is the law of conservation of energy?
→ Energy cannot be created or destroyed only transferred from one form to another
3. Give me two classic examples of resistive forces (forces that oppose motion).
→ Friction, Air Resistance

The Benefits

  1. You revise actively rather than passively when reading the textbook.
  2. You force yourself to extract useful information only.
  3. You compile a sensational list of questions to revise from—in a 'look-cover-check style', later on.
  4. You begin to second-guess the kind of questions that can be asked in an exam.




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