Note Taking and Study Tips

Note Taking 
Often times a student may feel comfortable with materials covered in class only to return home, begin to study, and find that not only have they forgotten what had been covered that day, but that their notes over the material are indecipherable and unhelpful. In order to stop this problem in its tracks, here are a few links to help students foster great note taking skills.
  • This website provides students with strategies to listen better in class, to gain the most out their notes, and a note taking system developed by Cornell.
  • This website provides students with some general tips for taking good notes.
Study Tips 
Everyone knows the important role that studying has to play in academic success, yet few people know how to study efficiently and effectively. In order to minimize hours lost to ineffective study, explore the following links.
  • This website serves as a great resource for learning how study with methods ranging from how to use flash cards appropriately to how to quickly and efficiently read textbooks.
  • This website presents a list of several basic, yet essential, study tips.
1.       Try not to do too much studying at one time.If you try to do too much studying at one time, you will tire and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you have to do over shorter periods of time. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy.
2.       Plan specific times for studying.Study time is any time you are doing something related to schoolwork. It can be completing assigned reading, working on a paper or project, or studying for a test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time.
3.       Try to study at the same times each day.Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
4.       Set specific goals for their study times.Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
5.       Start studying when planned.You may delay starting your studying because you don't like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called "procrastination." If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started, resulting in careless work and errors.
6.       Work on the assignment you find most difficult first.Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
7.       Review your notes before beginning an assignment.Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment.
8.       Tell your friends not to call them during their study times.Two study problems can occur if your friends call you during your study times. First, your work is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here's a simple idea - turn off your cell phone during your study times.
9.       Call another student when you have difficulty with an assignment.This is a case where "two heads may be better than one."
10.    Review your schoolwork over the weekend.Yes, weekends should be fun time. But there is also time to do some review. This will help you be ready to go on Monday morning when another school week begins.
These ten study habits can help you throughout your education. Make sure they are your study habits.