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Your Time & Study Environment (Get More Details)
- Determine your goals,
values, and priorities.
your schedule and make adjustments as appropriate.
- Get a plan before
starting a task. Set time limits to stay focused.
- Break tasks into
manageable (and meaningful) chunks.
- Stay caught up with
reading and assignments.
- Have a strategy
for taking tests. Monitor your time.
managing your time and study environment.
College Texts (Get More Details)
- Preview - survey
the material to get the big picture before reading the material.
- Question - set your
purpose; ask what you already know. Ask what's important to understand
from this assignment.
- Read - read for
meaning and annotate text. If you don't understand,
adjust your strategy i.e., re-read or read slower.
- Recite - summarize
what you just read by saying it or writing it in your own words. Make
a note of questions that occur to you as your read.
- go over it regularly so it stays fresh.
sites on these and other topics on reading college texts.
Note-Taking, and Using Visual Organizers (Get
- Preview text and
list questions to help focus your listening during lectures.
- Use Cornell
notes or mapping for class notes depending
on the style in which information is presented.
- make margin notes in text to label information; circle important terms
and concepts, underline important details; summarize, and note questions
you have about the material.
- Use graphic
organizers to show relationships between concepts (i.e., Venn diagram,
fishbone diagram, feature analysis, etc.).
your ideas to organize writing for papers and tests.
sites on listening, note-taking, and using visual organizers.
and Writing Papers (Get More Details)
- Plan ahead - develop
a schedule for completing each step of the process.
- Choose a topic.
- Do your research.
Learn how to use the library and to conduct research.
- Write the paper.
- Edit your work.
sites that provide information on research and writing papers.
Tests (Get More Details)
- Stay up-to-date
on assignments. Learn material and review as you go along.
to determine how you can improve your test-taking skills.
- Ask the instructor
about the test. Ask yourself what was stressed in the text and in lectures.
- Apply stress management
techniques to deal with test anxiety.
- Break up study sessions
by units or chapters.
- Prepare to answer
different kinds of test questions.
- Survey the test.
Answer the easiest questions first, to control anxiety. Then strategize
a plan and concentrate greatest effort on the questions that are worth
the most points.
- Map responses to
essay questions before writing.
sites providing information on tests.
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