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How to Improve Study Habits and Get Better Grades. & Exam-Taking Tips. This only works if you “DO IT” Overview:. Why Study? Maintaining Motivation. Being Organized. In Class. Before/After Class. But, I have lousy memory! Exam-Taking Tips. Why Study?. The Future

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This only works if you “DO IT”Overview:

  • Why Study?

  • Maintaining Motivation.

  • Being Organized.

  • In Class.

  • Before/After Class.

  • But, I have lousy memory!

  • Exam-Taking Tips


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Why Study?

  • The Future

    • plan to become a hermit?

  • Jobs

  • Self-Respect

  • Grades


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Maintaining Motivation

  • Focus on the Goals

  • Study Groups

  • Self-Rewards

  • Creating Routines

    • EXCEPT--no reading the text in bed!!


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Getting Organized

  • buy the books

  • prepare a timetable--work, sleep, & play

  • set a specific time for studying each course

  • benefits of spaced/distributed practice versus massed practice

  • physical activity as part of routine


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In Class

  • 80% of success in life is “showing up”

  • Confused???

    • Ask--10 other people will thank you

  • Asking Questions

  • Taking Notes

    • record concepts and key terms

      • not verbatim notes--LISTEN to Learn


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Before/After Class

  • Read the text--systematically & actively

    • including the headings, tables, focus issues

  • Take notes--avoid the highlighter

  • Review your lecture notes

  • Check for the overlap between text notes and lecture notes--hint, hint, hint

  • Read the text--again.


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Memory Tips

  • Encoding

    • understand first, then easier to remember

    • focus--reduce distractions

    • ask questions (either your own, or from Study Guide)

    • use mnemonic devices

    • chunking

    • use different encoding techniques

      • self-referencing


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Aids for Improving Retrieval

  • Number your points

  • Visualize the material

  • Use other information to jog retrieval

  • Free-associate

  • Link to the things you do know

  • State-Dependent Learning

  • Use a system, e.g.: SQ3R


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Exam-Taking TipsIn part based on: Pfeifer & Ogloff, 1991)

  • Study/Come with the tools needed.

  • Have a strategy.

    • look at the weight of the different sections--apportion time appropriately.

    • read any essay questions early, the rest of the test might have retrieval cues.

    • Don’t Rush--you will usually be given ample time to complete an exam.


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Recall Questions

  • Use an OUTLINE to organize your thoughts.

  • Answer the question being asked. ( Read the question carefully, answer all aspects/parts of the question.)

  • Do not provide information not requested. (Do not waste time and space repeating the question or “padding.”)

  • Resist the temptation to “guess.” (Including your confusing material will likely confuse your “marker!”)

  • Keep track of time.


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Essay-Style Questions--DO!

  • Answer the question being asked.

  • Complete all components of the question.

  • Whenever possible, do an outline first!


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Essay-Style Question--Marking

  • Correct Content--All relevant points.

  • Correct use of terms and concepts.

  • Relevant examples.

  • Integration with related content.

  • Clear and concise writing--grammatical!


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Exam-taking Tips

  • Have a plan

    • check that you have all the pages

    • put your name on everything!

    • read all instructions--CAREFULLY

  • Plan your time (allocate by value of questions).

    GOOD LUCK