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How to study

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Michael Drescher

on 11 September 2013

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Transcript of How to study

What else can I do?
Why is this Important?
What is Meta-Cognition?
Top Nine Study Strategies
Selected by your teachers at Fort
These are the techniques that they used in school and what they expect you to use when you study
Talk about it:
Explain test information out loud to yourself - try not to look crazy
Explain the information to another person
Study groups (as long as you're on task)
Manage your environment
Why is this Important?
Give you the skills to succeed this year and in the future
Make better use of your time
Avoid falling into bad habits
How to Study
Active vs. Passive Studying
Meta-cognition and Study Skills
Doing well on tests isn’t always about being naturally smart
Knowing how to study and being in the right frame of mind when taking a test are just as important
Successful college students have to be able to study effectively on their own
Thinking about your thinking
Analyzing how you think and how you learn
Increase awareness of bad habits
Give you new ways to solve problems
Become more efficient – get the most from your time
Study Skills
Specific techniques that help people learn better
Poll of Fort teachers: 9 strategies
Develop your own individual style
Use different strategies depending on the test and subject
How can I study smarter?
Ask yourself two questions:
1. What do I have to study?
2. How am I going to study it?

Then make a plan
Decide what material is the most important/needs more attention
Study this first
Works well with a study guide
Pace Yourself
Don’t cram - you'll forget a lot of stuff this way
Study a little bit over a longer period of time
Anxiety Control Techniques:
1. Visualization
2. Deep breathing
3. Positive self-talk
Find a comfortable quiet place with a minimum of distractions
Make rules – a self contract: where you will study, for how long without being distracted, when you will study – and then reward yourself when you do it
Create a scheduled time for studying – use a planner
Passive Studying:
Reviewing material without doing anything with it
Helps a little bit
Can be an inefficient use of time
Examples of passive studying:
1. Re-reading a chapter
2. Skimming over notes
3. Reading over a study guide
Active Studying
You have to
something to the information in order to better understand it
Create a product of some kind
Examples of active studying:
1. Making flashcards
2. Creating an outline or web diagram
3. Annotating a text
Use one or more two of the following strategies when studying for a test
Top 9 Study Strategies:
1. Annotating a Text*
2. Flashcards
3. Outlines
4. Summary Diagram
5. Internet resources
6. C-Notes
7. ‘Cheat Sheet’
8. Organizing a Study Guide
9. Focused Skimming

*Problem: what do you do when you can’t annotate?
What's Our Next Steps?
We're going to practice each of these 9 techniques over the next semester
We will expect that you will use them when studying
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