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Study Skills

Student Resources

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Time Management

How good are you managing your time? 

Do you follow a disciplined study schedule? 

Are you able to avoid cramming information at the last minute?

Do you break down your assignments into manageable steps? 

If you don’t control your time, it will control you!

Tools & Links

Course Records/Study Skills Hints (Divider Tabs)

This tool gives you a place to list important information about your courses - and keep a list of assignments and grades. There are also five pages of study skills hints.

Analyze Your Schedule

Keep track for what you do for an entire week. Then, use this handout to look at how you're using your time, where you're wasting time - and develop a plan to make improvements.

Plan Your Time

We've also created a few tools to help you plan your schedule - for the week, the semester, or for long-term projects.

My Course Has a Syllabus?

This tool helps you get the most out of each syllabus, and take note of important information to help you succeed in each course.

Gmail Scheduling Guide

We've created a guide to help you enter you schedule, appointments, due dates, etc., into your gmail account - and sync it with your phone!

Ohio State University Tips

Note Taking

It is unlikely that you will remember the important points your instructor makes in class or the essential ideas of your textbook unless you write them down in a shortened form. 

Then you must review them repeatedly until the information is part of your long-term memory.

Tools & Links

Ohio State University Lecture Notes Tips

Ohio State University has created some tools to help students get the most out of lectures. These links will open in a new window.

Cornell Note Taking System

 

Reading Textbooks

Don’t skip the important step of reading your assigned textbook chapter before class! 

Did you know there are simple steps you can take when reading your textbook that will make the process less painful and increase your understanding as well as your enjoyment of learning the information?

Tools & Links

Ohio State University "Handling Reading" Site

Ohio State University has put together a site to help students get the most from their textbooks. These links will open in a new window.

Professor Bob Schiffman's Textbook Reading Tips

  1. Scan through chapter, looking at category headings, and read picture/diagram captions and bold faced words. These are important conceps and ideas and will likely be emphasized on exams.
  2. Read chapter summary.
  3. Read chapter.
  4. Review chapter summary.

Once you've finished al four steps, you should be able to define most of the terms, ideas and concepts and provide examples where appropriate.

It may also help if you look up thte terms in the glossary at the end of the textbook. When you begin reviewing for your exams, you might only need to re-read the chapter summaries and review the chapter terms and definitions.

SQ4R Method

Test Taking Tips

If you are overwhelmed by nervousness when faced with a test, if you are unsure how to go about studying for a test on piles of information, if you have tended to be a poor test taker in the past even though you have studied….well, this is the right area for you!

Tools & Links

Test Prep Guides: Before & After

We've created two guides to help you prepare for tests. One helps you figure out their your preparation strategies. One will help you see if your strategies worked - and help you figure out what to change for future tests.

Ohio State University Exam Study Tips

Ohio State University has put together a site to help students with test taking. These links will open in a new window.

Memory

The human brain is prone to forgetting information unless a deliberate effort is made to retain it. 

This fact is particularly applicable when it comes to your studies. 

Take a moment to look over the 12 Memory Principles and decide which ones might help you to remember more information, especially when that test comes around.

Tools & Links

Ohio State University Memory Tips

Ohio State University has put together a site to help students improve their memory. These links will open in a new window.

Vocabulary

Every course has its own terminology which you cannot ignore.  In daily life, you may encounter words you’ve never heard or seen before.  The well-rounded, educated person actively works to acquire new words and expressions throughout life. 

An ample vocabulary allows you to hold your own in any social setting and convey your thoughts to others with delicacy and precision.

Tools & Links

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