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1 Building Study Skills to Last a Lifetime Kevin Griffith Vice President Kevin Griffith Vice President

2 Many students go through school without learning the study skills essential to success and sanity in college and beyond. Study Skills are Essential 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.2

3 Study Skills 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.3 These skills (or the lack thereof) is often what determines whether one will succeed or fail in academics. We’re going to discuss some of those essential skills now. – Using SQ3R – Creating Schedules – Prioritizing – Combining Activities – Creating a Study Zone

4 Determine what you are going to read in the time you have allotted. Survey Question Read Recite Review SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.4

5 Survey – Quickly and lightly scan through all the pages you are going to read. – Notice images, charts, graphs, layout, design. – Just let your brain begin to prepare for the reading. SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.5

6 Question – Convert every header into a question. – For example, if the headers reads “Human Communication” write in a question or two: What is Human Communication? How is Human Communication different from other forms of Communication? – Do this for every major header in the section you are going to read. For complex reading you may need to convert second level headers to questions as well. SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.6

7 Read (the 1 st R) – Now begin reading…but read with PURPOSE. – Read to find the answer to the questions you just generated with the headers. – Do something with the answer: Highlight Create a notecard Add to a notes list SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.7

8 Recite (the 2 nd R) – Get your questions and answers OUT OF THE BOOK. Notecards Note pages Poster board – It is important that you do this activity within 24-48 hours of the initial reading. This reinforces content and aids mastery. SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.8

9 Review (the 3 rd R) – As the test approaches, you can now use study using the notes that you took out of the book. – This will mark at least the 5 th time your brain has encountered the material from the book…this is a GOOD thing! Research shows that repeated interaction with materials builds long-term memory connections – 5 times???? 1 = Survey, 2 = Question, 3 = Read, 4 = Recite, 5 = Review SQ3R 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.9

10 There are many things going on that require your time and attention. Study time must be built in to your schedule and prioritized. Create A Schedule 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.10

11 Use a planner or create your own. Include all – Class times – Quizzes, tests, and projects – Commuting or travel times – Study times – And some fun stuff too! Create a Schedule 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.11

12 What is your study style? – Note cards – Note pages – Poster board – Recitation – Mind mapping – Time lines – Some combination? Use a Mix of Study Tools 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.12

13 When are you at your best? – Mornings? – Afternoons? – Evenings? Just make sure you are reviewing class materials within an appropriate time after the class…don’t wait! Carve out Study Time 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.13

14 How much time? – Set aside at least 1 hour a day of UNINTERUPTED study time The general rule of thumb is 1 hour of study time for every 1 hour of class time So, if you have a 3-hour class, you should expect to study at least 3 hours each week for the class – Set a timer to keep track of the time – Take short breaks between subjects Carve out ENOUGH Study Time 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.14

15 Use the A, B, C system or something similar to determine what is a priority this week. – A test may mean more time in a particular subject – Don’t skip studying for a class, but optimize the time for your needs – Write the important dates of tests and assignments in your planner/calendar and put them into your smart phone calendar too! Prioritize your Tasks 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.15

16 Study with your notecards, notes pages, etc. while: – Waiting for your ride – Riding the bus – Riding to and from school – Waiting for an activity to begin – While getting a snack or meal Combine Activites 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.16

17 A quiet area – NOT at the kitchen table – NOT on a bed, sofa, or bean bag – NOT where the TV or siblings are playing A designated study area – A chair and a table or desk – A place where ONLY studying takes place No distractions – No food, TV, music, phones, games, computers (unless needed for the studying itself) Create a Study Zone 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.17

18 What to keep in the Zone Good lighting Good ventilation Comfortable chair Space for all your materials Water Pencils, pens, calculator, paper Create a Study Zone 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.18

19 There are different learning styles and approaches to study times. – Experiment and find what works for you. Most colleges have learning “labs” or tutoring centers…they can help you find something that will work for you! Look up “Study Skills for Students” on the web – there are a lot of good ideas out there! Ask successful peers what works for them Take Advantage of Other Resources 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.19

20 Developing good study skills should start as soon as possible Organizational skills and time management skills are important for students to manage the demands on their time in college Having a system – how to study, when to study, where to study, etc. – will give your student the edge Wrap Up 4/21/2015Knowsys Educational Services LLC.20


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