Effective Study skills are about more than understanding
Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to improve on your side.
It is not enough to simply "think about" studying; you have to actually
do it, practice it and in the process use information from what you do to get
better. This is the central idea of this article. All that follows
depends on this single concept.
There is a saying that goes like this: "Practice doesn't make perfect;
perfect practice makes perfect." If you want to be an achiever, take
this saying to heart.
The value of a schedule
Before you even begin to think about the process of studying, you must
develop a schedule. If you don't have a schedule or plan for studying,
then you will not have any way of allocating your valuable time when the
unexpected comes up.
A good, well thought out schedule can be a lifesaver. It's up to you to
learn how to develop a schedule that meets your needs, revise it if
necessary, and most important, follow it.
A schedule saves time
All schedules should be made with the idea that they can be revised. A
good schedule keeps you from wandering off course. A good schedule, if
managed, assigns time where time is needed, but you've got to
want to do it!
Making every hour count
A schedule should take into account every class, laboratory, lecture,
social event, and other work in which you engage. There are givens such
as classes and so on that have to be incorporated. You must focus on the
other "free time" available and how you will use it. Make a weekly
schedule and block off the 24 hour day in one hour increments. Indicate
times for classes, labs, lectures, social, and work time. Also block off
a period for sleeping each day. With what is left over, plan time for
study. This gives you a rough road map of the time available. Of course,
you can revise your schedule as circumstances warrant.
When to study
The problem of when to study is critical. A good rule of thumb is that
studying should be carried out only when you are rested, alert, and have
planned for it. Last minute studying just before a class is usually a
waste of time.
Studying for lecture courses
If your study period is before the lecture class, be sure you have read
all the assignments and made notes on what you don't understand. If the
study period is after the lecture class, review the notes you took
during class while the information is still fresh.
Studying for recitation courses
For classes that require recitation, such as foreign language, be sure
to schedule a study period just before the class. Use the time to
practice. Sometimes, practice with others can help sharpen your skills
in a before-class study period.
Making and revising a schedule
Don't be afraid to revise your schedule. Schedules are really plans for
how you intend to use your time. If your schedule doesn't work, revise
it.You must understand that your schedule is to help you develop good
study habits. Once you have developed them, schedule building becomes
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