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Power Study Habits

Tutorial for teaching power study tips.
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Tara D'Angelo

on 27 April 2013

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Transcript of Power Study Habits

Reading

Note-taking

Memorization

Peer study groups In conclusion: Intro College is a different kind of animal than any other time in your life that will require studying. Reading through textbooks and lectures can be boring. Concept Mapping Power Study Habits Find the best tools for your learning style and help you employ them properly in your study sessions. Adjusting your study habits to use your time more wisely and effectively while retaining information and understanding will bring you success in your college career. Power Study Habits Reading Memorizaton Liger. A VERY different kind of animal. Divide up your reading into manageable portions. Use a highlighter and the margins of the books to draw attention to information and make notes about the readings. Make notes on what you think about while reading. What types of thoughts does it evoke? Does the information you’re taking in relate to other information you have learned or are learning? Does the information you’re taking in have real-world implications or relations? Is there a mnemonic you can use to relate back to the information later? Notetaking Take notes in a way that will make sense later.

Preserve the general outline of the lecture in
your notes. Take notes during lectures, videos, readings, and presentations. You can never have too many notes! Don’t be afraid to use the margins of your books, a million notebooks, a computer, or a voice recorder to ensure you have everything you need to take notes. Rewrite or reorganize your notes later if
writing things down helps you remember
them.

Compile your reading notes and lecture
notes together into one set of notes. Note page numbers in text where you can
find more information to make concepts
more clear.

Use abbreviations during notetaking to speed
writing.

Rewrite your notes soon after class so you don’t forget any abbreviations.

Take informative notes, but don’t feel like
you have to write down everything. Many students confuse memorization with understanding. Sometimes memorizing something contributes to understanding, but you can’t understand it until you memorize it. Effective Flashcards Terms with definitions are not always effective. Write questions on one side and answers on the other instead, to mimic the test for which you’re studying. Don’t overload flashcards: one question/concept per flashcard. Utilize a blank piece of paper when you go through cards: write down the answer before you peek at the back of the card. Utilize a list of terms or images for your concept map. Connect the terms or images in an easy-to-understand manner. Put the terms or images into boxes and describe the relationships from one term/concept
to the
next. Use all the words and join them with labeled arrows. Blank Paper Look at a picture, map, or theory for 1-2 minutes and then put it away. Re-draw it, repeating the process until you can get it right. (If pictures don’t work for you, write a paragraph that describes or sums up the system or concept you’re learning; repeat until you feel like the concept is understood.) Peer Study Groups Discuss texts and lectures with classmates. Ask your peers to share their notes on readings and lectures, and share yours as well; this gives you a different perspective on what the lecture or readings aim to teach. Ask peers to go through flashcards with you; this will help you and them study for the same exam. Take advantage of study sessions that the professor organizes, which is a good way to connect with peers, ask questions, and learn in a more close-knit setting. Do YOU have the power? Effective study habits can make or break your college career. Figuring out how you best study and learn will help you in every endeavor, even after college. Four power study habits are: reading, notetaking, memorization, and peer study groups. Utilizing power study habits may not give you supernatural powers, but will give you super study skills. Take the Power Study Habits Quiz to find out. References Old Flashcard: New Flashcard: Old Flashcard: New Flashcard: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Images from Wikimedia Commons. Completed concept map. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Go to http://quizstar.4teachers.org
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