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Study Skill Questions
I read my textbook like I’m supposed to, but I just don’t get it. What do I do?
I take notes in class, but I feel like I’m not writing down the right stuff. My own notes don’t make sense to me, and they’re not helping me do better on tests.
I don’t have any homework. There is nothing on the syllabus due for the next class period. So I don’t need to study, right?
Where Does the Time Go? I can’t seem to stay ahead on my projects and reading!
I have my phone with me 24/7. How can I use it to my advantage during college, rather than just having it as a distraction?
Steps To Success
- 1 - Attend every class.
- 2 - Be organized.
- 3 - Manage your time well.
- 4 - Be successful in the classroom.
- 5 - Take good notes.
- 6 - Know how to read a textbook.
- 7 - Study smart.
- 8 - Use test taking strategies.
- 9 - Reduce test anxiety.
- 10 - Know about and use available services.
What are you doing with your time?
For a week, keep a detailed log of everything you do. Account for all activities: class attendance, study, work, eating, commuting, recreation, exercise, sleep, etc. Also note when you do these activities. Try to determine how much time each week you spend:
- in class
- studying for classes
- meeting the needs of family and others
- Make a study schedule and stick to it !
- Understand assignments and write them down!
- Remember - different subjects require different types of preparation!
- Begin each study session with goal setting!
- To remember material over a long period of time, you must review the information often!
Time Management Tips for Students
Note Taking APPS
Notability: A flexible app that lets you take handwritten or typed notes, as well as read and annotate images and PDFs. You can record audio notes that are “synced” with your typed or hand-written ones (it lets you listen to the part of the meeting or lecture that corresponded to the time you took down particular lines or phrases) It also exports its contents to, among other options, Dropbox and iTunes. The iTunes export is especially useful, since you can just pluck your annotated files off iTunes when you plug in the iPad.
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Sleepcycle offers an app that will help you sync your alarm with your natural sleep cycle.
Keepmeout is a site that allows you to set a timer that will block websites that could be distracting, making time for more productive study time.