You know that you need to study for your Canadian Citizenship Test, but how do you make the most of those precious hours? Here are some tips on how to study, retain information, and be completely prepared to pass.
Protect Your Space
In order to concentrate, you need to take over a quiet space and keep the rest of your life on the other side of the door.
Protect your space and your time from being taken over by other people when you are studying.
Limit Your Time
After an hour of studying, your brain begins to reject new information.
Study in blocks of no more than 60 minutes, and do something active in between sessions if you are going to study for more than one hour in the same day.
Manage Your Time
It takes a few minutes for your brain to focus and adjust to studying, so start by reviewing information that you have studied before.
After fifteen minutes of review, you are ready to look at new material for the next 40 minutes.
Spend the last 5 minutes with your eyes closed, just thinking about what you have learned.
Stop and Think
Every time you learn something new, stop and think about it.
Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949.
What else was happening at that time? Where were your parents living just after World War II?
Think of anything that will help you link that date to something in your life. That’s how you’ll remember it.
Look for Meaning, Not Facts
Remember, the Canadian Citizenship Test is multiple choice.
If you just try to remember facts, having four answers to choose from can be confusing.
Look for the meaning behind the facts when you are studying to make finding the answer much easier.
The Metis are descended from First Nations peoples and early European settlers.
Understanding that they are a particular cultural group will stop you being fooled by answers that mention geography or occupations.
Study with a Map
Always make sure you have a detailed map of the country on your desk when you are studying for your Canadian Citizenship Test.
Every time the study guide mentions a region, province, territory or city, look at it on the map.
Stopping to find where something is located, every time, will help you remember much more effectively than just reading about it.
Talk About What You’ve Learned
After every study session, talk to your family or friends about what you’ve learned that day. If you tell them about the war of 1812, and about how Canada pushed the Americans back to their side of the border, you are much more likely to remember it if it shows up on the test.
You are learning the stories of Canada – tell them to your children!
Effective studying is all about being organized.
Do a little bit each day.
Take the time to review what you learned the day before.
Stop to think about what you are learning, and share your new knowledge with others.
These simple tips are the foundation of success in the Canadian Citizenship Test.