I. Learning how to study
A. Effective study skills take time to develop. Luckily, there are many strategies you can try to see which work best for you and which do not.
B. Of the many strategies I have learned and tried, taking breaks in reading and study time has been unsuccessful for me. Taking breaks gives me the chance to become distracted by something else. In order to make sure this doesn't happen, I plan a block of time each day to complete tasks.
C. Studying strategies are important techniques you need to utilize in order to earn good grades while mastering the material in your courses.
II. Study techniques that work
A. Reading and highlighting
1. I read the entire chapter in my textbook then go back to the beginning and highlight the main points in each section.
2. This works by allowing me to focus on understanding the material first then absorbing it while identifying the main points.
1. After identifying the important points in the textbook, I take those points and create an outline.
2. Doing this helps with studying and test taking. I am able to remember the information as well as being able to quickly find answers for tests.
C. Study often
1. I like to study for short time periods every day.
2. This gives me the opportunity to keep the information fresh in my mind while not having to cram everything in right before a test.
III. Study strategy benefits
A. The more you put into learning and understanding your course material, the more you will get out of it.
B. Improving your study habits will strengthen your commitment and capacity of success.
C. In hopes of improving my comprehension, I intend to try new strategies.
1. Reviewing previous notes will help to better focus my mind on the new material.
2. Reflecting on textbook readings will allow me to...