1. Get familiar with the course outline (syllabus), making sure you know when projects are due, tests are scheduled and other expectations of your professor.

  2 .Be familiar with the table of contents of your textbook and the schedule of lectures for your course if it is listed in the syllabus.

  3. Use SQ3R on the chapters scheduled for the lecture.

  4. With a word processor, outline the same chapters (as described "How To Use A Textbook”).

  5. Print the outline (at least double spaced) and bring it to the lecture.

  6. Add your own handwritten notes to the outline during the classroom lecture.

  7. After the lecture, read the chapter and compare it to your lecture notes.  If you are the type of learner who remembers best through keyboarding, then type up your handwritten notes and add them to your outline.

  8. Download the quiz questions for the chapter on the textbook website and for the exams from this website.  Attempt to answer them all. Make sure you keep track of the questions you get wrong.

  9. Prepare flashcards for the chapter.

10. Take the quiz and exam questions again.

11. Keep taking them over time until you get all of the questions correct.

12. Use the flash cards whenever you have a few free moments.

13. Use these materials to prepare for the exams.

14. Set aside time for the scrapbook project.


Become familiar with how long each of these steps requires.  Use the Time Budget form (See “Time Budgeting” below) to PLAN a schedule of times to study, THEN STICK TO IT.  Remember the famous saying that describes people who get things done: “Plan the work, then work the plan.”





1.      Break up your study time into short, frequent blocks of time (see “Spaced Practice”).

2.      Use the principle of “overlearning” (use of repetition – studying the same thing over and over).

3.      Get sufficient sleep and exercise; watch your diet.

4.      Avoid the use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol in general, and for certain while you are studying.

5.      Pay attention to your friends and keep up your social relationships.

6.      Keep a sense of humor.

7.      Think about the subject you are taking.  Relate the subjects you are taking to your own life.

8.      Try to relate the subjects you are taking to each other.