Productive Study Skills Techniques
- Find a quiet place. Let friends and family know that it is your quiet, study time.
- Have all necessary supplies and resources: Paper, pencils/pens, textbooks, dictionary-or cell phone to look up words and to do research.
- Create your personalized time management calendar.
Get a paper calendar that you can print from the Internet or use a digital calendar format.
Schedule your study time in blocks. Block out your work, chore, clubs/memberships, volunteer, travel, and daily routine times as well. Look to see where you can schedule more study time in. Adjust your calendar as needed.
- Consider Using the Cornell Note-Taking Method both in and out of class.
Write in phrases and abbreviations not complete sentences. Write Key terms. Instead of writing "Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States." write Lincoln-16th Pres" (or 16th POTUS).
- Review notes as after class as soon as possible.
- Make note cards and quiz yourself.
- Study in chunks. After 20-30 minutes take a 5-7 minute break.
- Seek help when needed.