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Study Improvement Activities
Read over the simple study improvement activities listed below. Identify those that you feel might be productive for you and try them out.
Lecture Notes. Meet with a classmate or two after class to compare your lecture notes. Identify similarities and differences in how you heard the lecture material. Also, share your lecture note taking short hand. Does your partner use something that will help you take notes more efficiently?
Textbook Notes. With a group of classmates, share your systems of textbook marking and note taking. See if someone has a notation system that will work for you.
Stress Management. Ask several upper school mates how they managed the stress of going to college. Then make a list of “stress relievers” and put those that make sense to you into practice.
Study Conversation. Meet regularly with a friend with the purpose of telling each other three interesting things that you have learned in class or read in your assigned reading. This kind of sharing encourages learning and remembering.
about College. With a friend
or two discuss the following: How do you define productive study? What
is the purpose of studying? What is the difference between study quality
and study quantity? How do you find a balance?
How important is your study attitude? Do you have a study style?
Discussions like these will help keep things in perspective as well as
motivate you to become a better student.
Consider your best class where you received the best grades.
Recall why you had so much success in this class? Did you do
anything different for this class? Did you approach it differently? Did
you experience it with a different attitude?
Then consider what you can learn from this success story and how
you can apply it to upcoming classes.
Take a moment and list the satisfactions that you get out of
knowing a subject really well. Then
reflect on what it means to be an educated college student.
With a college friend identify different kinds of college
students. What “kind” of
student are you? What kind
of college student would you like to be?
Make a pledge to yourself (or with your roommate) to reduce the
amount of TV that you watch each week. Here are three possible pledges:
some of the time spent watching TV with more study time .
Meet with a friend or group of friends once a semester to talk
about the importance of school. It
is motivational to remind yourself of what you are trying to achieve by
going to college.
With a group of peers share some of your techniques for studying
for tests. Listen for a strategy that will help you.
Time Management. Talk to several classmates about their approach to time management and organization. Ask the question, “How do you organize all the demands on your time in college?"
Ask three to seven students where they like to study best.
Ask them why a certain study space works for them.
See if something makes sense for you.
With a group of peers make a list of things that can interfere
with, interrupt, or distract you from your studies.
With each “study buster” on your list, agree upon a remedy or
Keep a simple study log and compare it to your weekly schedule.
Then ask yourself the following questions: Did you meet your study
goals? Did you study as much as you had planned? Was your study time enough to complete your work?
Did you feel satisfied with the amount and quality of your study?
Each time you sit down to study, write down in a pocket notebook
your study goal or goals for that session.
When you finish each study session, give yourself a goal grade
based on the extent to which you accomplished your goals.
Keep a list of all your study goals.
At the end of each week look to see how you scored cumulatively.
Your weekly grade may provide you with a hint about the
efficiency and/or quality of your study time.
Lectures. With a classmate
take turns presenting an after class "mini lecture" based on what you
just heard in class. These
short review talks will be a good way to cement the material in your
Survey a few experienced students and ask them if they had done
anything that they feel made them a better college student.
Learn from the experience of others.
Discussions. After you read a textbook chapter or section, tell a
friend or family member about something that you have just learned.
Try to present it in a way that will encourage discussion.
Care. Take care of your brain
by eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
Get a realistic picture of how you eat, exercise, and sleep by
keeping track of all three during a designated week.
Then at the end of the week see where you are shortchanging them
and subsequently make necessary changes.