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Study Smart, Not Hard
Transcript of Study Smart, Not Hard
Why should I study?
What type of learner are you?
Create fixed times for studying.
What to do/What NOT to do
Tackle the hard stuff first.
Do the reading before class.
Never blow off two days in a row.
This isn't high school. For some, high school may have been a breeze. Now your overall grade depends on a few tests and maybe some papers. The fewer amount of tests/papers your overall grade depends on, the more likely those tests/papers will affect your grade.
Get help when you need it.
Math 2D w/ Prof. Liken Zheng
80% of your grade relies on 2 tests!
Not all classes are the same.
Some are curved (science, math, etc.) and some are not.(Writing, humanities, etc.)
Why is my learning style important?
Find which is best and most efficient
Can understand which tests/subjects you will excel/have difficulty in
reduce amount of time needed to absorb information
Prefers learning and memorizing through reading and writing
Usually people are more than one type of learner, so multiple ways may work for you!
FUN (but also not so fun) FACTS
1. Guess the average GPA of an incoming freshman...
2. Guess the average GPA of new students...
Dissect the Syllabus
What the course is going to be about
How tough the professor is going to be
Leniency on due dates, attendance, etc.
bark vs. bite
Structure of the class
Is there a week-by-week schedule?
What's going to be on the test
How much tests/papers will count (%)
Whether you should read or not
What parts should you focus on?
office hours, websites, etc.
What works for you? What is your schedule like?
This is how you overcome the resistance of actually studying.
It's a firm commitment.
Makes lecture more interactive and easier to comprehend (you learn more easier)
It'll seem like more work if you have to play catch up.
Face the dread right away.
You might not want to do the hard stuff if you feel like you've already studied (the easy stuff).
be engaged on a constant basis
practice makes perfect
Don't be filled with pride
Help or no help, at least you tried
interaction with TA/Prof
Rule of Thumb
1 hour of class = 1-1.5 hours of studying
(doesn't include extra for tests)
FUN (but also not so fun) FACTS
3) The average college expects ___ hours of studying/week.
4) The average college student studies on average ___ hours/week.
do a quick recap after studying
don't let your memory die
count prep work as studying
ex. finding the perfect environment; getting organized; cleaning; social networking; constant snacking
ex. 15 on writing, 15 minutes on CS, 15 minutes on math
Devote entire study session to one subject
Study in chunks
- 20-50 minutes of studying
- 5-10 minute break (watch for how long you social network)
- break: stretching break (get your blood flowing from sitting for too long)
take constant breaks
study for too long
Your brain can only
take so much
- reassess your goals
- don't let your long-term and short-term goals get clouded
- remind yourself why you're doing this
Study like you mean it!
studying=100% focused+total immersion+strong desire to get it right
pretending to study=35% involved+65% divided attention