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Savvy Study Skills for Students
Transcript of Savvy Study Skills for Students
2)Plan out a schedule.
4)Review and go over your work. Note: LAST-MINUTE CRAMMING DOES NOT WORK! Procrastinating when you should be studying? Don't know what and how to study? Cramming? Have no fear! We bring to you a number of tips from all areas of effective test preparation. Fact: Good study skills will help you throughout your life. Tip: Study in shorter blocks of time, and take breaks in between. Note: Don't procrastinate and do things earlier so you don't get stressed. Make flashcards or review sheets, or highlight key parts of your notes. Have someone test you. Tip: Play background music only if it doesn't distract you. Find a place that is quiet and has good lighting. It should have all the things you need in order to study. Note: If it's too cold or warm, you won't be able to concentrate. Hint: School or public libraries are also good places to study. Writing Essays 3 Parts of an Essay:
2)Body-contains your argument and logic.
3)Conclusion-Summarizes with thesis. Critical Thinking Think about everything you learn, and be wary of things that seem farfetched to you. Taking Notes Tip: Focus on listening more than writing notes. Cornell method: Use 2/3 of the paper to write down key points, examples, and important details. Use the other 1/3 to draw diagrams or mnemonic devices. Hint: Use initials or abbreviations, and put them in point form. Obviously, write down everything on the board (If there is one). How To Find Information Sources:
Library (Books, newspapers, video/audio, etc.) Note: For Internet research, be sure to check if it's trustworthy. Make sure that the person/organization behind it is reliable, free of bias as much as possible, and up-to-date. Things You Can Do To Help Remember Make sure you understand it completely. Review regularly. Recite and repeat it. Connect it with things you already know. If you can, use a mnemonic (ex. Dumb King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti for Domain Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species.) Find out how much it's worth, what it's on, when it's going to be, if there's a study guide/review sheet, etc.) Getting a good night's sleep will relax and recharge your brain. As well, a breakfast rich in antioxidants and B-vitamins is very important on test day. During A Test: Always remember to READ ALL DIRECTIONS. Bring a calculator IF YOU CAN. SHOW YOUR WORK. Usually, go with your first instinct. You may get part marks if you at least write something. SQ4R Method Survey the titles and headings. Ask yourself questions. Are you looking for details or the important ideas, and what do you already know? Read it. Slowly and carefully. At the end of a section, reflect. Do you get it and can you make any connections with things you already knew? Record and review the main points and ideas in your own words. Tip: Read for fun as much as you can. This will help you read quicker and remember more. Hint: If you don't know a word, look at the words around it and try to guess. If allowed to on a test, use a dictionary. Your Learning Style Q: If someone gave you their phone number and you didn't have a pen, how would you remember it? A: You repeat it out loud. B: You picture it in your head. C: You "write" (trace) it on your hand. If you chose A you might be an auditory learner. You learn things better if you hear them, so you learn best by repeating important ideas out loud and listening to lectures. If you chose B you might be a visual learner. You learn things better if you see them, so try organizing your notes, drawing diagrams and visualizing facts to memorize. If you chose C you might be a tactile/kinesthetic learner. You learn better when in a hands-on environment and on-the-job learning. Try memorizing when walking, or writing things out several times. Most people have a style of learning in which they can learn best. Finding which style suits you will help you learn more effectively, so answer the following question to find out what kind of learning style fits you best. Listening and Learning Note: The difference between hearing and listening is that listening requires your mind to be concentrating on what's being said. Be a critical thinker while listening. Judge and analyze what's being said. Does it make sense and do you agree? Making connections to what you already know. Do you know something that disputes what is being said? Ask questions. Teachers will be happy to make it clearer for you. If you aren't convinced about something, challenge it. Take notes. In your own words, write down the most important details and points. Concentrate on the speaker. This allows you to keep focused and tune out distractions. And there you have it, all of our tips on studying! Hopefully they'll be able to help you improve on your studying and test-taking! Remember: These skills will be useful throughout your life! By Bonnie L. PAY ATTENTION to the TIME. Be neat and make sure that your writing is legible.