Developing Study Habits for Academic Success

 

It is normal to want to succeed in school or college.  Of course how one defines “succeed” may vary from individual to individual.  For some, including many public schools, success is defined simply as scoring high on tests.  For others, success is defined as gaining a true understanding of a subject that results not only in high grades, but in increased knowledge and the ability to use this knowledge in ways that further one's appreciation of the world and one's ability to make decisions, earn a living, parent children and be a useful citizen.

 

Studying in a way that accomplishes such goals is within the grasp of most people and virtually all college students.  It is not an inborn trait, or raw “intelligence” that makes successful students, it is the development of a set of skills and "good" habits that are easier to master than, for example, acquiring the ability to play a musical instrument or learning how to trouble shoot an automobile engine.  Unfortunately these skills are rarely taught or emphasized until one arrives at college.

 

Here are some tips and suggestions, many learned from my own experience, that might help you both achieve higher grades and begin to experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in your academic performance and in your role as a college student.

 

ATTITUDE                    PRINCIPLE OF "SPACED PRACTICE"         

 

SIMPLE STEPS                    TEXTBOOK STRATEGIES

 

FAMILY CONSIDERATIONS                    USING A TIME BUDGET

 

LIFESTYLE CONSIDERATIONS                    TAKING TESTS

 

CREATING A SPACE TO STUDY IN                    USING A STUDY GROUP

 

USING A LAPTOP IN CLASS