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Study Tips

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Study Skills Tips


  1. Study in spurts. Study for about one half hour, then take a break.
  2. Study each subject for two 30 minute sessions, then change to a different subject. Start with your most difficult subject.
  3. Formulate questions about chapter headings and subheadings. Then try to answer them.
  4. Read the chapter and answer your questions, reviewing and summarizing as you go along.
  5. Make notes brief but understandable.
  6. Stay after class to review your notes, or review them as soon as possible. Do this daily.
  7. Understand that stress is universal, and you can learn to cope.
  8. Prepare sample test questions based on your reading and note taking.
  9. Look over the entire test before you begin. Plan and schedule your time.
  10. Answer only the questions you are sure of first, then go back and do your best with the remaining questions.
  11. Be alert. Read the questions as they are, not as you would like them to be.
  12. Use any remaining time after the test to review your answers. Be cautious about changing an answer that you are not absolutely sure about.
  13. Be prepared for lab. Read the lab in advance and try to visualize what you will be doing and what outcomes you might expect.


See me as soon as you realize you need help. I cannot help you the day before the final exam, it's too late. Try to form a study group and meet at least once a week. Do not let this turn into a pizza party, stay on task by asking each other questions and having each other explain concepts.

Remember, tutoring is available at no charge…all you have to do is ask. In addition, you can ask the staff in Student Services for more advice on improving your chances of success in college. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help…I've yet to meet the person who never needed help.

Study Time

Most college courses require the student to spend a significant amount of time outside of class in individual study time. A guideline is to spend 2 – 3 hours per week for every credit hour. This means that in a 4 credit hour course, you should spend about 8 – 12 hours per week studying for that course. Thus, a course load of 12 credit hours means 24 – 36 study hours outside of class. As you can easily see, this is a full-time job.

The actual in-class meeting time is short in college courses because it is expected that students work independently outside of class in order to meet the course requirements. It helps to read ahead and be prepared for lectures before hand.

You will be expected to learn and understand definitions for terms and concepts presented during lectures and appearing in your reading assignments. You may find it helpful to consult other introductory textbooks. The division secretary has several shelves of books that may be signed out any time you wish. Remember, you can always ask me for help during my office hours or by appointment. It is your responsibility to get help when you need it!

Study Groups

Study groups work. If you would like to be involved in a study group I will be happy to help you set one up or tell you who has one you can join. Here are some rules that study groups should follow.


  1. Meet at least twice a week. If class meets on Monday and Wednesday for lecture then the group should meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, if possible.
  2. Make sure each participant has reviewed their notes, and re-written them, before attending the session. Each person should have formulated any questions they may have about the information ahead of time.
  3. If possible each person should bring at least one or two test questions they have made up about the material. Bring all materials to the study session.
  4. Study in 30 minute blocks with a 5 minute break, for two hours. Stay on task…do not get off track by talking about non-related topics.
  5. At the end of the study session someone should review the information. Pick a different person each session to do this review.