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Study Improvement Activities

Read over the simple study improvement activities listed below.  Identify those that you feel might be productive for you and try them out. 

Lecture Notes. Meet with a classmate or two after class to compare your lecture notes.  Identify similarities and differences in how you heard the lecture material. Also, share your lecture note taking short hand.  Does your partner use something that will help you take notes more efficiently?

Textbook Notes.  With a group of classmates, share your systems of textbook marking and note taking.  See if someone has a notation system that will work for you. 

Stress Management.  Ask several upper school mates how they managed the stress of going to college.  Then make a list of “stress relievers” and put those that make sense to you into practice.

Study Conversation.  Meet regularly with a friend with the purpose of telling each other three interesting things that you have learned in class or read in your assigned reading.  This kind of sharing encourages learning and remembering.

Discussions about College. With a friend or two discuss the following: How do you define productive study? What is the purpose of studying? What is the difference between study quality and study quantity? How do you find a balance?  How important is your study attitude? Do you have a study style? Discussions like these will help keep things in perspective as well as motivate you to become a better student.

Thought Exercise.  Consider your best class where you received the best grades.  Recall why you had so much success in this class? Did you do anything different for this class? Did you approach it differently? Did you experience it with a different attitude?  Then consider what you can learn from this success story and how you can apply it to upcoming classes.

Study Satisfaction.  Take a moment and list the satisfactions that you get out of knowing a subject really well.  Then reflect on what it means to be an educated college student.

Just for Fun.  With a college friend identify different kinds of college students.  What “kind” of student are you?  What kind of college student would you like to be?

TV Challenge.  Make a pledge to yourself (or with your roommate) to reduce the amount of TV that you watch each week. Here are three possible pledges:

  • Eliminate TV entirely (or at least for a month)

  • Limit yourself to no more than two programs a week.

  • Only watch TV using the formula that allows you to watch one program for every three hours of study.

Replace some of the time spent watching TV with more study time.

Reaffirm Purpose.  Meet with a friend or group of friends once a semester to talk about the importance of school.  It is motivational to remind yourself of what you are trying to achieve by going to college.

Test Study Strategies.  With a group of peers share some of your techniques for studying for tests.  Listen for a strategy that will help you.

Time Management. Talk to several classmates about their approach to time management and organization.  Ask the question, “How do you organize all the demands on your time in college?"

Study Spaces.  Ask three to seven students where they like to study best.  Ask them why a certain study space works for them.  See if something makes sense for you.

Study Busters.  With a group of peers make a list of things that can interfere with, interrupt, or distract you from your studies.  With each “study buster” on your list, agree upon a remedy or alternative.

Study Log.  Keep a simple study log and compare it to your weekly schedule. Then ask yourself the following questions: Did you meet your study goals? Did you study as much as you had planned? Was your study time enough to complete your work?  Did you feel satisfied with the amount and quality of your study?

Study Goals.  Each time you sit down to study, write down in a pocket notebook your study goal or goals for that session.  When you finish each study session, give yourself a goal grade based on the extent to which you accomplished your goals.  Keep a list of all your study goals.  At the end of each week look to see how you scored cumulatively.  Your weekly grade may provide you with a hint about the efficiency and/or quality of your study time. 

Review Lectures. With a classmate take turns presenting an after class "mini lecture" based on what you just heard in class.  These short review talks will be a good way to cement the material in your mind.

College Skills.  Survey a few experienced students and ask them if they had done anything that they feel made them a better college student.  Learn from the experience of others.

 Content Discussions. After you read a textbook chapter or section, tell a friend or family member about something that you have just learned.  Try to present it in a way that will encourage discussion.

Brain Care. Take care of your brain by eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.  Get a realistic picture of how you eat, exercise, and sleep by keeping track of all three during a designated week.  Then at the end of the week see where you are shortchanging them and subsequently make necessary changes.