Study Guide 101

Learning how to make effective study guides
can really help you achieve a better grade and prepare you for future tests and exams. But what is a study guide? A study guide is mainly a document where you
write everything you need to know for you evaluation, point for point, in the most condensed
way possible. It is similar to an outline in that way that
it’s meant to be a quick guide to solve any questions related to your material, a
light set of pages that you can tuck in your backpack and use to revise for your test if
you commute for school or before going to bed. So what do you need to create your own study
guide? Simply grab the most complete source of information
you have for the specific material you need to learn and stick with that source only. In my case, it’s my law textbooks. Afterwards, you just need a pen and a piece
of paper. Generally I will create a study guide for
each chapter on my textbook and my goal is to keep each guide to a maximum of two pages,
so I have a sheet of paper for each chapter. If you procrastinated and left all of your
studying for the end of the term or semester, it is also possible to create all study guides
out of a textbook in a few days but your laziness will not be worth the effort. I advise you to start as soon as you can,
because in that way you can study during the semester and have all of your preparatory
material ready for finals week as soon as it arrives. Normally, I will read my textbook before class
so I am aware of the topics that we will be addressing and one of the best ways to prepare
myself better is to read the lectured lessons in my textbook. As I do so, I highlight any relevant information
I can find – and that means highlighting only 5 or 10 percent of that page and mainly
keywords. There are tons of information in textbooks
that will be totally irrelevant for your studying, like page references, overly repetitive information,
and self-explanatory material. Your goal is to really force your way through
the textbook and see what is actually new or interesting and what you think you won’t
remember just by logical thinking. This takes a bit of practice but as you experiment
with different textbooks and different ways to highlight information you will be surprised
at the amount of unnecessary words they just throw at you and force you to memorize, although
you don’t really need to. When you finish reading a chapter just look
at the highlighted information you have in front of you. Your goal now is to use bullet journaling
principles to write your study guide. By bullet journal principles I mean, using
a bullet form to write sentences and connect information, use the simplest phrasing and
vocabulary you can find and break down bigger paragraphs, sentences and ideas to smaller
chunks of information. Keep colors to a minimum, using a very simple
color code (if any) and don’t worry about cramping information – that’s the point
of a study guide, a document with condensed material, one or two pages that you trust
to contain all you need to learn for your test. Also, if you need to, don’t hesitate to
use symbols to identify examples or definitions. The more concise, the better. After that, you are done! I hope you’ve enjoyed this video! Don’t forget to subscribe and I will see
you next week. Bye!


  1. Sofia Usan

    February 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I've been looking for a video like this for ages, THANK YOU I LOVE YOU

  2. Sunil Kumar Sareen

    February 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    is so helpful thnx for advice love ur handwriting 😍😘❤💯

  3. Adella G

    February 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    💓 Excellent tips! Thank you!

  4. WaysToStudy

    February 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Lovely video, Mariana! ✨✨

  5. Mariana Duque

    February 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Olá Mariana! As Stabilo Pastel estão à venda em Portugal? Beijinhos

  6. Syidah Yusri

    February 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    As always, your video is inspiring and helpful😆 i'm excited to try this once my new sem starts😁 thank u for the great video😊

  7. Amandine C

    February 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hey! I recently found out your channel. I really like your videos and it makes me really happy to see that I'm not the only one who like organization. Your videos relax me and truly inspire me for my own organization in college. I honestly think that it made my studies more effective. Thank you!! ^^

  8. Shania Peters

    February 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for this

  9. valeb410

    February 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Please do some study with me videos!! Thanks!

  10. BalletShark0101

    February 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry if you've answered this before, but what highlighters do you use? The colors are lovely

  11. Douglas Barbosa

    February 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Olá! Aonde posso conseguir essas papéis cheios de quadradinhos? Novo no canal e estou adorando todos os videos!

  12. Shaina Ramos

    February 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Your accent is my favourite.

  13. Jon Cruz

    February 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Love your loose papers

  14. Sarah Mendes

    February 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm


  15. Zubi Khan

    February 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I love you tips its help me a lot when I m ready to study!

  16. Sadia Begum

    February 17, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    how many hours do you study everyday?

  17. Sadia Begum

    February 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I love your videos!!

  18. Baterdene Nomin

    February 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Mariana! hi! Thank you for your videos! i really love them!
    Can you consider doing video series related to your major: LAW? My major is international private law and i would really love to know what your experience was like! Im guessing it might be really time consuming and as a law student i know that free time is a luxury. But if you do consider that or have been thinking about it can you at least answer to this message regarding your thoughts on it? Thank you very much!

  19. Baterdene Nomin

    February 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Also can you pleaaase pleaase recommend good internet sources to learn international private law? anything: lectures, videos, books maybe? thank you sooo much!

  20. laura bogert

    February 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    have you tried the frixion erasable pens I love them

  21. Fatima Ali

    February 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Does anyone have any advice?

    Personally, I find making notes really helpful and I know I'm not revising properly if I'm not making notes but I never get time to make them because my homework takes too long and end up leaving my revision last minute. How do you do homework and do notes??

  22. Nancy Enri.

    February 17, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Loved your video! Where do you get your squared pages that you used for your study guide?

  23. T111

    February 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm


  24. Fatima Kamran

    February 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    What pen would you recommend to write a 3 hours exam consisting of only essay questions?

  25. Paulo César Alvarenga Alvarenga

    February 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi teacher, your are a wonderful instructor, I'm proud of you !!!

  26. ash

    February 17, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this video – this will be helpful for my GCSEs! 🙂

  27. crazy serb x

    February 17, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Are you maybe WaysToStudy's sister ..? x')

  28. fuad deak

    February 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I like the way you say bye 👋

  29. Victoria Schmidt

    February 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    no entiendo nada, pero amo tus vídeos haha

  30. xEmpty.Abyssx

    February 18, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Why are those grid notebooks so hard to find?
    Anyone have a link?

  31. jayjay

    February 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Where is that paper from

  32. Ghina Rozan

    February 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

    i do this all time, and it always work. i'm using very minimal color to hel me find the keyword i also use mind map, it's just easy for me to study

  33. A-Disappointed-Sigh

    February 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    It's harder to do that with science based material. Because there's so many terms and relationships. Any tips for that?

  34. SwedishTourist

    February 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Look I'm already ambitious but I definitely dont put this much effort into my studies. But now I almost (note the word almost!!) want to do things this way.😅

    But nah, I'll do it a little less careful, as long as I can still learn my job and be passionate about design

  35. Alexis Simmons

    February 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I love your videos! I study business and Spanish in America. I use your study tips and now I'll use your tips for a study guide for my next exam.

  36. Araceli Luna

    February 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Hi! I wanted to ask where you got your gold and silver bic pens 🙂 thank you in advance!

  37. Josh Alexander

    February 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I know in other videos you"ve told people what paper you use for your handwritten work but I just can't find it😭 My question is what store you can get it from and what is the exact name of the paper 0:14 thanks

  38. Tori Anna Wright

    February 19, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I'm LOVING your videos!!! Where do you purchase your color-edged paper?

  39. Alex Rules

    February 19, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I'm in fifth grade and I still use your tips

  40. Albeit

    February 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

    But what if you don't have a book for that class?

  41. narinder sharma

    February 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    wow you are great can u pls make a video on how to study social studies
    your best ever follower

  42. narinder sharma

    February 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm


  43. Bianca Neuweiler

    February 20, 2017 at 2:04 am

    watches all these studying videos instead of studying.. 😅😅

  44. DandasLife

    February 20, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Thank you! Such calmimg and helpful video!:)

  45. Mariana's Study Corner

    February 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Guys, I see you are struggling in the comments section to find my refill paper with colored edges, so here it is:
    or here:

  46. From SunShine to excelence

    February 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I hope I can sit with you at least one hour and teach me how to be as organized as you are 🙁

  47. 오스칼오스칼

    February 21, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Hola mariana, ¿podrías mostrarnos un ejemplo de una de tus guías de estudio?


  48. Abbeyangie a

    February 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I love your accent 🙂

  49. Jullyane Ivo

    February 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    e um pouco engraçado, o vídeo ser em inglês e o material em português! heheehe adoroo seus videos 😀

  50. willy wonka

    February 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Os teus marcadores são fluorescentes? Se não podes me dizer quais são? Obrigada!

  51. Jehosheba K

    February 22, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Hi. Could you do a video on how to learn a new language? Your videos are always helpful.

  52. Christine Nelson

    February 23, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I have a hard time figuring out what information is the most important and the most relevant. How do you work on that?

  53. filmsbynix

    February 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    im a law student as well and started typing my notes in my first year, I really love your videos as it motivates me and its even better than you study law its like extra inspiration for me xx

  54. AllergicRants

    February 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Dude, I love how organised you are, your notes, how you prepare in advance and all that stuff, but do you have time for anything else?
    Anyway, lovely videos.
    Saúdos dunha galega en Alemaña =)

  55. J Dayal

    February 24, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I really appreciate how you condense the most important information in a short span of time! I am pretty inspired by you. You helped me organize! Thanks. And what you present in the videos can only be the reflection of your deeper self. Heart of gold! . Hehe. God bless u 🙂

  56. Zahabiya Tawawala

    February 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

    hey Mariana I am a great fan you and of your videos.they are so helpful to me

  57. A. V.

    February 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Mariana, I Love your Videos so much! I habe a question: Where do get your Papier with The colored Border? I Love it so much!

  58. Tata Santec

    February 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Resumos são vidaaaa

  59. Marisabel Sanchez

    February 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Hey! I love your videos and your accent! Could you do a video on different ways to annotate a book? Not a textbook, but a novel or literary work.

  60. Bruna Caldas da Costa

    March 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Mariana tu fala português também mulher? virei sua fãzinha depois do vídeo de hacks do bullet journal

  61. Frances Tan

    March 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Hi, may i know where did u get/buy your grid paper from?

  62. fang yi

    March 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    wow I always highlight about 90% of the whole page…

  63. Bruno Amaral - Pediatra

    March 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Você é brasileira?! Ótimos vídeos! parabéns!

  64. World Of Many Places

    March 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Ia comentar em inglês mas para variar, uma das minhas youtubers preferidas és tu e falas português! Admiro-te por estudares Direito, estou no 11°ano e ouvi dizer que Direito é muito difícil e exigente. Admiro também a tua capacidade de te organizares, estudares como também a tua capacidade de te manteres motivada. Atualmente, tenho muita dificuldade em encontrar motivação, a matéria é tão difícil e só estou no 11°ano… não me deveria de estar a queixar, eu sei. Este ano tenho exames de Biologia e Geologia e Física e Química e eu vejo os vídeos para encontrar motivação para estudar Biologia porque Física e Química é altamente. Fico feliz por ver uma portuguesa a singrar no mundo do youtube. O teu inglês é muito bom, se bem que da primeira vez que ouvi o teu vídeo soube logo que eras portuguesa por causa da pronúncia. Wish you all the best of luck Mariana 😘 (eu também me chamo Mariana 😉)

  65. pinkalishes pink

    March 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    What paper does she use???

  66. Sofia Lopes

    March 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Deu uma certa motivação para estudar, amanhã tenho teste de físico química

  67. Ana Vitória

    March 19, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Ate you brazillian?Your book lições de direito….Nice!bc i'm

  68. LOG DIET

    April 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    한챕터당 2페이지 최대 relevant한것들만 하이라이트 page references the infos of the chapter or what actually i want and think interesting and the things i need to remeber just by logical thinking 이렇게 스터디가이드만들고 이걸 불렛저널폼으로 만드는것

  69. Nidhi Sharon

    April 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

    your notes are goals !!! the most neat and organised notes I have ever seen . I love your channel very much as it has made my life a lot better . you need more subscribers. LUV Ya!!

  70. Layls

    April 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Your videos really motivate me especially since I'm in my last year of high school. Keep em coming! ✨🌻

  71. Sérgio Junior

    April 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry to ask, but… are you from Brazil or Portugal?
    Love your videos, btw

  72. Maria Rato

    April 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    és portuguesa

  73. Maria Rato

    April 22, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    onde comprastes as tua canetas mujii ?

  74. Rosannasfriend

    April 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you. No one else online explained this well for me.

  75. Lady Anne Aribal

    May 26, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I'm in love with your channel! Please keep up the awesome work! Hugs! <3

  76. Anda Oajdea

    July 7, 2017 at 4:03 am

    What is the difference between notes and study guide?

  77. ksinghk

    July 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    what would you recommend for literature?

  78. Palak Mehta

    August 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Omg you always inspire me to study mariana😊😊

  79. Bizarre Anime Girl 101

    October 28, 2017 at 2:50 am

    WHERE do you get the outlined colored graph paper at.

  80. Division Alpha One

    November 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Hey Mariana it was a 4 minute video.

  81. Will Geru

    November 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

    do you write your note on both sides of paper?

  82. Paulina Guerrero Jimenez

    November 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Mariana where do you get tour pretty colorful loose leaf paper ?

  83. A Adegoke

    November 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm


  84. A Adegoke

    November 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    marina I like your accent

  85. The Making Of Perfect

    November 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Mariana, pls answer this question:
    What should you do when finals are 2 weeks , and the lessons are too long to make study guides out of??
    Pls reply early

  86. Bruna Ferreira

    December 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Amei 😍

  87. Blue Bagel

    January 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Could you do a video on how to study from a study guide? Like one your teacher would give you.

  88. Li

    January 20, 2018 at 2:15 am

    What kind of paper do you use?

  89. N. Pietszyk

    January 25, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Mariana, você chegou a prestar vestibular aqui no Brasil?

  90. black guanábana

    February 28, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Can I buy those squared papers online?

  91. Ramla Irfan

    February 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    The paper sleeves you are using here, where did you get them from?

  92. Shruti Raut

    March 11, 2018 at 6:23 am

    your handwriting
    your writing skill is just amazing 🤗

  93. Rahul Roypoddar

    March 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Please make a video on how you use a laptop

  94. Maria Clara Leal

    May 26, 2018 at 12:04 am

    May I ask if you are brazilian?

  95. azeem.akhan2012

    July 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm


    – One guide/chapter (or topic)
    – Max 2 pg each
    – Keywords and operative information
    – # One general guide (w table of contents)

  96. Débora Caetano

    January 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    És portuguesa??

  97. eny yoyo

    February 11, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    What paper did you use in this video?

  98. J a

    March 6, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Você é brasileira?

  99. Arseniy Ardashirov

    August 24, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Universal literacy is the worst thing in the world.

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