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  1. 1. Statistcs in having a study habitAccording to the poll conducted by the news group in June, morestudents procrastinate on school work. Of 37 students interviewed,81.1 percent say they wait until the last minute to finish homework orstudy before a test. The other 18.9 percent say they tackle homeworkas soon as possible.Brittney Hobart, student at SPSCC, tries to get things done as soon asshe can.“I don’t procrastinate because I feel it’s better to pace it out and get itdone continually, starting as soon as it’s assigned, so I don’t have torush it at the end,” she said.
  2. 2. The survey also found that most students study an average of 0-14hours each week. Of students polled, 70.2 percent said they studybetween five and 14 hours each week and 18.9 percent study underfour hours. Only 10.8 percent of students study more than 15 hourseach week and 5.4 percent claim to study between 30-34 hours eachweek.by Amanda Frank, Serena Imani Korn, and Noah Lundquist
  3. 3. (5)“How to Study in College”written by Mark Silver for usnews.com offers 14 study tips from recentcollege graduates across the United States.1. Find your style – Figure out how you learn best.2. Maintain a good sleep schedule – Go to bed at midnightinstead of three a.m.3. Time management – Watching nine hours of youtube videos isnot going to help you ace your exam the next day.4. Find a study place – Find a place to study that works best for youand allows you to focus.5. Keep up with textbooks – Stay on top of reading assignmentsand complete the reading before class, so you understand what theteacher is talking about.6. Be a smart note taker – Don’t worry about writing down eachword your professor says. Find out if there are PowerPoint slides oroutlines you can get a copy of.7. Forget the facts – There’s more to learning than just knowing orwriting down facts. Make sure you know what the facts mean.Comprehension is everything.8. Group therapy – If studying alone isn’t working, find a studygroup. But not a group of your best friends. Find a group that ismotivating and dedicated to learning the material.
  4. 4. 9. Leave the laptop at home – Unless you need it for studying. Ifyou bring your laptop to campus, keep it out of the classroom.Otherwise it may distract you.10. Quantity can equal quality – When prepping for a test, do asyou were taught early on – do your work. Finishing your homeworkand sample problems can only benefit you.11. Get motivated – No one knows you better than you. Figure outwhat you need, and don’t need, and apply it.12. Do not fear your professor – Teachers are generally willing tohelp you and should not be viewed as the enemy. They are there toshare their knowledge and expertise with you.13. Colleges will hold your hand – Don’t be afraid to ask for help.Colleges have many resources available to make your collegeexperience the best it can be. Use them.14. Don’t over do it – Studying too much is just as bad as notstudying enough. Give yourself breaks, your brain needs time toprocess and store the information.http://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2008/08/21/advice-on-how-to-study-in-college?PageNr=1
  5. 5. Most Common Bad Study HabitsThis section should be pre-empted by noting thateveryone has a different study habit. It is important tofind your personal best way to study, as you may hatemusic, while others love it. The following list is ageneralization of all problems that students haveencountered while studying. Some may apply to you,while others not. Either way, we have provided anexplanation and "fix" to the problem. 1. Studying with Friends 1. Explanation: While fun, sometimes you may lose out on quality study time by socializing. 2. Fix: Find one good study-buddy if you like group studying. Otherwise, "just say no" when everyone wants to study together. Too much Music 0. Explanation: Noise and music can interfere with the brains abilite to comprehend new information. It can also distract you from focusing on the material at hand. 1. Fix: If you need music in the background, find a specific type (usually classical) that works well for you. Dont keep changing it around. When there are no lyrics, then it is easier to focus on the words on the paper in your hand.
  6. 6. Bad Environment0. Explanation: A poor study environment can ruin all quality time. If you are uncomfortable at a chair, desk, room, the temperature is too cold or too hot, you will be unsuccessful studying.1. Fix: Test out different sites until you find the best place for you. It may be the library, it may be your room, your bed, your best friends backhouse. Who knows? Find what works best for you and stick with it.Last Minute Cramming0. Explanation: While many people swear by the cramming method, it is ultimately terrible at long term knowledge retention and can cause undue stress.1. Fix: Study for days up until the test. Or, if you do prefer cramming, try cramming two nights prior to the exam so that the final night will not consist of stress. Rather it will be a night for review.Eating0. Explanation: Eating too much food during studying can disrupt retention of material. It can also take too much time away. You may want to snack lightly during studying, but not eat enormous meals.1. Fix: Keep a small bag of snacks by your study area. You wont have to leave the area just to pick up food when you get hungry.
  7. 7. Drinking0. Explanation: Drinking is a double-edged sword. Never drink alcohol while studying. However, it is important to stay awake and hydrated.1. Fix: Have a glass of water (or soda with caffeine) by your side. Be very careful not to spill it onto your books and papers.Working in your Bed0. Explanation: While it may be comfortable, your bed can also sooth you to sleep instead of study.1. Fix: Sit at a desk in your room instead of on your bed. Do not study on your bed late at night, as you will be tempted to fall asleep.Multi-Tasking0. Explanation: Many people are able to multi- task, meaning they can do several different things at once. This can be good for daily tasks. When it comes to studying, you may not retain as much material as if you were to focus purely on one task.1. Fix: Before a big exam, drop everything else for at least 24 hours and focus purely on the studying. When it is complete, you can return to your multi-tasking.
  8. 8. Studying during a commute0. Explanation: Many people enjoy reading on a train, bus, or car to work and school. These environments are wonderful for light reads, but not necessarily for intense studying.1. Fix: Use the commute (if you have one) for light studying, such as memorization, repetition, and review. Do not use this time to learn new information.Outside Stress0. Explanation: It is inevitable to allow outside problems into your study world. They exist and cannot be turned off light electricity. 1. Fix: There is no perfect way out of eliminating outside stress to a study area. The best advice we can give you is to find a location that eliminates all superficial stress enough that will allow you even a few hours to focus on writing, studying, reviewing.
  9. 9. (1)IMPORTANCE OF STUDY HABITWithout good study habits, a student cannot succeed. To succeed,students must be able to appropriately assimilate course content,digest it, reflect on it, and be able to articulate that information inwritten and/or oral form. Key, is the ability to acquire effective studyskills. Many people feel the hours of study are the most important.However, students can study for hours on end and retain very little.The more appropriate question is, "how can students study moreeffectively?" Some issues students must consider are as follows.Students need to develop good time management skills. They mustrealize there is a time to be in class, a time for study, time for family,time to socialize, and time to just be alone. The critical issue isrecognition that there must be an appropriate balance.Students should acquire a vision; A clearly articulate picture of thefuture they intend to create for them selves. This will promote apassion for what they wish to do. Passion is critical and leads to anintense interest, dedication, and commitment to achieving career goalsand objectives.The student must choose the best study schedule, a time they feel iscomfortable, and in a place where there is little distraction.The student must take notes on the subject matter and rehearse themfrequently.Students should not study hours on end. One should study 30 to 45minutes then take a short break. Eat a snack, have a cup of coffee,play with the dog, etc., then return to study. This refreshes the mind,and often issues that may have been confusing before, becomesuddenly clear.The student must develop good critical thinking skills, takingeverything into consideration particular to the subject matter.Students must not be afraid to ask for help when they have a problemunderstanding the subject matter. They need to do it immediately andnot after days have gone by. They should not feel apprehensive to ask
  10. 10. a faculty member, a friend, or go to the academic learning center at the school. Thus, it is not so much a question of hard study, but how to study in smart fashion. The bottom line is that the student must take responsibility and ownership over their study habits. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_study_habits_important (2) Study Habit Tips As soon as you create the study schedule that works for you, stick with it until it becomes a habit. They say it takes 21 to 30 days to make a habit. After you push through this window, most likely you will find it easier to study and stay motivated. Be consistent with your schedule every day. If you are not consistent then the habit you created will not stick and you will end up taking two steps backwards. Work your way up to your goal. A good window for successful studying is about two hours a day. If you find that this is very difficult for you to do, try at least 45 minutes a day and then add 5 minutes a day to that schedule until you achieve at least two hours a day. Post-It notes may need to become your best friend for those reminders to study. Stick a note in places that you look at every day like the bathroom mirror, the fridge, etc. Get yourself a study buddy. Some moms may find this as a distraction but others thrive on having a study buddy to make it more interesting. Establish some sort of ritual that will trigger you to automatically get into your study hot spot. A good example would be to study after dinnertime every day. Moms aren’t perfect.  Be prepared that it will take motivation and discipline and slip ups until you are able to establish a solid study routine.
  11. 11.  Use positive language like “I can do this.” If you are always saying “I can’t do this” then your plans to succeed will be hindered and you will most likely fail in your attempts to achieve stellar study habits. Remove all distractions from your study area to avoid any temptations. Try to study in a place that does not have a TV, etc. http://www.classesandcareers.com/education/2011/09/22/how-to-make-good-study-habits-stick/ (3) Developing Good Study Habits - 18 keys to successful study Developing good study habits mean you use your time well. Time is the most valuable resource you have; but its easy to waste. Improving your time management means you can decrease the time it takes to do your work and stillincrease the quality of what you produce. Less is more. This is about developing good study habits, not skills. Skills make you betterat studying; effective study habits make you better for studying. Below are some of the best ways you can support your studies: 1. Best time of day. When do you work best? Are you an early bird, night owl, or something in between? Find your rhythm, then plan to study at your most productive time.
  12. 12. 2. Plan. The next day, week, term or semester. Whatever time frames you use, time you invest to plan will pay for itself many times over. Speculate to accumulate.3. Ask questions. Of all the good study habits you can develop, this one is key. Just ask. If you don’t tend to do this, remember: success is defined by the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have.4. Get, then stay, organized. Arrange your space, stuff, time and technology so they help, rather than hurt you. Once you learnhow to get organized, make sure you stay that way.5. Lower your resistance. One of the biggest time wasting ‘enemies’ you face? You! Part of you knows you should study, but another part of you wants to have some fun now. Learn how overcoming procrastination daily can make all the difference.6. Practice the law of the farm. Stephen Covey suggests that it’s better to study in the right season of time rather than cramming it all in at the last minute. A farmer can’t cram with crops. It has to be done in it’s season. Cramming may or may not get the grades, but it won’t get you an education.7. Manage your time-wasters. Wasting time online often leaves you feeling bad afterwards. The worst thing to do to stop is to try and stop! Go ‘cold turkey’, and sooner or later you’ll cave in. Give yourself permission to waste time. Make it a priority, even. This reduces the thrill of what you shouldn’t be doing.8. Look at your goal. One simple but highly effective habit is to constantly remind yourself what you’re studying for. Your dream grade, posted on the wall next to your bed or computer means you’ll see and think about it daily. In fact, of all the tips on setting goals, this ones a must do.9. Do the worst first. Each day, break off a bit of your hardest task. First thing is often the best time to do this. It limits the effect of the task on your mind if you do it early. You also get to feel good all day because its done.
  13. 13. 10. Isolate yourself. Turn your communications off when you study. Even better, put them out of site. If your phone rings or an email announces itself, what happens? Many people struggle withmanaging interruptions like these, and... work grinds to a halt.11. Finish wanting more. We all crave completion on anything, so leave yourself ‘high and dry’. If you stop working at a natural break, it’s nice and neat, but harder to start up again. Finish in the middle of a sente… ...and you’ll want to come back to it... ...nce.12. Time box it. Give a task a block or box of time to get it started. It needs to be short enough not to put you off, even if it’s a few minutes. Often, the thought of starting is the problem. But once you do, it’s easier to keep going. Enough time boxed sessions will mean you finish it. Learn how to avoid procrastination by time boxing.13. Use capture tools. Capture thoughts, ideas and concepts before they vanish into the ether. Better time management for studentswith good study habits depends on time management tools that are simple to use, easy to access and consistently work as a way to capture information that would otherwise be lost. The key word there? ‘Use’.14. Drink water. Stay topped up with enough to concentrate fully. Keep a bottle nearby, because good study habits depend on hydration.15. Add on. Tack on a pre-study task to prepare yourself. The more your senses engage with this, the more effective it is. This is especially true with the sense of smell. A certain odour (preferably pleasant!) can become a powerful anchor for developing good study habits.
  14. 14. 16. Sell it to yourself. Thoughts become things or, to put it another way, we do what we think about. The see-your-goal example above is a simple way to start the process of marketing to yourself. Visual images, such as posters, have an impact, as does your language. If you’ve ‘got‘ to work, it’s less than appealing than if you ‘want’ to.17. Practice selective listening. Listening is tough. When you do listen, do so really well. Identify the 20% of whats said that matters, and take it in. Use whatever capture tool you like - justdo it.18. Do something for someone else. Help someone else, and you reinforced your own understanding. Ideally this will be with another student, but it doesn’t have to be. You could even explain it to yourself in the mirror. Just make sure there is no one else in the house if you do:)http://www.time-management-success.com/good-study-habits.html