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Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills


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Learning Objective: Assess methods for improving study skills

Learning to study effectively is a skill that benefits everyone, even the smartest in the class. When polled, most college students would agree that when they started college, they did not know how to properly study. In this seminar, we will address preparatory study principles, such as setting goals, knowing your learning style, being an active reader, participating in study groups, organizing your notes and study materials, and writing drafts of papers, that can help all students improve their study skills and perform better.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Identify the traits of successful studying candidates.
b. Generate methods for achieving successful studying habits.
c. Outline methods for implementing successful studying techniques.

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Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills

  1. 1. Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills Dr. Jerrod. A. Henderson Mr. Ricky P. Greer Mrs. Alana D. Murphy
  2. 2. Overview • Panelist Introductions • Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills 2
  3. 3. Panelist Introductions 3 • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Maryland College Park • Raytheon Company • Department Manager • Graduate- Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program • B.S. History - Tuskegee University • University of Houston • Higher Education Graduate Student • Urban Experience Program- Student Advisor • SEBA • Co-Founder • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – University of Illinois • University of Houston • Director- Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies • Instructional Assistant Professor
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  5. 5. Think-Pair-Share • List 1 academic challenge you’ve faced so far in college? • With a partner come up with 1 thing you can do/have done to overcome this challenge. 5
  7. 7. Foundational Principles • Familiarize yourself with terminology • Acculturation • Memorization strategies • Application 7 Concepts, Content, Theories Apply strategies
  8. 8. Avoid Procrastination Manage your time wisely •You want to avoid: • Cramming sessions and sleepless nights • Distractions (people, places, things) • Stress and frustration Why do we procrastinate? 8
  9. 9. 9 Maximize your free time! When should you work ahead? • In between classes • When you do not have many assignments • When you have no clubs/extracurricular activity meetings (or cancelled meetings) • Weekends Work Ahead
  10. 10. Pointers for Studying • Develop a study schedule • Select a study location • Assess knowledge of course material • Organize and review notes • Brainstorm possible test questions 10 Discover what techniques work for you
  11. 11. 11 Actively Read Textbooks • Key signifiers • Work through example problems • Write down questions & thoughts • Take notes Reading reinforces material covered in class
  12. 12. Group Study Study in Groups But that does not mean you can copy each other’s work! That equals cheating! 12
  13. 13. Benefits of Studying in Groups • Decreases procrastination & Increases student motivation • Learn from peers • Setting Up and Solving Problems • New Study Skills/Techniques • Breaks the Monotony • Prepares you for your professional career 13
  14. 14. Establishing a Study Group • Choose members wisely • Limit group to 4-6 members • Meet to establish logistics • Create agenda for meetings • Schedule meeting time(s) & location(s) • Set expectations 14
  15. 15. Preparing for Exams & Quizzes • Be honest with yourself • Review class notes and text books • Attend study sessions (if offered) • Resolve all questions • Create a practice exam (time yourself taking the test) • Mentally prepare (relax, sleep, eat) 15
  16. 16. Seek Help & Advice • Seeking help is not bad! • Don’t procrastinate when you need help • Where to go when you need help • Learning resource centers • Professors • Teaching Assistants • Counseling • Personal tutors 16
  17. 17. • Carve out time to plan • Write and review goals • Keep goals visible and review them often • Update your action plan 17 Action Plans & Goal Setting “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” - Benjamin Franklin