Study Skills

Study Skills

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1. Arrange with fellow students in the class to study together. Discuss difficult concepts. Quiz one another.

2. Use your dictionary! Keep a list of unfamiliar words and their definitions, or make vocabulary cards with the new word on one side and the definition on the other. Use heavy paper for the latter such as cut-up index cards. When you have some free time; on the bus; while waiting for someone; go through the cards.

3. Check the library for books on the same subject which present the material in
more elementary terms.

4. Consult the instructor. Instructors have office hours for a purpose: to help
students who may be having trouble comprehending the subject.

5. Use the SQ3R method:


Skim the chapter; read headings, introductory and concluding paragraphs, summary.

Turn headings into questions. If there are no headings, make up questions like "What are the major points on pages 65-70?"

Read the material, trying to answer the questions.

Go back and answer the questions without looking at the book. You may wish to recite out loud.

Think about the meaning of what you've read. Write a brief outline or paragraph of the entire chapter without using any notes that you might have made.

6. Expect to have to spend more time on this subject. An old rule has proven adequate: For every hour spent in class, a student should spend two hours out of class on that subject. Sometimes even more time must be devoted to the subject.

7. Adjust your reading speed to the material. Easy material can be read quickly; more difficult material must be read slowly.

8. As you read, take notes on important facts and ideas.

9. Adjust the amount of time you study to the type of material: If you are required to understand relationships, study for relatively long periods... up to an hour. If you are studying new material, set aside at least half an hour every day.

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