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Study Smarts for Students!

Ever stress yourself out cramming for an exam? Worried about handling the work load in your first year at college or university? Panic no more. In The A*R*T of successful studying (Summit Educational services, 1991), authors Myrna Levine and Judith Montgomery outline how to master the “art”-absorb retain, testify- of smart studying. Here is some of their learned advice.

-You can’t deny it: hitting the books has to start sometime. Try now! Each week, set up a study timetable by working out the total time needed for homework, papers/projects, readings, and course review. By doing so, you will eliminate daily time -wasting decisions about what to work on next; and you can calmly on one task at a time, then enjoy guilt free leisure.

-Every evening, review the notes taken in the day’s classes, and review all notes at regular intervals. If you don’t review today’s lecture for several weeks, by exam time you will have forgotten 80 to 95 percent of it.

Some Effective Ways to Review:
The SQR3 Method
1.       Survey the day’s notes and summarize what the lesson was about.
 
2.       Read with questions in mind (say them aloud and write them down) to help you focus on the material.
 
3.       Read a section of the notes for detail, keeping your questions in mind.
 
4.       Looking away from your notes, recite aloud the answers to the questions.
 
5.       Review the whole lesson, reciting it aloud and answering all questions. Make point-form cards to use for future review.
Question Card Method
1.       On the top right corner of index cards, identify the course and textbook/notebook page number.
 
2.       Read a paragraph with the intention of summarizing it in the form of a question, and then write the question on the front of the index card.
 
3.       Reread the paragraph of notes, answering the question this time. On the reverse of the index card, write the key words or phrases of the answer. Keep the index cards for future review.
Write-and-Fold Method
1.       Turn a piece of paper sideways and divide it into six columns.
 
2.       In the first column, list the French vocabulary or geography terms or math formulas to be learned
3.       Without looking at your notes, write the translations of definitions or explanations in the second column,
4.       Correct the answers.
5.       Now, fold the first column under, so you don’t see it. Using the second column as the “questions”, write the translations/answers in the third column. Use the other column for future reference.