Expect new methods to produce results.
Use whatever tactics are necessary to keep all study periods active.
Keep study periods short. Its better to several short periods than one long one.
Watch for clues in the textbook boldface and italics, all numbered items.
Pay attention to diagrams, maps, charts much important information is often given this treatment.
Ask yourself What am I supposed to learn from this assignment?
Use your common sense to judge which study methods are best for you.
Practice your new study skills! You will develop new and better study habits
Fall back on old habits, like trying to cram right before a test.
Get into a long, marathon study session.
Let details ruin your vision and perspective.
Assume good study methods are simple and not too different from your old ways.
Learning to take good notes will give you a clear record of what you have learned. You need good notes to reduce the quantity of words you read while studying and to make important information easy to remember.
Summary gives in condensed form the main points of a body of material.
Read and study with summary intent. Practice conditioning your mind to summarize.
Train yourself to replace the authors words with your own to make it personal so that recall is almost automatic.
Practice economy of words to separate main points from nonessential material
Avoid generalization. Learn to differentiate between opinion and fact.
Avoid fragmenting (recording ideas from an assignment in a haphazard manner).
When writing summaries, use 2/3 of the paper for content, 1/3 for highlights when reviewing.
Outlines shows the order in which ideas are arranged and the importance of separate ideas.
A correct outline should look like the following example:
I. Main Topic
A. Sub Topic I (always two or more)
B. Sub Topic II
Outlines may be arranged logically in time, numerical, alphabetical or place order. The arrangement of ideas is your personal preference however, it is important to remember that it needs to be sensible. Use this to aid your memory.
Mapping a diagram of information; very helpful for a visual learner
May take any form you wish as long as it makes sense to you, i.e. triangles, circles.
Can be color coded.
Be sure you can read each section clearly and easily, writing so you do not need to rotate your paper.