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Eliminating Bad Study Habits

While assisting students in developing effective study skils, I have found developing those skills is a three-phase process.  The first phase, and arguably the most important, is identifying the bad study habits students have developed over the years.  These habits, I have found, can include studying at inopportune times, using the same methods to study for different subjects, or not studying at all. Identifying these habits—and all those in between—involves in-depth history taking. 

Phase two involves identifying distractions that frequently draw the student’s attention away from study. 
These can include anything from the munchies to phone calls and texts, to boredom.  Removing these distractions sets the stage for new study behaviors and habits.

Phase three involves putting in place behaviors and habits to replace the bad study habits.  The most common replacement habits include: avoiding study marathons and studying for only realistic periods of time; studying the things having the biggest impacts; developing blocks of uninterrupted time; and making sure no two tasks
have the same importance. 

In a future post, I will elucidate these three phases further.  In the meantime, develop effective history-taking skills. 
 
 



Eliminating Bad Study Habits

 

While assisting students in developing effective study skils, I have found developing those skills is a three-phase process.  The first phase, and arguably the most important, is identifying the bad study habits students have developed over the years.  These habits, I have found, can include studying at inopportune times, using the same methods to study for different subjects, or not studying at all. 
Identifying these habits—and all those in between—involves in-depth history taking. 

 

Phase two involves identifying distractions that frequently draw the student’s attention away from study. These can include anything from the munchies to phone calls and texts, to boredom. Removing these distractions sets the stage for new study behaviors and habits.

 

Phase three involves putting in place behaviors and habits to replace the bad study habits.  The most common replacement habits include: avoiding study marathons and studying for only realistic periods of time; studying the things having the biggest impacts; developing blocks of uninterrupted time; and making sure no two tasks have the same importance. 

 

In a future post, I will elucidate these three phases further.  In the meantime, develop effective history-taking skills. 

Comments

This blog is much needed as many students struggle from a lack of personal process. protocol and procedure, when it comes down to being strategic during their personal study time which has the most impact on teaching and learning after the impact and benefits of the "effective" educator.