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DEVELOPING STUDY SKILLS. Study skills are CRUCIAL!  Good study skills help you remember important items, make good grades, and increase knowledge. 

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1 DEVELOPING STUDY SKILLS

2 Study skills are CRUCIAL!  Good study skills help you remember important items, make good grades, and increase knowledge.  Studying IS NOT just looking over your notes five minutes before a test; however, taking as little as fifteen minutes the night before to read, look at notes, or study flash cards could be the difference between a D- and a B+.

3 SQ3R method for effective reading  SQ3R is a reading strategy formed from its letters:  Survey! Question! Read! Recite! Review!  SQ3R will help you build a framework to understand your reading assignment.

4 SURVEY  Before you read, Survey the chapter:  the title, headings, and subheadings  captions under pictures, charts, graphs or maps  review questions or teacher-made study guides  introductory and concluding paragraphs  summary

5 QUESTION  Question while you are surveying:  Turn the title, headings, and/or subheadings into questions  Read questions at the end of the chapters or after each subheading  Ask yourself, "What did my instructor say about this chapter or subject when it was assigned?"  Ask yourself, "What do I already know about this subject?"

6 READ  When you begin to Read:  Look for answers to the questions you first raised  Answer questions at the beginning or end of chapters or study guides  Reread captions under pictures, graphs, etc.  Note all the underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases  Study graphic aids  Reduce your speed for difficult passages  Stop and reread parts which are not clear  Read only a section at a time and recite after each section

7 RECITE  Recite after you've read a section:  Ask yourself questions about what you have just read, or summarize, in your own words, what you read  Take notes from the text but write the information in your own words  Underline or highlight important points you've just read  Reciting: The more senses you use the more likely you are to remember what you read Triple strength learning: Seeing, saying, hearing Quadruple strength learning: Seeing, saying, hearing, writing!!!

8 REVIEW  Review: an ongoing process  Page through the text and/or your notebook to re-acquaint yourself with the important points.  Cover the right hand column of your text/note-book and orally ask yourself the questions in the left hand margins.  Orally recite or write the answers from memory.  Develop mnemonic devices for material which need to be memorized. Make flash cards for those questions which give you difficulty.

9 Are you truly reading?  In depth reading is used to gain deeper meaning and comprehension of a text. We are not just reading the words with our eyes, we are thinking about the text we are reading.

10 Skimming  Skimming is what most high school students do when they are supposed to be reading.  Skimming is when you quickly look over the words and process an idea of what the passage is about.  Skimming is useful when you are doing something such as looking for the general summary of a newspaper article.

11 Scanning  Scanning is looking over a passage for specific information.  Scanning is useful when you are looking for dates, key terms, names, or other specific information.  When might you use scanning is this class?

12 Mnemonic Devices  A mnemonic device is not the newest iPhone on the market!  It is a method for remembering a list of useful information.  Creating a short word or sentence could help you remember a long list of items.

13 PEMDAS  Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.  Mnemonic device for the order of operations in math  Parentheses  Exponents  Multiplication  Division  Addition  Subtraction

14 My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nachos  This mnemonic device helps you remember the planets in our solar system.  Mercury  Venus  Earth  Mars  Jupiter  Saturn  Uranus  Neptune

15 Do you know any mnemonic devices?

16 TOWER and COP  These are two mnemonic devices we use when writing.

17 Fact vs. Opinion  This can be confusing at times.  Opinions are not necessarily true. They often contain the words “feel, think, believe, always, or never.”  Facts are not always true either.  It was once a fact that the world was flat.  It was once a fact that draining a person’s bad blood would cure them of a disease.  It helps if you remember that a fact is something that can be proven or disproven by measuring, weighing, or investigating in some way.

18 Note-taking  If you have noticed, I have made important terms bold, underlined, or italicized.  It is not always imperative that you write everything in your notes (unless I tell you to.)  When studying your notes before a test, highlighting terms will help plant them in your memory.

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20 Practice  Go back through your notes and skim the information in two minutes.  Scan the information for important terms.  Highlight those terms.


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