How to make a study guide.

Three steps to build your ultimate study guide.

If you do it strategically, making your study guide can be an effective part of the studying process. Use this as an opportunity to organize, review, and make sense of your notes. Learn more about how to get started.

Three steps to a better study guide.

The most effective study guides emerge from effective note-taking habits. It’s never too late to start implementing those. With strong foundations in place, you can begin to create your study guide:

  1. Organize your notes. Sort through the information you already have, and arrange it in a way that makes sense for you. That could mean merging notes from your computer and notebooks into chronological or thematic order — like by topic or week or date.
  2. Create a summary. After reviewing all your notes, create a summary sheet that synthesizes the information into a few sentences. What is the main study point of the subject? Answering that question can help you focus on the next step.
  3. Build an outline. With a handle on all that information, start creating an outline structure. Of course, this depends on the type of content you're studying. If it's a history test, perhaps your outline has a page for each historical event. If it's for a math or chemistry test, maybe it's by concept with practice questions and examples.

Do more with your documents.

Learn how you can use Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat online services to organize, synthesize, and compress your notes to build strong study guide foundations.