A Useful Study Technique

A Useful Study Technique
Fall asleep while reading?
End up finding other things to do instead of
your reading?
Read the same page over and over again and
have no idea what you just read?
Can’t understand your notes when studying
for a test?
Have to re-read everything from that unit to
study for the test?
Are you surprised by what information is
actually on the test?
Reading and note taking are effective forms
of studying is vital for success
Organized notes and engaged reading habits
greatly increase your chance of good grades
on exams
• Cognitively engage with the text
• Comprehend what the text is communicating
• Write down key terms/ definitions in a
• Highlight important information
It takes time and consistent effort
Focus and concentrate specifically at the task
at hand
While reading, ask questions…
◦ Who/what are the main subjects?
◦ What is the goal or vocal point of the reading material?
◦ What important concepts should I be paying attention to?
After every main section in the text book write
a two to three sentence summary of that
section in your notebook
Manage your time wisely to avoid overloading
yourself with information
Benefits of good reading habits
◦ Eases the pressure off of your memory
◦ Creates reference material for studying
◦ Actively engages the mind and organizes the
thought process
◦ Allows comprehension of reading material
Easy, just refer to your personal notes and any
in-class notes that you may have
Keeping your information organized makes it
easy to streamline your reviewing process
While reviewing your notes, feel free to
implement personal study habits
◦ Repetition and constantly reviewing
◦ Re-writing notes
◦ Explaining facts to friends or family members
Some people study best with no distractions such
as phones, music, television or roommates that
could hinder their concentration or focus
◦ An academic setting such as the Library maybe more
beneficial instead of your room
Kent Library
Some students enjoy having background noise while they study
(listening to music or television)
Additional study places: dorm room, lounges, cafeteria,
computer labs, study halls, or even outside rest areas
Develop good reading and studying habits
Find out what habits best fit you and are the
most successful
Be familiar with deadlines and test dates
Start reviewing for exams at least one week in
Avoid distractions that are hazardous to
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