How Long Should I Study For?

Let’s consider two typical college students.  Mary feels passionate about getting an “A” on the next economics test.  So for one week solid, she studies in three hour increments.  She scarcely takes a break during these marathon study sessions. Yet, to her exasperation, she still only manages to get a C+.

Rodney is in the same economics class.  He has spent the past four weeks studying class material, about 45 minutes a day, in 20 minute chunks, separated by a five minute break.  To some people’s amazement, he gets A-Pluses regularly, and he did so on the economics test.
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Improving Your Study Skills – Tips and Strategy!

How to you Rate Your Study Skills?

To be honest, even if you’re a good study-er, you’ve probably not really taken time to think about what it is that makes your study skills so much better than your friends’.  It’s just one of those things where some students seem to naturally grasp what’s needed to study effectively, without even thinking about what they’re doing differently.  However, when an outsider looks at the person with excellent study skills and compares him or her to others, there are certain common elements.  Here is a look at the traits that can change you from being a good study-er to being a great one. Continue reading “Improving Your Study Skills – Tips and Strategy!”

Better Textbook Reading Skills

Reading a textbook is not like reading a novel.  A whole different kind of reading has to be  employed to really understand the material.  To study your books effectively and be ready for your class exams, try the following suggestions.

– Don’t just read it; re-read it. You’ll find that the material often gets easier to understand the second time around.  Many people complain that they get confused by textbooks when they read it the first time.  Don’t stress out if you don’t think you’ve grasped it all that first time.  Just take a short rest and then go back to read it again.  And if you still don’t get it, read it a third time. Continue reading “Better Textbook Reading Skills”

Advice for the Memory Intensive Course

Not every course is as tough as the next. Some require little more than faithful attendance to pass.  This is especially true of many general education courses taken during your freshman year.  But there are others that are killer courses. These are usually the ones that make you memorize a ton of material from lectures, textbooks and your notes. Continue reading “Advice for the Memory Intensive Course”

Memorization Tips and Strategy

In many ways, study skills are synonymous with memory skills.  Your study will only get you better test grades if it leads to your memorizing the material for which you’ll be quizzed.  So let’s take a look at some tips that are sure to improve your memory and make your study time more effective. Continue reading “Memorization Tips and Strategy”

Time Management for Students

Time. It’s a funny concept. We are always saying we don’t have time, yet we have the same amount each day. We also have the same amount as everybody else. So why is it that some people seem to have more of it than others? These same people always seem to get their tasks done and more, and rarely complain about lack of time. What do they have that you don’t? The answer is good time management. It’s not that these people live in some sci-fi world where they are magically given a few extra hours each day, they simply manage the time they have in a useful and effective way. This article will help you make better use of your time, making your learning ad recalling of information far more efficient.

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How to Study from Textbooks

The Complete Guide to Studying Text Books

The reading of textbooks is an integral and unavoidable part of your college education. Although in the classroom a teacher may cover much of the content of the subject matter, many of the details of the topic will be fleshed out from your textbook. Unfortunately much of the material you will encounter in a textbook can be dry, making it difficult to stay focused and study. Concentration is essential to your success in the class.

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Study Strategies for Reading Novels

How to Study a Novel

From high school to college, novels are a crucial part of the learning experience. Reading novels not only teach us about different worlds, eras, and people, but they also encourage us to explore our imagination. Novels can also be fun! For these reasons, they are an integral part of a proper education. It’s important not to be intimidated by the language and issues in novels. Instead, focus on what you do know, and practice strategies that can help you navigate the text. We have compiled a list of tactics for you to use alongside reading.

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Tips for Improving College Study Skills

Freshman year in colleges is also known as the academic baptism of fire; you find yourself thrust into a pool seemingly populated by nothing other than big fishes. Once you get into College – that is just the start – you will have to write many college exams in the course of your academic career.  Here are some tips for improving college study skills. Continue reading “Tips for Improving College Study Skills”

How to Create a Productive Study Space

In order to understand and retain information, you need to be able to concentrate on what you are studying. This is dependent on you studying in an area that is suited to your learning needs and style, which makes creating a productive study space is an essential element of studying well.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to help you create a productive study space:

Identify your needs. Some people need absolute quiet when they are studying, while others prefer to have music playing in the background. You know what you need to help you concentrate and stay focused, so set up your study area accordingly.  See our Study Skills Checklist

Set up a study place that is equipped for studying. Pens, pencils, paper, calculator, pencil sharpener and other supplies should be within easy access of your study area. If you need to get up and move elsewhere every time you need something, you will not be able to stay focused on studying.   For teachers see our Effective Study Skills Lesson Plan or the Study Environment worksheet

Be consistent. Use the same study area every day, and try to study at the same time each day. This establishes a connection between the time and space and studying, and going to your study space at the same time every day will become habit. Use your study area only for studying and you will associate that place with studying. That will help you stay focused on your studies while you are there.Make sure your study area is a place where you can relax, yet stay focused. Your bedroom may seem like a great place to study, but you may doze off continuously while studying there

Set up study rules. If you study better at certain times or when you are able to take short breaks, then make that part of your study rules. Make sure others realize that’s part of your study routine.

Use study totems. Athletes have lucky socks or lucky shorts. You can have a study hat or study scarf. You can use a figurine, a toy, or any other type of object as your study totem. When it is time to study, put on your study item or set out your study totem. A study item or study totem helps you study in two ways:

Once others understand what your study item or totem means, seeing it will tell them you are studying so they will not interrupt you.

When you start having trouble concentrating, you can look at your study item or totem instead of staring into space. It helps refocus your mind on the task at hand.

Your study area should be comfortable. The temperature should not be too hot or too cold. Make sure your chair is comfortable and you have room to wiggle your toes. Being confined or uncomfortable will become a distraction during a study session.

Establishing good study habits begins with setting up a productive study space. Your space should meet your needs, and personalizing it is always a good option. When you have a space used only for studying, it is easier for you to concentrate on the materials and ignore or avoid distractions.