“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”―Winston Churchill
“A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.”―Mary Shelley
Just re-reading or re-reading & re-writing notes is an ineffective way to study. Neuroscience shows that it’s essentially a waste of your time. Here are some more effective study techniques:
- Do practice problems (either IXL or the non-IXL).
- Practice using the skill. That might mean forming sentences with vocabulary words or writing sentences with the relevant grammatical component (e.g. a sentence with an introductory prepositional phrase).
- Practice sample ACT problems (e.g. Google ‘semicolon ACT practice questions’)
- Relearn the topic in a different way (e.g. an online resource linked to on my Materials page). Compare to your notes for reference.
- Make your own study guide, with all the material & examples summarized for easy review. Many consider making a study guide to be one of the best ways to study.
- 12–J.1: Join sentences with semicolons, colons, and commas
- 12–O.3: Choose punctuation to avoid fragments and run-ons
- 10–Q.1: Identify active and passive voice
- 12–Q.3: Identify infinitives and infinitive phrases
- 12–Q.1: Identify participles and what they modify
- 12–P.1: Is it a phrase or a clause?
- 12–P.3: Identify appositives and appositive phrases
- 12–I.2: Commas with nonrestrictive elements
- 12–I.1: What does the punctuation suggest?
- 11–T.4: Identifying linking verbs, predicate adjectives, and predicate nouns
- 8–O.1: Distinguishing direct objects from indirect objects
- 11–T.3: Distinguishing transitive from intransitive verb
- 8–DD.2: Simple past, present, and future tense: review
- 8–DD.1: Irregular past tense: review
- 6–CC.3: Choose between past tense and past participle
- 11–T.2: Form perfect verb tenses
- 11–T.1: Form progressive verb tenses
- 11–T.5: Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
- 6–PP.1: Identify coordinating conjunctions
- 6–PP.2: Use coordinating conjunctions
- 6–QQ.1: Identify subordinating conjunctions
- 10–S.3: Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
- 11–W.8: Remove redundant words or phrases
- 10–Q.2: Rewrite the sentence using active voice
- 11–E.2: Use words accurately and precisely
- 12-C.4: Compare passages for tone
- 12-C.1: Identify audience and purpose
- 12-W.1: Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
- 12-B.5: Transition logically between claims, evidence, analysis, and counterclaims
- 12-C.5: Compare passages for subjective and objective tone
- 12-C.6: Which text is most formal?
- 12-A.1: Order topics from broadest to narrowest
- 12-A.2: Identify thesis statement
- 12-A.3: Organize information by main idea
- 12-A.4: Choose the topic sentence that best captures the main idea
- Commas splices & fused sentences
- Irregular verbs
- Parallel structure
- Misplaced & dangling modifiers
- Pronoun agreement (using the correct pronoun for singular vs. plural nouns)
- Pronoun case (i.e. objective vs. subjective. vs. possessive)
- Pronoun reference
- Subject-verb agreement
- Word choice
See the Vocabulary section of my Materials page.