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STUDY SKILLS

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Transcript of STUDY SKILLS

STUDY SKILLS
CONSTRUCTIVE GROUP GUIDELINES
Allow space for different ideas


OBJECTIVES
Evaluate study skills using a self-assessment tool



HOW DO YOU STUDY?
DOES THIS SEEM FAMILIAR?
How do you prepare for exams?
What does the BIG DAY look like for you?
GATHERING INFORMATION
Know what to study

GATHERING INFORMATION
Know the test format

STUDY!
Set up a Study Schedule
Example Study Schedule
STUDYING TIPS
Read assigned text book readings before class & take your own notes
CURVE OF FORGETTING
MORE TIPS
Conduct a major test review early
WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO MEMORIZE?
EXAMPLE STUDY SHEET
Agents Of Socialization
Family: Authoritative Parenting (Most Successful Parenting Style)
- Affectionate but clear in their expectations
- Is balanced between authoritarian (very strict) and permissive parenting (no control)
- The type of parenting has a huge impact on the end result of a child’s socialization
- Proper parenting can have a huge impact on the crime rate of their child

- The four styles of parenting:
- Ineffective Parents: annoyed and prone to tell children they are bad
- Assertive Parents: raise their voices, use physical punishment
- Consistent Parents: discipline in the same way
- Positive Parents: praise their children, play and laugh together

- The Impact of Parenting Style:
A) Greater than other risk factors such as:
- Living with single parents
- Having a teenage mother
- Family dysfunction
- Low social support
- Low income
B) The most strongly predicts delinquent behavior
- Family and Violence:
- Children who observed violence at home are more likely to show signs of bullying, fighting, and other aggressive behavior


TLC
TEST ANXIETY
- Physical Indicators:
Perspiration, sweaty palms, feeling too hot or too cold
Headaches, upset stomach, nausea
Rapid heartbeat, shallow/irregular breathing, dizziness
Muscle tightness



- Cognitive Indicators:
Negative or self-defeating talk
Excessive worry
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty identifying key words
Difficulty organizing and expressing thoughts
Going blank on exam questions
WHAT CAUSES OR INCREASES ANXIETY?
Insufficient exam preparation
REDUCING ANXIETY
- On the Day of the Exam:
- After the Exam:
If you need someone to talk to or to further help you overcome your anxiety, contact Humber's Counselling Services
They are here to help!
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
REMINDERS
Attend FIVE Learning Skills Workshops and you will get CCR certified!
THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK!
Have fun!

Invite feedback
Stay open-minded
Let people take turns
Give attention to speaker (turn off phone etc.)
Be a good listener – don’t interrupt
Discover practices and strategies for exam preparation
Share current study habits and strategies
Class notes, handouts, textbook, listen for clues from your professor
Course outline & learning outcomes
Ask!
How much time will I have?
How is the test graded?
MC, short answers, essays, etc.
Put some variety in your study sessions & give yourself breaks
Prioritize! (easy vs. difficult material; material given more weight on the exam gets more study time)
Set clear and specific goals for each study session
Divide the course material into smaller chunks & allocate these chunks to your study sessions
Decide on and schedule several study sessions
Understand, DON’T just memorize
Weekly review & major review (1-3 weeks before exam)
Re-read in-class notes after lectures & fill in the gap!
Attend class & take notes
Use an Exam Preparation Checklist
Study most difficult materials when you are alert
Use flash cards/crib sheets
Test yourself in advance (chapter test, turn each section you study into questions)
Study in short spurts and frequently review the material
Graphics
Rhymes
Acronyms (e.g. HOMES = Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)
First Letters (e.g. Never Eat Sour Watermelons = North, East, South, West)
Visualization & Location
Memory Aids
Review! (Repetition)
- Behavioural Indicators:
Procrastination and avoidance
Excessive studying
Over/under eating; poor nutrition
Sleeping too much or too little
Fatigue or inability to relax
- Emotional Indicators:
Feeling fearful, guilty, angry, depressed or uncertain
Stimulant use: caffeine, nicotine, drugs, alcohol, etc.
Focusing on the consequences if you are unsuccessful
Assuming you will not perform well
Focusing exclusively on the marks
Thinking about others' expectations
Striving for perfection
Comparing your performance to your peers'
Worrying about past performance
Pace yourself throughout the exam and note how much time to dedicate to each section
Read the directions first and survey the exam
Slowly repeat a helpful word or phrase to yourself--"I can do this"
Slow down and become intentional about your breathing pattern
- During the Exam:
If reviewing your notes, finish with the material you are most familiar with to end your study session on a positive note
Think positively about the exam and the information you have studied
Avoid last-minute cramming
Avoid individuals that may upset your composure
Do something relaxing before the exam
Arrive early
Prepare by eating well before the exam and limiting stimulant use
Remind yourself that it takes slow and steady steps to develop excellent test-taking skills. You are on your way!
Do not punish yourself for missing a question or not performing at your best
Keep a record of what techniques worked to decrease anxiety
Learn from the experience
@ North Campus - 2nd floor of LRC
Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre
416-675-5090

@ Lakeshore Campus - 2nd Floor of WEL
Humber Student Welcome & Resource Centre
416-675-6622 Ext 3331
http://www.humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling

REMEMBER...
International Students: get your Passport to Success stamped!
Examine the role of memory and the curve of forgetting in preparing for exams
REFERENCES
“About Education: Fundamental Concepts Of Forgetting and Learning.” (2012). University of Waterloo. Accessed from: http://frank.itlab.us/forgetting/
“Textbook Reading Systems.” (1994). Center For Learning and Teaching. Cornell University. Accessed from: http://www.ucd.ie/artspgs/intro2ling/readingsystem.pdf

Teach the material to someone
We retain...
95% of what we teach to others
80% of what we experience personally
70% of what we talk about with others
50% of what we see and hear
30% of what we see
20% of what we hear
10% of what we read
REMINDERS
Don’t forget to check out our other workshops:

• Time Management
• Study Skills
• Presentation Skills
• Memory and Concentration
• Effective Reading
• The Art of Note taking
• Exam and Test Preparation
• Group Dynamics
• Ready, Set, Research!
• Cite it Right: APA
• Money Management
• Stress Management


Check out our Test-Taking Anxiety workshop for more information!
For Peer Tutoring and
Learning Skills Workshops, visit:
3rd floor of the LRC (North)
WEL 105 (Lake)
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