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The Best (and Worst) Study Habits

EThe Best (and Worst)4 STUDY HABITS Maximize Your Learning Potential, Make Studying Count. VISUAL LEARNERS CKINESTHETIC • Learn by seeing. • Learn through doing and trial-and-error. • Best understand words that evoke • Prefer hands-on approaches. images. • Respond well to demonstrations Use multiple senses • to engage with material. • Enjoy visually pleasing presentations. • Enjoy solving real-life problems. READ-WRITE LEARNERS AUDITORY LEARNERS • Learn by reading and writing. • Best understand explanations on paper/screen. • Organize thoughts and make lists. • Learn by listening and verbalizing. • Listen for keywords and phrases. • Respond well when things are explained aloud. • Translate lessons into words. • Think in a linear fashion. BEST STUDY PRACTICES FOR EACH TYPE OF LEARNER Use maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams. Record lectures and lessons and listen later. Use videos and PowerPoint presentations. Read material aloud. Record yourself reading notes and replay it later. Make and use flashcards. VISUAL LEARNERS AUDITORY LEARNERS Explain concepts aloud in your own words. Focus on titles when reading. Use word associations or mnemonic devices to help remember. Highlight and underline when reading. OJE Take notes (many and detailed). Make and use flashcards. Reword the notes in different ways of saying the same thing. Study with others and exchange ideas. Create and use bulleted lists. Study in short blocks. READ-WRITE LEARNERS Translate diagrams or charts into a verbal or written summary. KINESTHETIC LEARNERS Use examples when taking notes. Write questions based on the material and answer those questions. Feel free to doodle while studying. TIPS AND TRICKS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS 回 目 TEACHER 2 3 31 D 3 WRITE DOWN EVERY ASSIGNMENT, DUE DATE, TEST DATE, ETC REMEMBER TO HAND IN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR TEACHER Use a planner or calendar and set timely alerts. Ask your instructor questions and write down the responses. Submit them on time and completed. Be respectful and don't ask for Make sequential to-do lists for each project. Make sure you followed instructions and didn't merely write about the topic. last-minute extensions. 5 ORGANIZE WITH ESTABLISH A STUDY REVIEW THE SYLLABUS COLOR ZONE EARLY AND OFTEN Use a color-coded system to keep assignments and ideas organized. Find a place to study that fits your specific personality and learning style. Become familiar with the plan for the course. Get your textbooks before classes begin and skim through them. Make it fun, something that Make it comfortable but doesn't feel like a chore. not so comfortable that you nap there. 8 O 9 TAKE QUICK NOTES IN CLASS READ THE MATERIAL PAY ATΤΕΝΤΙOΝ ТO ЕMPHASIS Don't get bogged down writing everything the professor says. Don't think that listening to the professor is a substitute for doing the reading. Listen for the points that the professor stresses or repeats. Look for bold words and Don't take notes on what's sidebars in the textbook. Stay on top of the reading so you don't find yourself struggling to catch up. already in the textbooks. 12 11 GIVE EACH CLASS AT MAKE STUDYING SOCIAL PLAN, PLAN, PLAN LEAST ONE HOUR PER DAY OF STUDY Read/study for at least one hour every day before the Look for relevant study groups or create one. Budget your breaks in terms of duration and frequency. next class meets. Explain the material in your own words and listen to others in their descriptions. Weekends are not free; if you have a party Saturday night, study during the day. For each lecture hour, budget at least 1-3 hours needed for study. 13 D 14 DON'T BLOW IT OFF TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF Study daily so you're not cramming last-minute before a test. Adopt good habits that will contribute to successful study: Eat right, get enough sleep, take breaks, stretch and get exercise, laugh, meet new people. Start your paper shortly after the assignment and chip away until it's due. STUDY HABITS TO AVOID (TIME/ENERGY WASTERS) Now that you know some best practices, you're ready for some that might seem like good ideas but actually suck your time and energy. AVOID THE FOLLOWING: TRYING TO TAKE HIGHLIGHTING OVERKILL NOTES ON EVERYTHING Don't try to write everything the instructor says. It's not all equally important and you'll fall behind quickly. Don't forget to actively listen while taking notes. You know what happens when you highlight everything? It's like highlighting nothing. If everything is emphasized, nothing stands out. REWRITING FOR THE SAKE OF REREADING IN BELIEF THAT MORE REWRITING WILL SINK IN Rewriting notes can be helpful but only if you translate the concept into your own words so that you really understand it and can explain it. Rereading an entire chapter is just repetition; try one time of reading closely and rereading tricky sentences as you come across them. campusbooks BROUGHT BY: SOURCES: • • • • • • • •

The Best (and Worst) Study Habits

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Have you ever wondered why you do so well in certain classes or subjects and why you abysmally lousy at others? We all know we all learn differently and we have strengths and weaknesses. But when it c...




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