Study skills- Pallavi Nair

Task 1:

external image study-habits-studying.gif

General Study Skills Guides

  • Improving Your Note Taking
The most useful skill that can be used during examinations is note taking. Writing down relevant information helps us learn the key points in the lesson faster. The information is easier to understand when it is in bullet points.
  • Effective Listening
Listening to the teacher and trying to understand what’s going on during class helps in understanding the lesson.
  • Find A Good Study Place
To be able to concentrate you should work in a quite and peaceful environment. Make sure you work on a table and chair instead of using your bed (something many of us do.)
  • Using Study Groups
Working in a group with fellow classmates helps some to concentrate. Working in groups from 2 to 6 is ideal. Having more than 6 people can distract those who are trying to study. When in groups you not only have the comfort of your frinds around you, but you also have 6 other people who can give you their opinion on yr work or help you with your doubts if you are shy to ask the teacher.
  • Identifying Your Learning Style
Some students grasp information faster by writing it down, some do the same by either reading it out loud or even by watching a visual presentation. You should find your style of learning and
  • Strategies for Reading Textbooks
While reading text books first skim the text. Look for keywords or phrases that are of importance. Under line or highlight these phrases along with the relevant information. This is helpful during last minute studying as it shows you and helps you to memorize the important information.

external image jhan377l.jpg

Try not to do too much studying at one time.
If you study too much at a time, you will get tired easily and you won’t be able to grasp all the information you just read and your studying wont be effective. You should space the work you have to do and do them over short periods of time, taking short breaks helps you restore your mental energy.

  1. Plan specific times for studying.
    Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time so it keeps you focused and gives you time limit so that you can finish more than 2 subjects in a day.
  2. Try to study at the same times each day.
    Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
  3. Set specific goals for their study times.
    Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish and complete during your study times. .
  4. Review their notes before beginning an assignment.
    Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. It gives you an idea on what the topic is and may include information that will help you complete an assignment.
  5. Turn of all your electronic gadgets.
You should make sure that you phones, I-pods and laptops are turned off so that you are free from any distractions.
  1. Call another student when you have difficulty with an assignment.
    This is a case where "two heads may be better than one."
  2. Review your schoolwork over the weekend.
    I know, I know! Weekends should be fun time. But there is also time to do some reviewing. This will help you be ready to go on Monday morning when another school week begins

Things to keep in mind while revising and reviewing:
ü A schedule always saves time
ü Prioritize! Make a list of what you intend to study, prioritize the list, and stick to it!
ü Keep asking yourselves questions for learning and finding out things you aren’t sure about in the lesson.
ü Continually challenge yourself to keep studies interesting
ü Reward yourself every time you either completed a goal or finish the whole lesson successfully
ü While you are reviewing your notes, cover them up periodically and summarize them out loud. Pretend that you are explaining the material to someone else
ü Remember! Short daily study sessions are better than one long session the night before the test

Taking Breaks

Taking short breaks in between study times helps to boost your energy and concentration, so that studying is still effective. There are several things you can do during study breaks that can enhance this effect and allow you to have better concentration and alertness when you return to studying.

1) Short naps often help revive you and your mind because you give them a rest
2) Studying is very much a left-brained activity, so try doing something right-brained/creative to help your mind relax
3) Taking a walk or doing some very light exercise has also been known to help as it helps increase blood circulation
4) Having a light snack, like some dark chocolate, some nuts or a glass of juice help you regain some energy before you get back to studying
5) If you know what music will revive you, listening to some for 10 minutes or so could help your concentration once you’ve gone back to studying
6) When you return from your study break, try studying using a different method like flash cards or timed quizzes, instead of just reading

Contributed by Celest


external image point4.gif

PREVIEW: Survey the chapter to determine the general topics being discussed. Identify the sections to be read as units. Apply the next four steps to each section.

external image point4.gif

QUESTIONS: Make up questions about the section. Often, simply transforming section headings results in adequate questions.

external image point4.gif

READ: Read the section carefully trying to answer the questions you have made up about it.

external image point4.gif

REFLECT: Reflect on the text as you are reading, try to understand it, to think of examples, and to relate the material to prior knowledge.

external image point4.gif

RECITE: After finishing a section try to recall the information contained in it. Try answering the questions you made up for the section. If you cannot recall enough read the portions that you had trouble remembering.

external image point4.gif

REVIEW: After you have finished the chapter go through it mentally recalling its main points Try again to answer the, questions you made up.

contributed by carolyn

Task 3:

Mon 2nd Nov- Research topics, select a topic and find good websites.
Mon 9th Nov- Create and finish Part 3: the Plan, Seven principles for setting goals, SMART Goals
Mon 16th Nov- Work on Part 1: Collect relevant information
Mon 23rd Nov- Work on Part 1: Continue work from before
Mon 30th Nov- Work on and finish Part 2 (Contributions)
Mon 7th Dec- Work on and finish Part 1
Mon 14th Dec- Finish up and hand in the work.

Seven Principles for setting Goals
- I will create a page that catches peoples attention and useful to secondary students.
Written -
Plan to deal with resistance - Possible obstacles include - Computer problems, can't find good information and time management.
Deadline - 14th Dec, Monday
Planning - I have made plan above that helps me focus on what i will be working on in each PSE lesson
Mental Picture - I want my page to look interesting, it should persuade the readers to look through the whole topic
Persistence - I will work hard on my site during class to finish it on time, if extra time is needed I will work on my page at home


Specific - Well defined. Clear to anyone that has a basic knowledge of the project.
Measurable - Know if the goal is obtainable and how far away completion is. Know when it has been achieved.
Agreed Upon - Agreement with all the stakeholders what the goals should be.
Realistic - Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time.
Time Based - Enough time to achieve the goal. Not too much time, which can affect project performance.

Student (Self) Evaluation
- At the end of the project, students must assess their own work and post results in the DISCUSSION section.
25% = Part 1 = Information and bibliography = 25%
25% = Part 2 = Contributions and Comments = 25%
25% = Part 3 = Planning = 20%
25% = Layout, appearance and design = 15%

Infoplease, 16 November 2009, <>
Adprima, 16 November 2009, <>