Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Study Smart

24 Tips on How to smart study
# Be good to yourself.

* Keep physically fit and rested.

# Attitude is all-important.

* Use positive affirmations: "I can pass American History."
* Provide your own psychological edge, be it a positive attitude or a "lucky pen."

# Be a chronic enthusiast!
# Used textbooks may provide insights on a course.
# Sit in the front row;

* if you must sit toward the back of the room, lean forward.
* Attentiveness and concentration increase markedly.

# Don't miss the first and last minutes of class.

* They are crucial — important announcements, questions on test, etc.

# Use a variety of study techniques.

* a. Tape chapters (find out if your textbook has companion pod cast chapters). Listen on way to school, work.
* b. Use index cards for quick review.
* Keep them simple. Throw your highlighter away!
* Remember: frequent review takes facts from short-term memory to long-term memory — learning as opposed to cramming.

# Study in short bursts.

* (First and last facts are remembered best; therefore, it will accelerate learning.)

# Review notes immediately after class.

* Even for five minutes.
* Something magical happens!

# Review your notes out loud.

* Read your chapters out loud.

# Appearance raises grades.

* Neatness counts.
* Word processors are a plus.
* If a handwritte assignment is acceptable, use erasable pen.

# Don't waste time rereading.

* Rely on "pen in hand" and SQ3R.

# Test professors before they test you.

* Ask questions about what kind of test to expect,
* what material will be covered.

# Become an expert test taker.
# Go with initial hunches.
# Stay with initial hunches.
# Study according to your biological clock.

* Are you "normal," a night owl, or an early bird?

# Eliminate stress in your life.
# EXERCISE is the best antidote.
# Make extra credit mandatory.
# Never miss a class.

* This is considered mandatory by "A" students.

# Be prepared to bail out.

* Don't be afraid to drop a course that is not working for you., BUT be aware of all official dates to withdraw and any vital state legislative restrictions ( Texas has a limit on total number of W hours.)

# Volunteer to edit a friend's paper.

* Use it as a learning experience.

# Study smart—not hard!
# Time management skills and discipline pay off.
# Stay mentally, physically and spiritually fit.

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