101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students: What Every Student Needs to Know

101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students: What Every Student Needs to Know

by Susan M. Roubidoux


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In this totally revised second edition, learn how to create an effective study environment, get organized, and more. We will provide you with various studying methods such as the proven SQ3R method, as well as exercises to improve your skills. By reading 101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students, you ran improve the effectiveness of your studying. After all, effectiveness is not measured by the length of time spent studying or blankly staring at a textbook but by the level of comprehension. You will learn how to make a study schedule, how to read for comprehension, how to get organized, how to take notes during lectures, how to listen better in class, how to use reference sources, how to boost your concentration, how to stay motivated, how to review and edit your notes, and how to increase reading comprehension. No two people learn the same way, and no one study method will work for everyone. While this book introduces you to different study methods, the aim is to improve your learning, your understanding, and, ultimately, your grades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601389442
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
Publication date: 09/30/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction 13

Obstacles That College Students Battle 14

Characteristics of Successful College Students 16

How to Use This Book 17

Part I Setting yourself Up for Success: What to Do Right Now 19

Chapter 1 Make a Schedule 21

Determine Where Time Goes 22

Determine the Best Study Time 23

Set Up a Regular Schedule 24

Commit to Going to Each and Every Class Meeting 26

Plan Study Blocks 27

Compensate for Special Circumstances 28

Make Time for Fun 29

Make Use of Your Breaks 31

Survive Those Crazy Weeks 32

Exercise: Create a Schedule 33

Have Multiple Spots 41

Chapter 2 Find a Study Spot 41

Know Which Spots to Avoid 42

Know Where to Look 43

Keep a Secret 43

Exercise: Find and Evaluate Potential Secret Study Spots 44

Exercise: Plan Where You Will Study at Each Study Session 46

Organize the Backpack 47

Chapter 3 Get Organized 47

Organize the Papers 48

Dress for Success 49

Exercise: Organize Study Supplies 50

Exercise: Organize Class Materials 51

Exercise: Evaluate Appearance and its Effects 52

Activate the Active Learner 53

Chapter 4 Determine Learning Styles and Use This Knowledge 53

Activate the Reflective Learner 54

Balance Active and Reflective Learning 55

Activate the Sensing Learner 55

Activate the Intuitive Learner 56

Activate the Visual Learner 57

Activate the Verbal Learner 57

Activate the Sequential Learner 58

Activate the Global Learner 59

Activate the Aural Learner 59

Activate the Physical Learner 60

Choose the Right Textbook and Materials 60

Exercise: Identify Learning Styles 61

Exercise: Evaluate Learning Methods 63

Part II Getting Down to Business: What to Do Every Day 65

Chapter 5 Read for Comprehension - General Reading Tips 67

Read Often 67

Set a Pace 68

Prepare Before Reading 69

Look for an Organizational Pattern 70

Focus on the Ideas 70

Take Steps to Reduce Zoning 71

Master the Art of Skimming 72

Recognize Signal Words 73

Step Back in Time 74

Apply the Material 74

General Reading Skills Cheat Sheet 76

Understand the Basic SQ3R System 77

Chapter 6 Read with a System - SQ3R and Beyond 77

Exercise: Try It 79

Build Upon the System 81

Evaluate the Results 84

Forget What You Have Been Taught (In High School) 85

Chapter 7 Read with a Plan: Note-Taking Strategies 85

Beware of Used Books 86

Love the Book 87

Read First, Notate Later 88

Be Specific and Selective 89

Be Near 91

Copy onto Paper 91

Make Choices 93

Exercise: Create a System 94

Figure Out Why It Has Been Assigned 95

Chapter 8 Understanding Supplementary Materials 95

Do Not Dismiss Reading Strategies 96

Read the Chapter before the Lecture 97

Chapter 9 Get More out of Lectures 97

Ask One Question during Each Class Period 98

Take Good Notes during Lectures 99

Combine Textbook and Lecture Notes 100

Beat the Lecture Blues 101

Exercise: Examine What Makes Listening During Lectures Difficult and Make a Plan to Counter Act It 102

Chapter 10 Recognize the Importance of Critical Thinking 105

Understand the Importance of Lateral Thinking 106

Understand the Importance of Vertical Thinking 107

Balance Lateral and Vertical Thinking 108

Be Aware of Assumptions 109

Practice Critical Thinking Skills 110

Part III Putting It All Together: Proven Techniques for Exams 111

Chapter 11 Prepare to Study 113

Allot Enough Time and Start Early 113

Organize the Material and Plan a Schedule 115

Predict Questions 118

Utilize Provided Resources 121

Summarize and Condense 125

Chapter 12 Active Studying Strategies 125

Use Flashcards 130

Use Visual Depictions of Information 132

Create a Study Group 133

Master the Review 134

Overcome Test Anxiety 137

Chapter 13 Plan a Test-Taking Strategy 137

Resist the Urge 138

Read Directions 139

Prioritize and Budget Time 140

Use Every Second 141

Make the Right Choice 143

Chapter 14 Take the Objective Exam 143

Find the Truth 146

Play Matchmaker 147

Chapter 15 Take the Essay Exam 149

Chapter 16 Take the Open Book Exam 151

Look at Mistakes 155

Chapter 17 Review Returned Tests 155

Read and Understand Comments 156

Create a Study Log 158

Part IV Completing Assignments 159

Chapter 18 Understand Directive Words and Phrases 161

Decipher Level One Directive Words 162

Decipher Level Two Directive Words 171

Decipher Level Three Directive Words 178

Handle Hybrid Directives 185

Research the Research Paper 187

Chapter 19 Special Considerations for Each Type of Assignment 187

Start Early 191

Chapter 20 Allow Enough Time 191

Choose a Prompt 193

Choose a Topic 194

Avoid Cramming In Regards to Research Assignments 195

Chapter 21 Research Early and Eagerly 195

Find Credible and Current Sources 196

Know When to Stop 197

Specify the Search Terms 198

Think about Topics in Relation to Assignments 199

Chapter 22 Writing is Only a Small Portion of the Success 199

A Thesis Is a Basis 200

Writing Process 202

Other Considerations for Projects, Papers, and Presentations 205

Part V Handling Special Circumstances 207

Chapter 23 Understand Online and Blended Classes 209

Choose the Team 213

Chapter 24 Master Group Projects 213

Take the First Step 214

Be the Leader 215

Delegate Tasks 216

Stay ON Task during Group Meetings 216

Set Deadlines 218

Resolve Conflict 218

Pick up the Slack 220

Avoid Procrastinating 221

Chapter 25 Balance Extracurricular and Curricular Activities 221

Make a List of Priorities 222

Get a Tutor 222

Utilize University Enforced Study Sessions 222

Look on On-Campus Jobs 223

Chapter 26 Balance Work and School 223

Stay Organized to Study Anywhere 224

Cut Back as Needed 224

Adjust Schedule 225

Chapter 27 Survive Finals Week 225

Attend Study Sessions 226

Stay Healthy 227

Avoid Stress 229

Stay Organized 230

Remember Studying and Test-Taking Strategies 230

Understand the Benefit 231

Chapter 28 Study Abroad 231

Choose a Program 232

Make it Count 234

Part VI Avoiding Studying Downfalls: How to keep up with It All 235

Chapter 29 Utilize Offered Resources 237

Get Involved with Academic Departments 237

Frequent Tutoring and Writing Centers 238

Look for Old Test Resources 239

Find out about Study Aids on the Internet 240

Visit Counseling Centers 240

Read Professor Evaluations 241

Learn How to Access Databases for Research 241

Search for Specialty Libraries and Collections 241

Use Disability Services 241

Take a Writing Class 243

Chapter 30 Use First Year to Prepare for Rest 243

Take a Speech Class 244

Take a Tour of Campus with an Upperclassman 244

Examine Values 245

Chapter 31 Keep it Real 245

Define Personal Success 246

Make Goals 247

Stay Connected to Reality 248

Examine Majors and Minors Frequently 248

Know When to Transfer 249

Keep a List 251

Chapter 32 Boost Your Concentration 251

Diagnose Which Classes Cause the Most Concentration Problems 252

Remove External Distractions 252

Avoid Multi-Tasking 253

Set Mini-Goals When Concentration is at Its Worst 253

Chen All Else Fails 254

Make a Conscious Effort 255

Chapter 33 Improve Memory 255

Exercise the Brain 256

Repeat and Recite 256

Create Acronyms 256

Visualize the Information 257

Write Sentences 257

Rhyme to Remember 258

Overload the Senses 258

Subscribe to a Word-of-the-Day Email 259

Chapter 34 Improve Vocabulary 259

Learn Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes 260

Keep a List of New Words 260

Read 260

Play 261

Examine Lack of Motivation 263

Chapter 35 Stay Motivated 263

Avoid Relying on Other People 264

Stay Positive and Keep Things in Perspective 264

Make Lists 265

Start Small 265

At this point, one of three things can happen: 266

Enroll in Summer School 267

Chapter 36 Maximize Summer and Semester Breaks 267

Do an Internship 268

Volunteer 269

Anticipate the Learning Style 271

Chapter 37 Ease the Transition 271

Ease the Fears 272

Transitioning the Non-traditional Student 272

Set up a Meeting 275

Chapter 38 Approach the Professor 275

Prepare for the Meeting 276

Be Polite 276

Keep Expectations in Check 276

Stay Open-Minded 277

Conclusion 279

Bibliography 281

About the Author 283

Index 285

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