StudyForTheSciences_handout0208 - How to Study for the...

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How to Study for the Sciences (presented each semester as a part of the OU Assessment & Learning Center’s Student Success Series, ) Dr. Douglas D. Gaffin, University College/Department of Zoology Dr. Mariëlle H. Hoefnagels, Departments of Botany-Microbiology and Zoology As a full-time student, you spend about 15 hours a week in class, and you should spend at least 30 hours a week on homework and studying. How should you use those 45 hours a week? ALWAYS: Keep a calendar and look ahead – lots of things happen at the same time in the semester, and you will need to pace yourself and plan. Go to class. It’s much harder to learn from other people’s notes than from your own. BEFORE CLASS: Skim what’s coming up in the textbook, so it’s not all totally unfamiliar and you have some idea of what’s coming. Skim the previous day’s notes, so you can relate each lecture to what came before. TAKING NOTES: Take notes on everything , except (perhaps) things your professor SPECIFICALLY says you don’t have to know for an exam. If you only take notes on what “seems important,” you run the risk that you will miss important material that didn’t seem important in lecture. Write down the instructor’s MESSAGE, which (a) may not be every word on the board/slide and (b) may be MORE than what is on the board/slide. Include sketches of the figures; they often contain important concepts. Use abbreviations to speed note-taking.
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course MBIO 3813 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at The University of Oklahoma.

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