2 Purpose of WorkshopTo help students become aware of common obstacles to effective studying and learn how to overcome these obstaclesTo help students develop good study skills and better time management
3 As a high school student you have…….. Many people who want your time.Studying/learning demands.Many tests to take.Lots of decisions to makeabout the future.
4 Do you….. procrastinate? wish you were more organized? need help with prioritizing to accomplish important tasks?need help dealing with interruptionsexperience test anxiety?These are all obstacles that affect your studying ability.
5 Avoidance of doing something ProcrastinationAvoidance of doing somethingwhich needs to be doneWhy do students procrastinate?Poor time managementDifficulty concentratingOver confident
6 Test Anxiety Test Anxiety can cause: Worry or fear caused by having to take testsTest Anxiety can cause:Mental distraction/blocksPhysical symptomsReasons for experiencing test anxiety:Peer/family pressureFear of failureLack of preparationPerfectionism
7 Overcoming the Obstacles Goal settingTime managementRelaxation techniquesUtilize SQ3R study methodCreate an atmosphere for studyingUse learning aids
8 Goal Setting Identify your strengths and weaknesses Set priorities for studyingBe realistic when setting goalsDecide on final goal and then break it down into smaller goalsUse goal setting to prepare for tests
9 Time ManagementYour ability to effectively use your study time to accomplish the greatest amount of workFollow a schedule:Mark deadlines and exam dates on calendarSchedule several short review sessionsBe realistic about how much information you can coverin one sessionSchedule some free time alsoWrite on “To Do” listsPost sticky-notes around home or school materials
10 Relaxation Technique Loosen your clothing and get comfortable Tighten muscles in your toes and hold for a count of 10. Relax and enjoy release from tension.Flex the muscles in your feet and hold for a count of 10. Relax.Move slowly up through body contracting and relaxing muscles as you go.Breathe deeply and slowly.Use relaxation techniques:When you feel yourself becoming anxiousTo help you sleep the night before an examAs a refresher between study sessions
11 SQ3R Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review S: Get the best overall picture of what you are to study before studying it in detailQ: Questions should lead to emphasis on the what, why, when, who and where of study content.R: Read actively.R: Recite. Think aloud! Just as you did as a child. Utilizes two senses, helping to commit it to memory.R: Review immediately following session
12 Atmosphere Study where you can concentrate without interruption Study in the same place each daySit at a desk or table with adequate lightingDon’t study when you are overly tiredHave all supplies and a waste basket handy
13 Learning Aids Based on your learning style and study material Examples:Flash cards can be used to learn vocabularyCharts and time lines can be used for historyOutlines can be used to break information into smaller units that are easy to rememberUse acronyms to learn sequential material(ex: arrangement of planets)
14 Test taking tips Objective exams Standardized exams Short answer exams Essay exams
15 Multiple Choice and Matching Objective ExamsMultiple Choice and MatchingSolve in the order givenRead each choice carefullyThink as you readFinish the exam
16 Standardized Exams ACT and SAT Get a guide Be realistic Make an educated guess
17 Short Answer Exams Budget your time Start with the easiest questions Answer each questionUse the full time allowed
18 Essay Exams Organization and neatness have merit! Read all questions firstStart with the easiest questionAnswer more difficult questions lastBudget your writing time
19 Be Kind to YourselfEat right and get a good night’s sleep before the examDon’t “cram” or stay up all night by taking caffeine or drugsChange your stage of mind!
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