Being an Effective Student: Study Skills


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Being an Effective Student: Study Skills

  1. 1. Writing Assignments • Chapter 1 – Write a short paragraph about what your would like to learn in the course • Chapter 2 – Academic Biography – write a couple of paragraphs about your academic preparedness for college. Best or worst school experiences, anything about your schools you want to share. • Chapter 3 – Of the 4 main learning styles (Aural, Visual, Read/Write, or Kinesthetic - write about what learning style you think you are and how you study.
  2. 2. Being an Effective Student Series Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor – Itawamba Community College
  3. 3. Being an Effective Student Series Note taking Time Management & Organizational Skills Effective Study Skills Taking Exams or Tests Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor – Itawamba Community College
  4. 4. Being an Effective Student Series This CD: Effective Study Skills Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor – Itawamba Community College
  5. 5. Effective Study Skills and Tips • Review – Do not study • Set a specific time and place to review each day • Use your textbook and SQ3R method (model attached) • Make note cards, study guides, and concept maps • Turn notes and textbook annotations into study guides • Use spare minutes in the day to review and study • If a commuter student – DO NOT leave for class until your studying is completed • Create Study groups • Take advantage of all study groups, review sessions, study guides, and instructor led study sessions • Use your knowledge of how you learn and study best to study and learn more effectively
  6. 6. SQ3R – Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review This is an excellent method to use your notes Or your textbook to review and study for tests in any class.
  7. 7. Survey • The title, headings, and subheadings • Captions under pictures, charts, graphs, and maps • Review questions or teacher made study guides • Introductory and concluding paragraphs • Summary
  8. 8. Question • Turn the title, headings, and subheadings into questions • Read the questions at the end of the chapters or after each subheading • Ask yourself. “What did my instructor say about this chapter or heading?” • Ask yourself, “What do I already know about this subject?” Note: if it is helpful to you, write these questions for consideration.
  9. 9. Read • Look for the answers to the questions you first created • Answer the questions at the end of the chapters or headings • Re-read the captions under the pictures, graphs, etc. • Note all of the underlines, italicized, bold printed words, or phrases • Study graphic aids • Reduce your reading speed for difficult sections • Stop and re-read parts that are not clear • Read only one section at a time and “RECITE” (next step) before reading on further
  10. 10. Recite • Orally ask and answer questions or orally paraphrase what you have just read • Take notes from the text, but write them in your own words • Underline or highlight important points you read Special Note: Triple your learning by: Seeing saying, and hearing Quadruple your learning by: Seeing, saying, hearing, and writing
  11. 11. • • • • Review DAY 1 – After you have read and recited the whole chapter, write questions for all main point you highlighted – If you took notes while reciting, make questions for those DAY 2 – Page through the text and your notes to acquaint yourself again with the material – Orally recite and answer the question from memory – Make flashcards – Develop mnemonic devices for recall later DAYS 3, 4, and 5 – Alternate between flashcards and notes and review WEEKEND – Create a study sheet for all of the material covered – Organize the materials
  12. 12. SQ3R form Survey – Record important titles and subtitles in the section Question – Write- Who, what, when, where, and why Questions for the topics Read – Write answers to the questions above Recite – Record any key facts from the questions above Review – On paper write or re-write a summary of the information from the section in your own words.
  13. 13. A.S.P.I.R.E System • • • • • • A – Approach/Attitude/Arrange – Make sure you approach your classes and studies with a positive attitude S – Select/Survey/Scan – Select a reasonable amount to study at one time – Survey the headings, graphs, and pre/post questions – Scan the text for key words P – Piece together the parts – Put aside your books and notes, and try to piece together all of the material orally or by writing I – Investigate/Inquire/Inspect – Investigate alternative sources of information (internet or library) – Inquire from professionals – Inspect what you did not understand R – Reexamine/Reflect/Relay – Reexamine the material, reflect on what it means, and relay the information to a classmate E – Evaluate/Examine/Explore – Evaluate your grades on tests and assignments – Examine the progress you are making – Explore options; tutoring, the Success Center, the Writing Center, etc…
  14. 14. Flashcards • Flashcards can be used in many different ways: – Use them in small packs of 10 or less – Increase the level of difficulty – Use small cards 3x5 are the best • • • • • Use as a note taking strategy Use as a matching game Use for a quick review Use pictures or diagrams instead of words
  15. 15. INDEX Study System • Similar to the Flashcard method, the Index Study system is used for short answer or essay answer questions. – Place the question on one side of the card then write the answer completely on the other side.
  16. 16. Memory Techniques • Acronyms – An invented or real word with each letter representing a word in a group that you need to remember. – MADS (Multiplication, Addition, Division, Subtraction) • Acrostics – A sentence created in which the first letter or each word is used to remember a word you need to learn. – Marcus And David Swim Subtraction) (Multiplication, Addition, Division, • Image Name Technique – Associate a picture with someone or something you need to remember. – David Letterman (picture an man delivering a letter)
  17. 17. Conclusion Try the other of this series: • Time Management & Organizational Skills • Note Taking • Taking Exams or Tests Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor Student Support Center – Room 123 E
  18. 18. Assignment • Create an Acronym for something you are currently studying – or • Create an Acrostic for something you are currently studying.
  19. 19. References Developing your studying method. (n.d.) Certification Crazy. Retrieved January 6, 2006 from, Doyle, B. (2004). Effective study techniques. Retrieved January 6, 2006 from Arkansas State University web site: Ellis, D. (2006). Becoming a master student. (11th ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. Landsberger, J. (2005). The SQ3R reading method. Study Guides and Strategies. Retrieved February 10, 2006 from, Lorphevre, T. (2005). Core Skills Survival Guide. Retrieved February 10, 2006 from London South Bank University Core Skills Survival Guide web site: Note taking system. (n.d). Retrieved February 10, 2006 from California Polytechnic State University web site: Richards, R. (2002). Memory strategies for students. LDOnLine. Retrieved October 4, 2005 from, Seidman, A. (2005). Program justification. Learning Support Centers in Higher Education. Retrieved February 2, 2006 from, Test taking and anxiety. (2001). Retrieved January 6, 2006 from Pennsylvania State University Learning Center web site: