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Student Study Skills

Here you'll find practical applications of the On Course Principles. Each strategy has the purpose of empowering students to become active, responsible learners. http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Student Success Strategies.htm

Critical Thinking is "the careful, deliberate determination of whether we should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim, and the degree of confidence with which we accept or reject it."http://www.studygs.net/crtthk.htm

The art or practice of concentration, no matter if studying biology or playing pool, is to eliminate distraction and focus on the task at hand. If you find that you read through material and suddenly discover that you have no idea about what you've just read, or if you attend lectures and have difficulty paying attention to what is being said, these tips may help: http://www.studygs.net/concen.htm

There are a few ways to memorize effectively. http://www.studygs.net/memory.htm

How to Organize the study projects http://www.studygs.net/orgstr1.htm

When we learned as infants and children, thinking aloud or saying what we are thinking (private speech), was accepted as a way of demonstrating our knowledge, or of opening ourselves to "get it right."  We sounded out words, expressed ideas, formed sentences.  When corrected, we practiced until we imitated correctly, or conformed to the model of our family, neighborhood, school, etc. http://www.studygs.net/thinkingaloud.htm

When your group controls the (learning) process, your learning is faster, more relevant, and sustained. Assessment is built into your group's competency and control. http://www.studygs.net/groupprojects.htm

If procrastination is a habit of yours, forget it. Focus on the tasks and project at hand, and build from there! http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm

"M.U.R.D.E.R." A Study System http://www.studygs.net/murder.htm

A tutor provides expertise, experience, and encouragement. They do not provide "answers," but rather assist in problem solving, in getting answers. The challenge is to focus on assignments within the context they are assigned.  http://www.studygs.net/tutoring.htm

There is a skill how to take notes from a textbook. http://www.studygs.net/booknote.htm

There is an explanation about how to read an essay. http://www.studygs.net/reading_essays.htm

Time scheduling will not make you a perfectly efficient person. Very few people can rigorously keep a detailed schedule day after day over a long period of time. In fact, many students who draw up a study schedule and find themselves unable to stick to it become impatient and often give up the scheduling idea completely.http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/htimesug.html

To assess where your time goes, complete the inventory below. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/TMInteractive.html

Being successful at the university level will probably require a more careful and effective utilization of time than the student has ever achieved before. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/htimesch.html

The use of acronyms can be helpful when a list of facts or sequence of items must be remembered. An acronym is a word or phrase made from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/acronyms.html

First make a print out of this document. Using your printout, read each statement and consider how it applies to you. If it does apply to you, check Y. If it does not apply to you, check N. The purpose of this inventory is to find out about your own study habits and attitudes. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/checklis.html

Set aside a place for study and study only! Divide your work into small, short-range goals. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/concentr.html

As long as you are going to study, you may as well use the best possible environment. Of course, it should be reasonably quiet and relatively free of distractions like radio, TV, and people. But that is not absolutely necessary. Several surveys suggest that 80% of a student's study is done in his or her own room, not in a library or study hall.http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/control.html

The Cornell system for taking notes is designed to save time but yet be highly efficient. There is no rewriting or retyping of your notes. It is a "DO IT RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE" system. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/cornell.html

There are several good reasons for organizing and reviewing your notes as soon as possible after the lecture. A method of annotation is usually preferable to recopying notes. The following suggestions for annotating may be helpful: http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/editing.html

To Read Essays You Must Analyze, Take a pencil in your hand...http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/essays.html

It is your responsibility to make college a growth experience for you. The following suggestions and resources may be helpful. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/motivate.html

Adequate notes are a necessary adjunct to efficient study and learning in college. Think over the following suggestions and improve your note- taking system where needed. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/notetake.html

Proofreading is not an innate ability; it is an acquired skill. The following exercises will help you master it, or at any rate will impress you with how difficult it is. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/proofing.html

You will never get from skimming what reading and study can give you, but it is a very practical way of dealing with the mass of books available to you. By skimming you can get, often with surprising accuracy, a general sense of the contents of a book. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/readbook.html

Other kinds of memory have their place and it is important for the student to know when to stop with the general idea and when to fix in mind the exact words, numbers, and symbols. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/remember.html

Skimming involves searching for the main ideas by reading the first and last paragraphs, noting other organizational cues, such as summaries, used by the author. Scanning involves running your eyes down the page looking for specific facts or key words and phrases. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/skimming.html

SURVEY - gather the information necessary to focus and formulate goals. QUESTION - help your mind engage and concentrate. READ - fill in the information around the mental structures you've been building. RECITE - retain your mind to concentrate and learn as it reads. REVIEW - refine your mental organization and begin building memory. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/sq3r.html

A. Translate the questions into your own words. B. Read each option carefully. C. Use a strategy. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/strategi.html

Study Environment Analysis On the Internet. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/studydis.html

Improvement of Reading Rate, The Role of Speed in the Reading Process, Factors that Reduce Reading Rate, Basic Conditions for Increased Reading Rate, Rate Adjustment http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/suggest.html

A term (or research) paper is primarily a record of intelligent reading in several sources on a particular subject. The task of writing such is not as formidable as it seems if it is thought out in advance as a definite procedure with systematic perpetration. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/termpapr.html

How do I begin to increase my vocabulary? Some suggestions which may help you: http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/vocabula.html

Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. With a knowledge of these, the student can through effort and practice improve his writing ability. Suggested below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, essay tests, and term papers. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/writpap.html

How many of us have gotten to the end of three or four pages of "reading" only to discover that we have no idea what was on those pages? We have failed to concentrate! Below, we will explore ways to combat the four main causes of poor concentration: external distractions, internal distractions, fatigue, and lack of interest. http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/concentration.htm

Forgetting is a natural process, with the greatest losses occurring within the first 24 hours of learning. After one day you will forget 46% of what you read, 79% after 14 days, and 81% after 28 days. Clearly, it is essential to review readings and lecture notes within one or two days of initial exposure, with brief additional reviews interspersed in later weeks. http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/memory.htm

Some tips students can do every day or…. http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/examprep.htm

Reinforces, clarifies, and deepens your learning by providing the opportunity to teach. (Research indicates that many students improve their grades by supplementing individual study with group study.) http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/studygroup.htm

The instructor hands out in class before the exam, or even at the beginning of the course!  For example:   key points, particular chapters or parts of chapters, handouts, etc. http://www.studygs.net/tstprp2.htm

A structured approach to cramming -Preview material to be covered -Be selective: skim chapters for main points -Concentrate on the main points http://www.studygs.net/tstprpcrm.htm

We may ask you to repeat something, but we are quite willing to try again to understand you. Be patient with yourself! At first you will have trouble understanding and speaking English, but the situation will improve the longer you are here. http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/InternationalStudents.htm

Tips that students need to do to take a note before each lecture, during each lecture, after each lecture…http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/lecture.htm

There are a few suggestions to improve reading comprehension. http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/reading.htm

Improving your vocabulary will help you : http://www.uic.edu/depts/counselctr/ace/vocabulary.htm

Auditory learners will learn well in lecture settings; private learners will gain knowledge from quiet reading. However, these are only two out of a broad array of preferences found among intellectually capable people. When learning experiences are limited to these modes, students who rely on other styles are bound to be less successful. http://www-isu.indstate.edu/ctl/styles/learning.html#LSHE

Because of the variety of models used to characterize Learning Styles, Curry's categorization of the research about human learning differences is useful. She categorizes these studies into three levels that, looked at as examinations of different layers of an "onion," can explain our current understanding of human variations. More recently, this onion has been divided into the four levels described below. http://www-isu.indstate.edu/ctl/styles/learning.html#STYLES

Benjamin Bloom created this taxonomy for categorizing level of abstraction of questions that commonly occur in educational settings. The taxonomy provides a useful structure in which to categorize test questions, since professors will characteristically ask questions within particular levels, and if you can determine the levels of questions that will appear on your exams, you will be able to study using appropriate strategies. http://www.coun.uvic.ca/learn/program/hndouts/bloom.html

These are broad academic and workplace skills developed by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).

The behaviors that the college educators see their successful students doing consistently throughout the semester.