College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner by Dianna L. Van Blerkom

By Dianna L. Van Blerkom

University research talents: changing into A STRATEGIC LEARNER, 6th variation is a wide-ranging, useful textual content that specializes in assisting you turn into actively engaged on your personal studying. The textual content accommodates lively studying recommendations that can assist you achieve university by means of introducing a method, permitting you to perform it, and asking you to do self-assessments to achieve suggestions by yourself good fortune. This number of concepts and actions, in addition to real and interesting textual content fabric from various middle topic parts, supplies possibilities to use what you're studying in your direction paintings in different university periods. Chapters resembling ''Getting able to Learn'', ''Setting Goals'', ''Organizing textual content Information'', and ''Preparing for Essay Exams'' can help you comply with the recent atmosphere and expectancies of school studying, and a dynamic site that accompanies the textual content offers you extra assets for perform, move, and self-assessment

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Space out your study using the Five-Day Study Plan. Cramming the night before the exam simply isn’t very effective for storing information in long-term memory. Study for about two hours a day for four to six days depending on how much material is on your exam, for a total of about eight to ten hours (or more). • Divide the Material. Divide the material you need to learn into chunks. For an exam covering four chapters, focus on one chapter (and accompanying lecture notes) each day and plan a final review on day five.

There are many advantages to sitting in the front of the classroom. The obvious ones are that you’ll see and hear better, but you’ll also find that you tend to be more actively involved in the class when you sit near the front. You’ll also find that you have many fewer distractions, so you’ll be able to concentrate more on the lecture. • Be an Active Listener. Getting involved in the lecture is essential for understanding the material you’re hearing. Pay attention and tell yourself you want to listen.

Student Motivation, Cognition, and Learning: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1994). 4 • Chapter 1 Getting Ready to Learn You already know many things about yourself as a learner. You know which subjects you excel in, which types of classes you like, and which types of assignments you do best. You know something about your ability as a student from your grades in high school or scores on standardized tests. However, you may not know much about your learning style—about how you learn best—and you probably aren’t aware of many of the study and learning strategies that you’ll need to use to be successful in college.

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