Study Skills Tips
April Tip of the Month: Time Management
Are you having trouble managing your time, and planning out what little time you have for studying and doing homework? If so, try estimating and prioritizing your time in your agenda.
First, write down all of your homework for a given day. Then, how long you feel it will take you to complete the assignment or to study for an upcoming test or quiz. Then, prioritize or number your assignments in order of importance. Now, you can plan out your afternoon or evening since you know how much time you need to complete all of your homework, and you have a plan of how to get all of the assignments done in time. This will help you eliminate headaches and to feel more in control and less overwhelmed by all your classes this spring.
March Tip of the Month: Active Reading
Do you find yourself rereading the same paragraph without comprehending it or falling asleep while reading? If so, then try active reading.
Active reading is when you actively take part in your reading by spending time thinking about your prior knowledge to a subject before you read, writing as you read, and answering review questions right after you read.
Before you read: Preview the chapter by looking at titles, pictures, and review questions first. Think about what you know about the topic as well as what you would like to know. This is a way to warm-up your brain to what you will be reading about, just like you may warm-up your muscles by stretching before you run.
While you read: Get your favorite pen ready to start writing as you read. First, you may want to make your own "key" or list of symbols to notate with as you read. Here is a sample of the key I use when I read:
Highlight key ideas.
Underline important characters, events, or dates.
Circle any words that you do not know the meaning of or can't pronounce.
Put a question mark next to passages that you are confused by so that you can remember to ask questions about this section in class.
Star any quotes or sections that you really liked or connected with.
After you read: Write down a sentence or two about your thoughts on what you've read, and answer any review questions you may have been given.
After you try active reading, you'll see that you can make it through any chapter without falling asleep as long as you take an "active" part in reading it.
February Tip of the Month: Mnemonic Devices
Having trouble remembering a long list of information for a test? Try using a mnemonic device like acrostics (silly sentences) or acronyms (wacky words). Below is an example of each strategy:
Acrostics (Silly Sentences):
Example: To learn how living things are classified and divided into groups:
Use: King Phillip Crawled Over Four Gigantic Squirrels
Acronyms (Wacky Words):
Example: To memorize the spectrum of colors:
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet
Use: ROY G BIV