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Start the Semester with Better Study Strategies

Start the Semester with Better Study Strategies

Now that summer is over, you find yourself staring at a full-time load of classes. The pressure’s on. Don’t worry! The ACU Library has put together a Pathfinder on effective study strategies to connect you with resources that can save you time and stress. This Pathfinder features books, eBooks, websites, and handouts on time management, textbook reading, test preparation, test anxiety, and more. Learn how to learn with the “Improve Your Memory” handout. Get more out of your study time with the “Time Management Tips for Study” handout. With better study strategies, you can succeed in college and stay sane. Keep reading for a taste of what I’m talking about. If you haven’t already, you’ll soon discover that college reading is tough stuff. Textbooks may be a cure for insomnia, but they can facilitate learning, too, if you use them properly. One common strategy for textbook reading is SQ4R, shorthand for Survey, Question, Read, Write, Recite, Review. Follow these steps to get more from reading textbooks (and other things): 1. Survey: Take about ten minutes to glance through the chapter. Start at the beginning and read the introduction and learning objectives. Then go through the chapter and look at headings, subheadings, pictures and captions, special boxes, and end-of-chapter summaries. Read the first sentence of most paragraphs as you do this. After this survey, your brain will be more ready to learn, since you’ll know where the chapter is going. Survey reading is like looking at a map before going on a road trip. 2. Question: Write down some questions based on what you saw during the survey reading. Turn...
Don’t Put Off Reading This Article

Don’t Put Off Reading This Article

Sometimes homework can wait until tomorrow. But eventually procrastination piles on the pressure to get things done. Save some stress by following these strategies to raise motivation and avoid procrastination. 1. Create an assignment calendar. Take a monthly calendar and write or type in when graded assignments (papers, projects, etc.) are due. Then add in quiz and test dates. As a result, you’ll have a coordinated schedule of your classes’ most important dates. This time-management tool makes it easier to look ahead for looming deadlines and busy weeks. Assignment calendars can motivate you to start homework sooner. 2. Take the “divide-and-conquer” approach to homework. Break large projects, papers, and readings into smaller parts. Set doable study goals based on the task at hand and the time you have. Ask yourself, “What can I get done within this hour?” and realize that small accomplishments eventually lead to a big accomplishment. Keeping a checklist of these can be even more motivating. 3. Reward yourself. Do something fun for completing your study goals. Take the time to work on homework and make the necessary progress. Then enjoy your free time without regret. For more study strategies, take a look at the resources in the “How to Study Effectively” Pathfinder. This and other “How-to” Pathfinders can help you succeed in college and avoid stress. Learn how to get more from textbook reading, how to conquer test anxiety, how to write better papers and more! From the ACU Library’s website, click on “Start your research with a Pathfinder!” and scroll down to the “How-to Guides” to find them. To stay updated on what the ACU Library...
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