The Basic RulesStudying is necessary to succeed.You should approach You need to study at the studying in the way right time, at the right you would approach place, and under the a regular job, giving right conditions so that class and study time you will give yourself at least forty hours of adequate preparationyour time every week. and maintain the correct attitude.
“The Forty Hours Rule” Let’s do a little math…40 Most regular jobs require employees to work for forty hours during the week.15 The average college course load includes fifteen hours per week in class.25 You need to study / do classwork at least this many hours per week.
The Requirements of Quality Studying Time Place Conditions Preparation Attitude
The Right Time•Make and keep a regular study schedule.•Set aside certain hours each day for class assignments.•Remember “The Forty Hours Rule” – treat studying like a regular job.•Manage how much time to study based on how well you know the material and how much you want to succeed.
The Right Place•Study in the same place everyday.•Choosing the correct place can eliminate concentration problems.•Choose a place with ZERO distractions.•Pick a spot for yourself – where do you study best?•Group studying can be helpful, but remember you’re the one taking the test.•Wherever you choose to study, make sure it is well-lit, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
The Right Conditions•The right place is useless without the right surrounding conditions.•You should study with ZERO distractions from: • music, television, movies, or video games • friends, classmates, and the telephone • computer, instant messenger•Surrounding conditions include the proper equipment to study (chair, desk, light, notebooks, books, pens, and pencils – whatever you need).•If you need a snack, take only a short break and eat something healthy, such as fruit.
Adequate Preparation•Get organized before each study session. Ask yourself: •What am I going to study? •Do I have all the materials I need?•Formulate a plan before you study. What is it that you are going to accomplish during this study time?
The Correct Attitude•The only way to make studying successful is to recognize the need to study and then actually want to study because of it.•Don’t wait for the great “Study Inspiration” - it is not coming!•Don’t start to study while you’re stressed. You’ll get frustrated and it isn’t going to help de-stress you. Clear your mind for a little while and study when you can focus on studying.•If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!
Modifying Study Strategies for Different Classes•The Sciences •Chemistry, Biology, Physics •What to Expect: •Tests tend to be Objective •Multiple Choice, True / False, Matching, Problem Solving •How To Prepare: •Concept Cards, Concept Maps, •Practice Problems, Studying with Others
Modifying Study Strategies for Different Classes•The Humanities •Literature, History, Religion, •Fine Arts •What to Expect: •Heavy Emphasis on Writing •Compare / Contrast, Interpret, Analyze, Identify •How to Prepare: •Humanities are Varied – You Need Many Different Strategies •Annotation and Reflection, Time Lines, Question and Answer
Modifying Study Strategies for Different Classes•Mathematics •Algebra, Statistics, Calculus •What to Expect: •Problem Solving •How to Prepare: •Stay Current, Read Textbook Explanations, •Review and Practice Daily, Take Good Lecture Notes • Use Concept Cards, Ask Lots of Questions •Take your time- don’t make thoughtless errors
Modifying Study Strategies for Different Classes•Foreign Languages •Spanish, French, ASL •What to Expect: •Memorization Vocabulary, Grammar Rules, Sentence Construction •Dialogue Listening and Speaking •How to Prepare: •Do All Practice Activities, •Practice Speaking with Classmates, •Concept Cards, Get into the Culture with Festivals or Trips
Quick and Easy Study Tips Keep an organized • Write notes in the margins of notebook. your textbook.• Keep a careful record of assignments with the • Become familiar with a syllabus and a planner. chapter in the textbook• Use flash cards to learn before reading it - study the specialized vocabulary. textbook in this order: titles, sub-titles, bold• Use index dividers in your words, pictures, graphs, and notebook. then the text.• Take good notes during lectures – the more you • Over-learn the material – write, the better! don’t just be able to recall it.• Quiz yourself while studying – cover up the notes and see if you can repeat them out • Review frequently. loud to yourself. • Try acrostics, word associations, and jingles.
You’ve got to study to succeed!We’re not all Rocket You can receive theScientists…most students grades you want bywon’t succeed in college taking the time to studywithout putting in the time and prepare for yourand effort to study for their classes.classes. There are no miracle secrets or magic formulas for getting good grades.