How to Create a Study Guide

How to Create a Study Guide

During the course of any class, you will be required to process a great deal of information. Whether organizing notes taken in a lecture, or summarizing a chapter in a book, you will need an effective way to learn the concepts and remember them, since your knowledge of the subject will most likely be tested. Creating a Study Guide is an ideal way to record and organize all of the information and prepare you for a test or exam. Study Guides are a proven methodology that will help you outline and remember the important pieces of information. As you create your study guide, you are reinforcing the concepts which will aid in memory recall.

Create an effective study guide with WebspirationPRO

To create an effective study guide:

  • Identify key points from your notes taken during class, and make a list.
  • If there are any vocabulary terms you need to know and remember, write them down, along with the definition.
  • During or after reading one chapter, use your own words and add key concepts from the chapter. A key concept is a principal or important fact, main idea, statistic, etc. Each heading or paragraph typically contains a key concept.
  • Create a visual representation or outline to better organize your information and retain the material learned in class or from assigned reading.
  • Combine notes taken in class with your chapter summaries and add any additional content from the class, such as lab notes, field trips, etc.
  • Think of questions to ask yourself and add the answers to your study guide.
  • Review your study guide frequently in a quiet environment so that your whole focus is on remembering and reflecting upon the material.

To create a study guide in WebspirationPRO:

1. Click the Templates/Examples button on the WebspirationPRO Starter screen and open the Study Guide template.  You can start in Diagram or Outline View, whichever you are most comfortable with.

Create an effective study guide with WebspirationPRO
Use the Study Guide template to quickly outline key concepts in a chapter or unit.


2. Create a subtopic for each new vocabulary word under the Vocabulary topic. Click the Note button to add a note and write out the definition of the word.
3. In your own words, summarize the chapter in a note under the Summary subtopic.
4. Add key concepts from the chapter as subtopics to the Textbook topic.
5. Transfer class notes from your notebook into the Study Guide. Or, if you have a laptop and Internet access, you can record your notes in class directly into WebspirationPRO.
6. Engage both your right and left brain by using symbols and words. This helps increase understanding and retention.
7. Use hyperlinks to link to web sources.
8. Link multiple documents together to help you better manage a large Study Guide. 
9. If you are part of a study group, you can invite all of the members of your group to collaborate on your Study Guide by clicking the Invite tool.
10. Collapse and expand subtopics as you study them and test yourself.
11. After receiving your graded quiz, add the questions to the Study Guide topic. Use additional notes to record answers. 

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