In the previous module we talked about time management and provided a handful of strategies to help you focus while you study.
One important element of effective study sessions is the environment in which you study.
Use this tool below from Oregon State University to evaluate where you are studying currently.
You can view and print this worksheet here:
Here are a few tips to improve your study session:
- Quiet – make sure that your study area is quiet. Even the slightest noise might distract you from a train of thought.
- Necessities – do you have access to basic necessities like food, water, and bathroom. The worst thing that can happen is that you get into a study groove and suddenly you need to pee . . . don’t let that happen.
- Clean – have a clean study environment will allow your brain to feel clean and organized. If you are unable to clean an entire area at least clean a desk or table top in your immediate environment.
- Temperature – make sure you are able to control the temperature or that the temperature is at a comfortable setting. You don’t want to be too warm or cold as you are trying to focus. Generally it is a good idea to bring a sweater with you when you go up to a college campus.
The most important thing is that you plan ahead your study sessions. This allows you to pick a location that you know will be conducive to you being able to focus and enjoy uninterrupted study time.
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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