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Study tips we provide to better assist you study with Problem Roulette and in online classes.

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Study Tips for Problem Roulette

Four study strategies stand out as the best: spacing (not cramming), interleaving (alternating topics when you study), testing yourself, and discussing material with others— and Problem Roulette can help you use them all.

1. Spacing out your studying (avoid cramming)

People know cramming is bad, but they still do it, probably for reasons related to time management, organization, or motivation. If you're interested, explore your own reasons and learn some new strategies. Or watch this video on why spacing is important.

Here’s how Problem Roulette can help you avoid cramming:

Schedule study times

Consider one of these, depending on what works best for you:

  • Set up 3 or more time blocks in your calendar each week to study topics in Problem Roulette.

  • Mentally assign free blocks for review—like “I’ll review Chem during my free afternoon block on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.”

Review often at first and then spread it out

2. Alternate topics when you study (a.k.a interleaving)

Alternating topics when you study helps you get better at choosing the right strategy to solve problems and see connections between concepts. (Note : we’re NOT talking about multitasking!) Check out this video on why interleaving is important.

Two Examples of interleaving

  • Instead of studying for physics for 3 hours straight, study for physics for 1 hour, do chemistry homework for an hour, and then go back to physics studying.

  • Say you have a stats test coming up. Practice probability, then switch to sample mean, then go back to probability.

Here's how Problem Roulette can help you interleave

Choose multiple topics when you study in Problem Roulette (usually)

  • There may be times when you want to study one topic—like when you’re first learning it or if it's one you’re struggling with.

  • But most of the time, you'll want to choose more than one topic when you study and Problem Roulette will randomly give you questions from the topics you choose.

Try not to skip questions

Give each question a try especially if it's something you're not as good at. The exception is any question you haven't or won't cover it in class.

Track your analytics

PR will keep track of your accuracy for each topic. That way, you'll know what you need to practice more.

You don't have to give every topic equal time

  • It’s ok to spend more time on material that you think you’re most likely to forget.

  • It’s also good to spend more time on topics that you’ll have to use over and over throughout the term.

3. Test yourself

Learning feels like exercise for your brain. If it doesn't feel like hard work, chances are you're not learning. Read more about testing yourself or test anxiety. Watch this video about why testing yourself is important.

Here's how Problem Roulette can help you test yourself

Use Study Mode while you’re learning or reviewing content.

It’s low stress—no points, no social pressure, and no time constraints. Study mode still counts as "testing yourself" (even though it's not an exam) because you'll practice recalling information as you would for an exam.

Use Exam Mode to see if you’re ready for an exam.

We suggest something like this:

  • Diagnose: Two weeks or so before an exam, take a practice test to see how each topic feels. Consider it a diagnosis of what you need to study more.

  • Review your weaker topics

  • Verify: After you've reviewed your weaker topics again, take another practice exam to make sure you're ready for the real thing.

Take practice exams like they’re real

  • Use only the resources you're allowed on the real exam and nothing more.

  • Make your practice exam match the real exam in terms of the topics it covers, the numbers of questions in each topic, and the time you'll have to take it.

  • Turn off other distractions.

  • Keep scratch paper nearby while you work through the problems.

4. Discuss with others

When you can explain something to someone else, it means you really understand it. Problem Roulette helps you do just that.

Here's how Problem Roulette can help you test yourself

Choose “Group”

Choose “Group” when you start a study session in Study Mode and invite people to study with you.

Work at your own pace

Problem Roulette waits until everyone has answered, but try not to let this rush you. Everyone needs to work the problems out for themselves, and allowing time for this will lead to valuable discussions. Consider setting this as a group norm.

Discuss after each problem

Once everyone answers, discuss your approaches. If you're not together in person, you can discuss over a video call (like Zoom) or using the chat feature in Problem Roulette.

Study Tips for Online Classes

Explore the articles and resources below.

Congratulations! You've reviewed all the study tips! Now it's time to practice.

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