Study Skills 101 How to make all A’s and enjoy doing it!
“Where ever you are, be there!” Rule Number 1
Create a study schedule • Study in small chunks • The same time every day • Study becomes habitual, easier Budget your time
Set a time goal for assignments • Keep a record of goal-setting • Document successes Goal-setting
Divide assignment into units • Set time-goals for each unit • Helps reduce daydreaming Set short-range goals
Find a place to study • Reasonably quiet • Minimal distractions Study environment
Keep pencil & paper handy • Something needs to be done? • Write it down & continue studying Keep a reminder pad
Cramming does not work! • Think preview & review • Before class: review notes, reading • After class: review notes • Repetition saves time! Don’t procrastinate!
Practice: Read newspaper headlines • Scan TOC (front of books) • Scan headings in chapters • Scan glossary (back of books) • Preview before class • Review after class Learn to identify important information
Watch your thoughts • Bring your mind back • “Where ever you are, be there!” Learn to focus
Use a symbol related to study • Scarf, hat, or figurine • Use a ritual to get started • Tells your mind it’s time to get to work • Use your symbol for studying only Aids for concentration
Stand up and face away from books or assignment • Stop at the end of each page you are reading and count to 10 Mind wandering?
Break book anxiety • If you are relaxed, anxiety dissipates • Associate books with relaxation • When you study, study • When you worry, worry Learn to relax
Better grades • More free time, not less • Reduced stress Benefits of good study habits
http://utsa.edu/trcss/ossr/ • http://www.studygs.net/ • http://www.arc.sbc.edu/study.html • http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/index.htm • http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html Online study skills resources