Theresa Ann Gill MSEd
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?
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!
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.