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The prep study system

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The prep study system

  1. 1. Developed by Schmelzer, Christen, and Browning
  2. 2.  Preview the chapter in order to determine what it is about and how it is organized Read:  Title  Introduction or opening paragraph(s)  Headings and subheadings  Pictures, graphs, or charts  Closing paragraph or chapter summary Keep the review brief…just 2-5 minutes.
  3. 3.  Get actively involved with the text material as you read it. Focus on identifying the main ideas that the author is presenting Answer questions that you formulate as you read. This will help you feel as though you are “talking to the author” as you read. Highlight or make notes Remember the extent of your reading involvement will affect how well you understand and remember the text.
  4. 4.  As you read, you should examine the material for important information. One way to do this is by formulating and answering questions about the material as you read.  Formulate questions from the headings and then read the material that follows to find the answer  Ask yourself why or how the author reached a certain conclusion.  Ask about the author’s point of view or biases.  Ask questions about how well you understand the information
  5. 5.  After you have finished reading the chapter, you need to prompt you memory in order to prevent forgetting. Techniques for prompting:  Recitation – after you read, go back and recite important information  Overlearning – continuing to work on material even after it is learned…review, review, and review some more.  Organizing - place the material into logical groups (maybe based on headings and/or subheadings)  Mnemonics – memory techniques to aid in retrieval…they include rhymes, associations, acronyms, catchwords or catchphrases.
  6. 6.  VanBlerkom, Dianna L. College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner. 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1997. Print.

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