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Essay 1 study skills by yassine ait hammou


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Essay 1 study skills by yassine ait hammou

  1. 1. Ibn Zohr University 2012-2013Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences E-learning: Study SkiilsDepartment of English Coordinator: Dr. Youssef TamerTEFL & ICT Master Program Essay 1: Word Cloud (Study Skills) By way of introduction, I would like to point out that the ultimate purpose ofuniversity students today is being Successful and their main concern is how to attain successthe best way possible though It is a well-known fact that no two students study the sameway and what works for a student may not necessarily work for the other. However, broadlyspeaking, there are some effective study skills which are essential not only for students’better academic achievement at university but also for improving learning throughout theirwhole lives. Time management, note-taking and study group are intriguingly essential in thisregard. It is worth stating from the outset that time management is a key factor behind anysuccess. Students who are aware of the value and importance of time are likely to seizeevery minute of their life for the sake of their studies. Being able to wisely manage timebrings about fruitful results ahead. Effective time management skill helps students organizetheir time on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This is goes hand in hand with “scheduling”,since schedule saves time, their study time vis-à-vis their other life priorities and concerns.To illustrate, students can use a schedule to divide their timing to several sub-parts; time forpreparing for classes, time for revision, time for doing assignments, time for library, researchand readings, time for relaxation…etc. Students who care about managing their study timeare students who learn comfortably and score higher on their exams. Everybody has equally24 hours per day, but not everyone makes the most of this same amount of time! Timemanagement is a magic stick which paves the way for students to meet their academicobjectives and end up their studies with “flying colors”. It should also be stressed that beside time management, note-taking could beconsidered as a vital study tip for a better understanding of the course. University studentsshould be used to the habit of note-taking while in class. Most of classes and courses at theuniversity are based on lecturing. Thus, students should be equipped with effective note-taking skills as well as listening skills to make the most of the class. With the fact that inevery class, lecture and book or reference there is a big deal of information that studentscannot memorize for a short term, let alone a long one, note-taking solves this serious issue.Therefore, students are advised to keep up using a good notebook for this purpose. They canalso use dividers to separate the different subjects or classes they have for betterorganization. It should be noted here that note-taking is meant to record the most important Done by Yassine AIT HAMMOU
  2. 2. Ibn Zohr University 2012-2013Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences E-learning: Study SkiilsDepartment of English Coordinator: Dr. Youssef TamerTEFL & ICT Master Programinformation. So, when students record almost everything they are exposed to in class orduring the lecture, that is no more considered as note-taking! Using colors, abbreviations,symbols, diagrams, word-webs…while taking notes would make students notes wellarranged, clear, feasible and easy to go through and understand at a later time. Effective useof note-taking technique would surely reduce the loads of work for students when test andexams get closer. It also saves more energy and time as well. Learning how to do a goodnote-taking is relatively easy, but applying it to students studying context depends on howserious, ready, consistent and determined they are to become successful learners. Like time management and note-taking, study or discussion group is of paramountimportance when it comes to students study skills. Study group is a crucial platform forstudents to share their knowledge, information and ideas regarding the course, subjects andclasses they are enrolled in be it concrete or virtual. It is also a space for getting exposed tonew perspectives, observing new study methods, breaking the monotony, filling the learninggaps and so learning faster. To widely benefit from all these advantages and qualities thestudy group skill offers, students are called upon to wisely select their study group membersbased on reasonable criteria like seriousness, hard work and commitment. They are also topreviously set the objectives to meet and rules to abide by for the sake of the continuity andquality of the study group. Thus, students can do different tasks collaboratively andcooperatively like revision, doing assignments, research, note-taking sharing, discussing andpreparing and studying for exams. Having study groups at regular times per week helpsstudents share their strengths and address their weaknesses with each other regarding theknowledge and skills. Study groups give room for mutual educational help, valuableexchange of ideas and learning styles and collaborative preparation space for tests andexams. This brings us to the conclusion that time management, note-taking and study groupare but some of the crucial, numerous and varied study skills that university students,nowadays, need to master and be equipped with more than ever. Students can select theeffective study skills which suit their learning style best. Students’ willingness, seriousnessand hard work account for the effectiveness or the failure of certain study skills. Learningabout them is somehow easy, but applying them to students educational contexts andsituations depends on the latter’s determination to achieve success the best way possible. Done by Yassine AIT HAMMOU