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A cheat sheet basically is an allowed reference sheet and a
This sheet isn’t for cheating at all. Rather it is a reference sheet that the teachers sometimes allow students to use during tests. They are rather very handy to jot down the memory and help the students to get through their exams.
Cheat sheets are concentrated versions of the class notes. The regular class notes detail everything and the information is more general. On the other hand, a cheat sheet will include only the Most Important information. More clearly, the cheat sheet has the information that is pulled out from the class notes.
The process of creating a cheat sheet enables the students to learn material the same way as they are taught. Every time they add or remove items from the cheat sheet, they think and recall the material, and every time they think, they process a little more – which is nothing but learning !
Once the cheat sheet is done, the students need to know how to use it. As they create the cheat sheet over time, the students would find that it proves to be more and more useful.
The students can use a variety of tricks to create a cheat sheet -writing small, abbreviating the words, using colour-codes, breaking the topics in clear sections- that will help the students ace the test.
Before creating the cheat sheet, the student needs to go over the study notes to know what would be needed to prepare for the test. While reviewing, he needs to make a list of all the information needed. If there was a review class conducted on that topic, focus should be on that review to add to the list.
Due to space constraints, the student should make use of all the room he has on hand. So if there is information he already knows, he should cross that on his list and use that space for something else. For example, when creating a trigonometry cheat sheet, if the student already knows his quotient rule and reciprocal rule. He can strike that out.
Finally, after reviewing the sections of the topic, the student needs to make a final list of what is required to create the cheat sheet
Once the student has identified the information required to create the cheat sheet, he should group together similar pieces of information and then make different categories for the information.
For example, on a trigonometry cheat sheet, students may have two different categories – simplifying trigonometric expressions and solving the trigonometric equations. The indices rule will fall under the simplifying category and the various trigonometric formulas will come under the solving the trigonometric equations.
The steps to actually construct the cheat sheet are
If the teacher has a set of strict rules on how the student should create the cheat sheet, then the student must adhere to the rules – using both sides or one side of the cheat sheet, size of the cheat sheet, using an index card, type or handwritten. The student needs to double check with his teacher for all these details
The student can break down the cheat sheet into columns and sections so that he can easily skim through the sheet after it is created
The student should not write every work in the class notes onto the cheat sheet. He should work on using short words, phrases, and abbreviations on the cheat sheet to save the available space and use it effectively. Also, he would not spend much time going through the cheat sheet in the actual test.
For example, in mathematics, most of the information would be needed are the different formulae and when to use them and so the information can be formulae itself and a few words on how and where to use them.
The student can use a smaller version of writing, though big enough to make it easily comprehensible. Using an extra fine ball point will do the trick. The student should avoid gel pens or any other pens that bleed and can smudge the paper. If the teacher asks for a typed version, then using a smaller font can fit in more information.
The student can keep track of sections by using different colour codes
For example, while preparing the trigonometry cheat sheet, the rules can be of one colour and the working of the rules or examples can be of a different colour
This is another way of making the cheat sheet neater and more comprehensible.
While creating the cheat sheet, it is advisable to keep a small space reserved for some information to add later,
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