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Tips for Effective Study The most common barrier to success encountered by college students is a lack of effective techniques for study and exam preparation. If you are one of the vast majority of students whose answer to the question, "How do you study for your tests?" is, "I go over my notes," then you need to take a serious look at your study skills. Here are some suggestions to increase your effectiveness as a student. I. Day to Day  A. Take good notes.  Very few students leave high school with this skill. College of DuPage's Learning Lab can help you here. Some suggestions  and observations.  1. Always take the notes for a particular class in the same notebook. Spiral bound notebooks were invented because they solved the problem  of keeping related information consolidated in one place. Take advantage of this.  2. Date  each entry into your notebook.  3. It is usually best to keep the notes for different classes separate from each other. Spiral notebooks with built in dividers are excellent for  this purpose.  4. Your notes should contain as complete a record of what the instructor said as possible. Of course, you should not try to write every word  spoken, but don't leave out ideas. When you study, your notes should call back to your mind the entire sequence of ideas presented. Take  care to spell all new words carefully. It you don't know how to spell a word, ask your instructor to write it on the board. Most will  automatically do so for new or difficult terms.  5. Anything the instructor writes on the board should appear in your notes. If the instructor took the time to write it out, he or she considers  it important. You should do the same.  6. If possible, try to take your notes in some kind of outline form. The organization of ideas is as important as the content of those ideas,  especially when it comes to learning the material for an exam.  7. You might find it useful to have a second color of pen or pencil available for highlighting important ideas or indicating vocabulary.  B. Be involved in your classes.  Don't simply pretend you are a sponge, ready to soak up whatever the instructor says. You are there to  learn not to be taught.  1. If the instructor is moving too rapidly for you, or if you don't understand what is being said,  say something!   2. Ask questions  if you are confused. Confusion is definitely your worst enemy.  3. If your class includes group activities, participate as fully as you can. Such exercises are done for your benefit, not to provide a break for  the instructor.  C. Review your notes every day.  This suggestion is one which we have all heard a thousand times. Unfortunately, most of us never really 
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Lynnj.fancher during the Spring '05 term at College of DuPage.

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