Study Skills Tips

How is Your Concentration?

A major problem for students is the inability to concentrate and retain information in memory. Below are some ways to combat this problem.

Also See:

Test Taking Tips
How to be a Successful Student

For Teachers:
Classroom Assessment Techniques
1. Find a good place to study. This doesn't have to be the library. Find a place that suits your needs.

2. Set up a time limit in order to help you define your studying. Studying without a limit may become overwhelming.

3. Read with a pencil in hand. This is not only for note-taking, but also for marking the margin whenever your mind wanders. This makes you more aware of when your mind is wandering, and this, gives you more control.

4. Give yourself little rewards, like a five-minute break, to help get you through tough studying periods.

5. Use numbers to organize and remember important information.

6. Find ways to help relieve tension and fatigue. Doing some physical "study exercises" like touching your toes, can help keep you awake and alert.

Study Strategies

Link what you are learning in class to your long-range goals:
Try to apply what you are learning in class to practical situations or your daily life.

Make learning to write your most important goal as a college student:
Good writing skills are the basis of success in many college courses and will prove extremely useful in a career.

Identify your learning style:
Try to identify your learning style. If you don't know how you learn the best, you can benefit some online surveys to help you discover your learning skills. Once you know it, use it as much as possible in your studying process.

Use many study methods:
We learn through repetition, but that doesn't mean that the information has to be repeated in the same way. Use a variety of strategies like reviewing notes, making flashcards, outlining chapters or studying in groups.

Budget Your Time:
Set aside specific hours each day for concentrated study. Stick to it closely. Use personalized rewards to help you establish this study habit.

Eliminate Distraction:
You will learn more when there is little or nothing to divert your attention. Get rid of all visual and auditory distractions such as the TV or radio.

Be an active learner:
This requires you to actually process what you are hearing or reading. Put things in your own words. Ask questions.

Develop a reading strategy:
PQ4R is practical. It stands for: Preview, Question, Read, Write, Recall and Review.

Strategies for improving test performance:
1. Take good notes
2. Review notes after each class
3. Begin reviewing at least a week before you take your test
4. Take control of your time
5. Test yourself
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