Ask yourself questions as you read or study. As you answer them, you will help to
make sense of the material and remember it more easily because the process will make an impression on you. Those
things that make impressions are more meaningful, and therefore more easily remembered. Don't be afraid to write
your questions in the margins of textbooks, on lecture notes, or wherever it makes sense.
Read - Reading is NOT running your eyes over a textbook. When you read, read actively. Read to
answer questions you have asked yourself or questions the instructor or author has asked. Always be alert to bold
or italicized print. The authors intend that this material receive special emphasis. Also, when you read, be sure
to read everything, including tables, graphs and illustrations. Often times tables, graphs and illustrations can
convey an idea more powerfully than written text.
Recite - When you recite, you stop reading periodically
to recall what you have read. Try to recall main headings, important ideas of concepts presented in bold or
italicized type, and what graphs charts or illustrations indicate. Try to develop an overall concept of what you
have read in your own words and thoughts. Try to connect things you have just read to things you already know. When
you do this periodically, the chances are you will remember much more and be able to recall material for papers,
essays and objective tests.
Review - A review is a survey of what you have covered.
It is a review of what you are supposed to accomplish not what you are going to do. Rereading is an important part
of the review process. Reread with the idea that you are measuring what you have gained from the
During review, it's a good time to go over notes you have taken to help clarify
points you may have missed or don't understand. The best time to review is when you have just finished studying
something. Don't wait until just before an examination to begin the review process. Before an examination, do a
final review. If you manage your time, the final review can thought of as a "fine-tuning" of your knowledge of the
Learn to keep notes logically and legibly. Remember, if you can't read your own
writing a few days after taking notes, they are of little use. By all accounts, the best place to keep notes is in
a loose-leaf notebook. Use dividers to separate the different classes you take. Make it a habit of using your
notebook to record ALL your notes.
If you're caught without your notebook and need to take notes, always have a supply
of loose-leaf paper with you. Insert your notepapers into the notebook as soon as you can. Be sure to buy a good
notebook, as it will get a lot of wear and tear.
Now that we’ve got studying covered, let’s look at another huge aspect of college
life – paying the bills and finding the money to do so!
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