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General Study Skills Guide

General Study Skills Guides

  • Getting organized to study. Getting organized is an important first step to effective study. 

  • Finding Time to Study. This needs to be tracked by putting time in a calendar to study the same way you put appointments in a calendar.

  • Sources of information for study. What are you studying and is the information accurate? 

  • Note-Taking. 

  • Planning an essay. You need to have bullet points, and many drafts.

 

 

Study Hacks to Improve Memory
  • Walk before an exam. It's been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power. Try it.

  • Speak out loud. We tend to remember information when we speak out loud instead of simply reading. 

  • Teach what you have learned. See if someone else understands the information you have studied.  If you conveyed the information correctly then you know it!

  • Draw diagrams. 

  • Type notes in Times New Roman font it is  the easiest font to read.

 

  • Developing good study habits
  • Start with the homework that is hardest to you. 

  • Develop effective memorization techniques - You can use lists when having to memorize several things eg. 

  • Develop critical reading skills. 

  • Focus on the areas that require the most attention. 

  • Improve test-taking strategies.

How to take notes:

​1. Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the
lecture using telegraphic sentences. Five words or less.


2. Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based on the notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarify
meanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthen
memory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.


3. Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.


4. Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example:
“What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on?
How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know?
What’s beyond them?


5. Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.