Study Skills

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  • study at least 2 hours for every hour in class
  • plan study time into your daily/weekly schedule
  • study as much as possible during the day
  • study every day, do not cram for exams or wait untill the last minute to complete assignments
  • attend all classes
  • sit in the front of the class
  • study in moderation, taking breaks every hour
  • study in a place that is free of distractions
  • form study teams
Before Class
  • prepare for class by teaching yourself the material
  • read "chunks" of similar material
  • determine what it is you are supposed to learn before starting to read, by previewing the section, the summary and questions
  • become actively engaged in your learning by outlining your readings
  • study for understanding, do not memorize
  • highlight in your outline any material you do not understand, write questions in the margins of your notebook
  • study the graphics in the text, write in words what the graphic illustrates
  • draw your own graphics to illustrate connections among concepts
  • write mathematical equations in your own words
In Class
  • attend all classes
  • sit up front
  • arrive early
  • review your previous class notes and reading outlines
  • get all question answered from previous classes and from your readings
  • follow the lecture using your reading outline as a guide, recording only the material that expands or clarifies your outline
  • actively participate in class
After Class
  • study the day's material as soon as possible after class
  • try to relate the new material to previous learned material
  • do homework as soon as possible
  • begin preparing for the next class

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