You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies.

Checkin your STUDY SKILLS

 

 

1 = Never

2 = Sometimes when i think of it

3 = Half the time

4 = Most of the time

5 = Always

 

 

  1. 1.      I set a positive mood fo my studies, and schedule a productive time to study, find a lass distracting space, etc
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  1. 2.      I vary my study activities to include not just reading, but also group discussions and hands-on work
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  1. 3.      I organize and centralize notes and assignments, both in a notebook and in a folder on my computer.
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  1. 4.      Each week i dedicate a short time to review my notes and assignments, and then evaluate my progress.
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  1. 5.      Before each class or study session i review the assignment and my notes.
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  1. 6.      After each class lecture, as quickly as possible, i review and organize my notes.
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  1. 7.      After studying a unit, I transfer what i have learned into my own words and examples.
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  1. 8.      I mark what i do not understand, and seek alternatives (experts, websites, textbooks) to help.
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  1. 9.      I separate out vocabulary and concepts that are new to me, define them on note cards, and talk about them in study groups.
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  1. 10.  I reward myself for assignments well done.
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Your Score???

 

45 to 50 points : your study habits reflect excellent strategies! If your grades don’t reflect them, talk to your instructor or someone at your academic assistance center.

 

40 to 44 points : your study habits reflect excellent strategies. Did some questions make you pause? consider improving your effectiveness: begin by reviewing one question. work out from there.

 

35 to 39 points: you may some good habits, but there is area for improvement. select one particular question, and focus on improving that one: for example, time management and place. build out from there.

 

30 to 34 points : there is lots of room for improvement. even if your test scores are OK, it’s not likely that you are getting the most out of your study strategies. select one particular question, and focus on improving that one : for example, time management and place. build out from there.

 

below 29 points : look on the bright side : with a little professional help, you can make a big difference. your academic assistance center or teacher can help you start become a better studier, and understand better. good luck!!

 

 

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies.
Try to develop and appreciate the following habits:

  • Take responsibility for yourself
    Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities,
    your time, and your resources
  • Center yourself around your values and principles
    Don’t let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important
  • Put first things first
    Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don’t let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places
    Morning, afternoon, or evening?
    Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive.
    Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
  • Consider yourself in a win-win situation
    When you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students,
    and even your teacher will benefit.
    Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance
  • First understand others, then attempt to be understood
    When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor’s place.
    Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation
  • Look for better solutions to problems
    For example, if you don’t understand the course material, don’t just re-read it.
    Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or your school’s study skills center
  • Look to continually challenge yourself

Partially adapted from the audio cassette by Steven Covey, 
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

 

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