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Study Skills

How to study

Sylvia S

on 8 October 2014

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Transcript of Study Skills

Study Skills
What is learning? How do we learn?

Learning is a process and each individual's learning style is unique. Understanding the ways that you learn will make learning more purposeful. One important way to learn is to study, thus improving your studying skills is vital.

Before You Begin
Time Management
Learning and Memory
Note-taking and Organization
Study Strategies
Reading and Listening
Exam Writing and Stress Management
Before You Begin

Self Study Test
Taking care of yourself during the semester/year is important to help you stay mentally and physically alert.


Set realistic goals
Set limits
Make a to-do list
Organize your workspace
Do daily and weekly reviews
Spend time studying what you don't know
Take breaks
Give yourself time to relax and enjoy your life
Try to get into a regular sleeping, eating, and studying routine
Prepare ahead of time
Try to avoid procrastination

Time Management
Manage Procrastination
Admit you have a procrastination problem
Examine your procrastination
Use strategies to manage procrastination

Note-Taking and Organization in class
Reading and Writing
Exam Writing
Learn from general to specific
Review everyday - break information into small amounts
Make the material meaninful and visualize what you are studying
Test yourself
Study the most important material first
Tutor/Teach another student the material

Skim through the chapter(s)
Understand the purpose of reading the material
Highlight main points
Stop and recall what you have read after a few paragraphs

Write the date and the topic on every page including handouts
Listen actively
Write notes legibly and in point form
Underline and highlight key words
Review notes from class

Before you begin
Read directions carefully
Skim through the entire exam
Underline key terms and information
Read questions carefully
What is the question asking?
Write legibly
Work at a reasonable pace
Use all the exam time allotted
Check/re-read over your exam
Don't compare yourself to others/ignore what others are doing (leaving early) and concentrate on your exam

How to answer specific exam questions
Multiple choice
Open Book
Study Skills
Study Skills Assessment
How do you prepare for an exam?
Knowing the format of an exam a head of time (multiple choice Vs. short answer) is:

A. Important, so that I know how to study for an exam.

B. Not important since I already have to understand the information.
Gather as much information as you can
Know what to study:

Ask your professor and /or your peers what might be on the exam

Read course outlines to understand what you should be learning from the course and how you are evaluated throughout the course

Listen for clues from the professor; take notes when they say “This will be on
the exam”.

Attend all classes
Gather as much information as you can
Know the test format

Multiple choice, short answer, essay

How it is graded

How much time will you have to write the exam
Come up with a study schedule

Divide the work into smaller chunks in your study schedule

Set clear and specific goals for each study session

Prioritize. (Difficult vs. easy)

The more difficult subjects require more study time

Create variety and allocate break times in your schedule. Don’t go on study
What is the most effective study strategy:

A. Some sort of physical exercise prior to a study session

B. Frequent review of the material

C. Creating a study schedule and sticking to it, no matter what
• Start Early

• Always read the assigned readings before class and take notes while reading

• Attend all your classes and take in-class notes

• After lectures re-read your notes

• Review weekly

• Major review should be 1-3 weeks before an exam

• You learn better by understanding the material as opposed to memorizing it.
Draw a nickel’s front and back from your memory
Curve of Forgetting
What if you have to memorize?
Review , Repetition is the key to remembering

Use memory aids and techniques
To take a 10 minutes break for every 50 minutes of study

To relax, eat and rest
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