Developing Good Study Skills

Developing Good Study
Success in a nutshell
The 5 R’s of Note-Taking
• Record * Reduce * Recite * Reflect * *Review, Review,
• 1. RECORD: Take Notes in class by identifying the main
points, write down examples or math problems
• Heading
– Date
– Class/subject , Chapter #, Page #’s, etc.
• 2. REDUCE:
– after the class summarize what you have written down /
– key/cue words, phrases
– Questions that you may have for the teacher
– Don’t write down everything your teacher says. Summarize!
The 5 R’s of Note-Taking
• Recite: Talk Aloud
– Review from your memory what you have
– Create your own examples or memorization
• Reflect: Think it over!
– How is this relevant to what you have learned
– Make connections that jog your memory!
The 5 R’s of Note-Taking
• Review the notes you took
– Before reading new material
– With friends (if that compliments your
learning style)
– Before every test (not 15 minutes
Study Tips!
• Flash Cards
– On one side, write the answer
– On the other side, write the question, concept
or cue
– Shuffle the cards. Test questions won’t always
be in the same order as your study guide.
• Benefits of flash cards
– Portable, quick, cheap, and effective
Do extra questions that
are unassigned
• Practice, Practice, Practice
• The more times you repeat the steps,
the more you will remember on your
• TIP: Use the back of your book to
your advantage, not to cheat on
homework .
Working Together Makes
Everything Better
• Create study groups!
• Get a study buddy
• Talking things out helps you to see
others’ perspectives on things
• Ask your teacher for help
• Participate during class!
Making Associations
• Mnemonics is a mind memory or learning aid which helps you
associate an idea or concept with an easy to remember
• Acronyms
– Order of Operations is PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt
– the vital fluids of the body:
• Peanut Butter With Bread
Phlegm, Blood, Water, and Bile Rhymes
– Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492
– The ill-fated wives of Henry VIII:
“Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”
Examples of some good
study habits
1. When he was finished reading, Jose went back through the entire
chapter and tried to recite the answers to the questions he had
written in the margin.
2.After class, Jean reads over her lecture notes and writes the key
words and phrases on the left side of her paper.
3. When Beth’s instructor said, “In Chickering’s student development
theory there are seven stages called vectors,” Beth wrote “7 stages
(vectors)- Chickering s.d. theory.”
Rules of Studying
• Find a quiet place without
• Set a regular time to study each day.
• Study in chunks of time. Don’t burn
• Take breaks in between study
sessions (15 minutes)