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  • Studyskills

    1. 1. Study Skills
    2. 2. How to manage your time more effectively <ul><li>Ownership of your time </li></ul><ul><li>Planning your schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your daily alertness pattern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow sufficient time for each aspect/subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermediate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making your schedule work! </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Avoid Distractions/Time Wasters <ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Phone – turn it off </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors – do not disturb sign </li></ul><ul><li>Clear work area of clutter </li></ul><ul><li>Ineffective planning </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of self-discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Procrastination! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Procrastination <ul><li>Why do we procrastinate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfectionism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of failure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laziness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebellion </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Tips on overcoming procrastination <ul><li>Set personal contract/goals </li></ul><ul><li>“ Five minute” Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Routine </li></ul><ul><li>Do it when you think of it! </li></ul><ul><li>Remind yourself of the consequences of procrastination </li></ul>
    6. 6. Start preparing for tests in class <ul><li>Note taking strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to every class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore listening habits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abbreviate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify main points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review notes that day </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. When to Review <ul><li>Frequently during the semester </li></ul><ul><li>Attend study sessions run by the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule several final review sessions—not one long one </li></ul><ul><li>The night before– briefly review main points and get some sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Do not study immediately before test time </li></ul>
    8. 8. Ways to improve studying <ul><li>Develop a schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Study one subject for one hour at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Keep all materials for one class in same notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Have a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Predict possible ?’s </li></ul><ul><li>Go over previous tests (if available) </li></ul><ul><li>Make Charts </li></ul>
    9. 9. Ways to improve studying--continued <ul><li>Use visual aids </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of highlighting, use SQ3R </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize, Question, Read, Recite, Review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid Cramming </li></ul><ul><li>Make information personally meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz yourself frequently and in the way you will be tested </li></ul><ul><li>Get help when struggling </li></ul>
    10. 10. Studying in Groups <ul><li>Keep groups small; 2-5 people </li></ul><ul><li>Ask each other questions </li></ul><ul><li>It’s OK to disagree. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a break when needed, whether it’s to energize or cool off after a disagreement </li></ul>
    11. 11. If you feel bogged down while studying <ul><li>Get up and move </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stretch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drink water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Then go back and review notes </li></ul>
    12. 12. Keep yourself in good shape <ul><li>Get plenty of sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Eat nutritious meals </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Take time out for fun </li></ul>
    13. 13. Where to study <ul><li>Set the right atmosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid distractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be comfortable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized work area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try to study in the same place every time – this will train your mind for “work mode” </li></ul><ul><li>Try to study under same conditions as when you will take the exam </li></ul>
    14. 14. Test Anxiety <ul><li>What causes it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“My parents have invested so much in me, I can’t let them down.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Past experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“I never do well, no matter how much I study, so why study at all?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of failure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If I don’t do well on this test, I won’t get good grades.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety <ul><li>Don’t put your whole future on the line with a single test. It’s unlikely that one test will “make or break” you </li></ul><ul><li>Learn relaxation techniques to control anxiety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep breathing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muscle relaxation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive Self-talk </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety--continued <ul><li>Don’t fall into the trap of having low expectations - Studying can bring results! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to compete with others </li></ul><ul><li>Improve concentration by using self-discipline </li></ul>
    17. 17. Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety--continued <ul><li>Budget your time during the test </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel anxious, take a mini-break to get some water or fresh air </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t change an answer unless you know your second one is correct! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t panic when you don’t know an answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate options that are incorrect and make an educated guess </li></ul></ul>

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