N.Sudheer KumarM.A., M.Phil.
STUDENT ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Improving Your Study Skills
Find a good study environment
Take notes accurately and effectively
Learn to say ‘NO’
Make a timetable
Plan most demanding activities for the
times when you work best
Fit short tasks into spare moments in the
Be realistic - don’t try to achieve the
Prioritise important and urgent tasks
Avoid Time Wasters:
Lack of self-
Why do we
Fear of failure
Tips on overcoming
Break large tasks into small manageable
Work on difficult or unpleasant tasks first.
Reward yourself when you complete a
Try to study at the same times each day
Keep regular study
Be comfortable, but not
Use a clean, clear work
Assemble all required
Limit distractions –
S = Survey
Look for structure & organization
Q = Question
Turn each heading into question
3 R’s = Read, Recite, & Review
Read to answer above question
Recite the answer to question
Review – immediate & delayed
“What we learn with
pleasure we never
Organized notes help you better understand the
important concepts and ideas of the subject
Taking notes help you concentrate instead of
Physically recording the information can help in
incorporating it into memory.
Taking Notes- Advantages
THE CORNELL NOTE TAKING
after class into
a few words.
Record the lectures as fully as
Reduce the main
points of this page of
your lecture notes.
•Record in Class
•During the lecture, write as many facts
as you can.
•Use shorthand to get the full idea.
•Leave spaces between ideas so you
can fill in more later
Recalling what you wrote in your notes, write
questions in the Recall column of your
notes to quiz yourself on the material.
Write your questions as close as possible to
the beginning of the section in your notes you
are quizzing yourself on.
Write a question for each new idea presented
in your notes.
The questions you write in the Recall column
will become your best method for checking
what you have learned
Reduce after class
As soon after class as possible,
summarize these ideas and facts in as
few words as possible in the Reduce
This helps show relationships between
points and strengthens memory.
It also prepares you for exams gradually
and well ahead of time.
Learning is all about remembering