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One method used to focus on key information when studying from books is the PQRST method.
This method prioritizes the information in a way that relates directly to how they will be asked to
use that information in an exam. PQRST is an acronym
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10. Just do it. Once you do, you will feel a lot better than if you are worried about getting it
Finally, if these suggestions dont do it for you, just think about the consequences of not
Becoming a Flexible Reader
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These ten study habits can help you throughout your education. Make sure they are your
Motivating Yourself to Study
If you find that you lack motivation to study, welcome to the club. Just about every
student experiences this p
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Introduction to Study skills
Study skills or study strategies are approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to
success in school, are considered essential for acquiring good grades, and are useful for learning
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reading, or looking for specific information. Then use the reading style that is appropriate for
your reading purpose.
Many students have difficulty concentrating while studying. Being able
to concentrate while you ar
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What are progress files?
All universities are required to offer progress files to students. The term file is misleading.
Progress files really include three elements:
1. A process of personal development
Development planning can be a very per
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Greater confidence in the choices you make.
Greater confidence in the skills, qualities and attributes you bring to the career of your
Being in a better position to compete for jobs.
Being better able to discuss your skills, personal
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Some memory techniques make use of visual memory, for example the method of loci, a system
of visualising key information in real physical locations e.g. around a room.
Diagrams are often underrated tools. They can be used to bring all the in
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5. Leave it until the end of term to copy up notes on missed lectures.
Learning from lectures
The purpose of lectures
Lectures are an opportunity to find out how one lecturer makes sense of the wealth of
information and research that has been
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4. Resist the temptation to write everything down if you can avoid this. It is very hard to catch a
complete set of lecture notes.
5. Form a group and go through the lecture notes so you can fill in gaps. Between you, you will
have most of th
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1. Try not to do too much studying at one time. If you try to do too much studying at one
time, you will tire and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you have
to do over shorter periods of time. Taki
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Preparing to Study: A Good Study Place
You need a good study place to be prepared to study. You should be able to answer YES to all of
the following questions:
1. Is my Study Place available to me whenever I need it? Your Study Place does yo
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Having a good Study Place is important for good studying.
Procrastination is putting off or avoiding doing something that must be done. It is natural to
procrastinate occasionally. However, excessive procrastination can resul
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A goal is something you want to achieve. A short-term goal is something you
want to achieve soon. Examples of short-term goals are finishing your homework and doing well
on tomorrow's test. A long-term goal is something you wan
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used by workers to help prioritise. Also, some websites (such as FlashNotes) can be used for
additional study materials and may help improve time management and increase motivation.
Why use the computer?
Quite simply, if you use a c
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Using Reference Sources
As you go through school, you will need to use reference sources to find information about
topics, locate facts, and answer questions. Here are five types of reference sources you should
use. Each type is available in
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9. Let's face it - studying can sometimes be boring. Interacting with the other group
members can make studying enjoyable.
Getting a Study Group Started
Study groups don't just happen. Here is what you should do to get a study group started:
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Many times your parents, teachers, and counselors will set goals for you. Be accepting when
they do. These are people who know what is important for you and are very concerned with your
success. They can also help you accomplish the goals th
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I often put off a task in which I have little or no interest.
I often try to come up with reasons to do something other than a task I have to do.
I often ignore a task when I am not certain about how to start it or complete it.
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Prepare a Semester Calendar
At the beginning of a semester, prepare a Semester Calendar. Update it as the semester goes on.
Here is what to do to prepare a Semester Calendar.
Record your school assignments with their due dates and your sched
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Improving Reading Fluency
As a student you are faced with the need to read a lot of information. You will not get the most
out of the time you allot for studying if you read inefficiently. Here are some ways you can
improve your reading flue
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A Strategy for Reading Textbooks
SQRW is a four-step strategy for reading and taking notes from chapters in a
textbook. Each letter stands for one step in the strategy. Using SQRW will help you to
understand what you read and to prepare a wr