DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS
Mayland Community College
S.O.A.R. Program Revised April 2002
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Did you ever stop to wonder what sets apart the really successful students from the average ones? Why do some students who appear to study all the time just get by, while others who don’t appear to put in as much time and effort do well? Is it all related to IQ and genetics or are some other factors involved? The truth is that success in school is not so much determined by sheer intelligence as knowing how to study. Studying is a skill. Being successful in school requires a high level of study skills. Students must first learn these skills, practice them and develop ...view middle of the document...
.. I usually approach studying with a positive attitude. fair 1 hr. true true true poor 2 hrs. more than 2 hrs. false false false
In what ways could you improve your study habits? _________________________ ____________________________________________________________
YOUR LEARNING PREFERENCE
Knowing how you learn best is the first step in developing effective study habits. Every student approaches the task of learning differently. Every student has a unique and personal learning style or a preferred channel through which learning comes more easily. Ask yourself the following: Am I more inclined to remember something better when I see it, when I hear it, or when I experience it or do something active with it? Depending on how you learned the activity or game, you will have a fair idea of what learning channel – visual (by sight), auditory (by hearing), or hands on (by doing)—you prefer to use. We all use all three learning channels. In fact, we use all our senses in learning about the world around us, but each of us has a tendency to lean more heavily on one of the three learning channels – visual, auditory, or hands on. You can improve your study habits by developing all three learning channels.
TO IMPROVE AS A VISUAL LEARNER…
visualize what you are studying use color in your notes (colored pens, highlighters, etc.) visualize what the instructor is lecturing about draw pictures and diagrams use mind maps in your notes use picture and graphics to reinforce learning learn from videos
TO IMPROVE AS AN AUDITORY LEARNER…
listen to tapes of recorded assignments tape record your own textbook reading read out loud talk over ideas from class and what you are studying with other students participate in class discussions listen to audiotapes on the subject
TO IMPROVE AS A HANDS ON LEARNER…
stand up and move around while you are studying take frequent breaks while studying make use of your hands and write things down as you study use the computer to reinforce learning be physically active; experiment with objects memorize or drill while walking or exercising 3
WHEN TO STUDY
Study begins on the first day of class. Successful students read and review notes before each class to recall information from the previous class and to warm up for learning. Review your notes immediately after each class to reinforce learning or within a 24-hour period for best recall. Repeated exposure to the material will store it in your long-term memory. Studying one hour immediately after a class will do more good in developing an understanding of the material as several hours a few days later. Studies show that as much as 80 % of material learned in class is forgotten within 24 hours if there is no review.
At the end of the week go over your notes for the week. This refreshes your memory and promotes better recall of the material. Repetition is the key to remembering....