Study Tips

  1. Okay so my first class went great, turns out it was only orientation with a little intro lecture and video on additions and vitals - yay no quiz :hatparty: . The classes aren't as long as I was told and it's only in 10 weeks, I'm going to be working as a CNA by the end of November!
    Anyway, I thought you could all find this useful, it was handed out to us for study/reading help


    STUDY TIPS

    Taken from the Reader's Digest article "Secrets of Straight -A Students" by Edwin Keister, Jr., and Sally V. Kiester

    1. Set priorities: Study is business; business comes before recreation. No phone calls, TV shows or snacks.

    2. Study anywhere - or everywhere: Find a study time that agrees with you, make sure the study time is consistent. Examples: pick a time that is best for you, quietest, etc. Use every minute available to study. Example: posting study words on mirror where you brush your teeth.

    3. Get organized: Keep all books, pencils, notes right where you can put your hands on them. Organize your notes into systems etc.

    4. Learn how to read: Use your textbook wisely, read the learning objectives of the unit first, then the chapter headings, also read the summary of the chapter if there is one. Doing these things will help you to get a sense of the material to be covered. While you are reading, ask yourself questions about what you have just read and check your answers.

    5. Schedule Your Time: Divide reading time into units, take time out to relax etc., when studying, divide the time into units too, this will allow the material to "sink in" over a period of time. The so called "cramming" is really not as effective.

    6. Take Good Notes: Take notes while you are reading your assignment, compliment these notes with notes taken during the lecture. Learn to summarize the important points of the reading material as well as the lecture notes. Have an instructor check your notes to make sure you have included the main points of the lecture.

    7. Speak up: If you don't understand the subject material the instructor is talking about. Asking questions will help you to better understand the material.

    8. Study with a fellow student when possible: Discuss the homework together, explain the main points to each other ask each other questions. Learning to talk about the subject with each other will enhance learning.

    9. Test Yourself: High-light notes that you think may be asked in exams or quizzes. Formulae test questions based on what you have high-lighted. If you can't answer the questions, go back and review. Research has proven that students who follow many of theses suggestions score higher than students who do not.




    STUDY SKILLS
    USING PQ4R

    PQ4R: stands for Preview, Questions, Read, Reflect, Recite and Review

    Preview: Introduce yourself to the unit of study or chapter by reviewing the learning objectives listed at the beginning of the unit, scanning the section headings, reading the unit summary at the end of the unit and the initial sentences of the major sections. All of these procedures will help you to form an understanding of what the unit of study is about and remember the material contained in that unit.

    Question: Generate questions by turning the headings and subheadings into questions. It may be helpful to write down the questions as they come to mind.

    Read: When reading pay attention to the main ideas, details and other information. Slow down your reading speed if necessary to ensure understand complicated information.

    Reflect: While you are reading, try to think of examples or create images of the subject matter described.

    Recite: Try to answer questions about what you have just read. Can you do it without the book? In doing this you are giving your mind a second chance to connect what you have just read with what you already know. Reciting also helps you to monitor your understanding of the material and what you may need to re-read before moving on to another section. Reciting should take place after each headed section or more frequently for difficult material.

    Review: When you take time to review what you have just read the new material goes into your long term memory and will stay there until you need it later. Review should include going back to the sections and chapters you have read previously. Re-reading is one form of review, but answering key questions without the use of your book is the best way. Wrong answers will help you to focus on the areas where you need to really study.

    PQ4R will take more of your time in the study process, however, you will gain the ability to be more aware of the organization of the chapters, organize your memory of material you have read and study the material in sections instead of one big piece. Studying in sections will help you to understand and remember the subject material much better.


    ~Michelle
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  3. by   gdelrosa
    Quote from TheNewDino
    Okay so my first class went great, turns out it was only orientation with a little intro lecture and video on additions and vitals - yay no quiz :hatparty: . The classes aren't as long as I was told and it's only in 10 weeks, I'm going to be working as a CNA by the end of November!
    Anyway, I thought you could all find this useful, it was handed out to us for study/reading help


    STUDY TIPS

    Taken from the Reader's Digest article "Secrets of Straight -A Students" by Edwin Keister, Jr., and Sally V. Kiester

    1. Set priorities: Study is business; business comes before recreation. No phone calls, TV shows or snacks.

    2. Study anywhere - or everywhere: Find a study time that agrees with you, make sure the study time is consistent. Examples: pick a time that is best for you, quietest, etc. Use every minute available to study. Example: posting study words on mirror where you brush your teeth.

    3. Get organized: Keep all books, pencils, notes right where you can put your hands on them. Organize your notes into systems etc.

    4. Learn how to read: Use your textbook wisely, read the learning objectives of the unit first, then the chapter headings, also read the summary of the chapter if there is one. Doing these things will help you to get a sense of the material to be covered. While you are reading, ask yourself questions about what you have just read and check your answers.

    5. Schedule Your Time: Divide reading time into units, take time out to relax etc., when studying, divi
    de the time into units too, this will allow the material to "sink in" over a period of time. The so called "cramming" is really not as effective.

    6. Take Good Notes: Take notes while you are reading your assignment, compliment these notes with notes taken during the lecture. Learn to summarize the important points of the reading material as well as the lecture notes. Have an instructor check your notes to make sure you have included the main points of the lecture.

    7. Speak up: If you don't understand the subject material the instructor is talking about. Asking questions will help you to better understand the material.

    8. Study with a fellow student when possible: Discuss the homework together, explain the main points to each other ask each other questions. Learning to talk about the subject with each other will enhance learning.

    9. Test Yourself: High-light notes that you think may be asked in exams or quizzes. Formulae test questions based on what you have high-lighted. If you can't answer the questions, go back and review. Research has proven that students who follow many of theses suggestions score higher than students who do not.




    STUDY SKILLS
    USING PQ4R

    PQ4R: stands for Preview, Questions, Read, Reflect, Recite and Review

    Preview: Introduce yourself to the unit of study or chapter by reviewing the learning objectives listed at the beginning of the unit, scanning the section headings, reading the unit summary at the end of the unit and the initial sentences of the major sections. All of these procedures will help you to form an understanding of what the unit of study is about and remember the material contained in that unit.

    Question: Generate questions by turning the headings and subheadings into questions. It may be helpful to write down the questions as they come to mind.

    Read: When reading pay attention to the main ideas, details and other information. Slow down your reading speed if necessary to ensure understand complicated information.

    Reflect: While you are reading, try to think of examples or create images of the subject matter described.

    Recite: Try to answer questions about what you have just read. Can you do it without the book? In doing this you are giving your mind a second chance to connect what you have just read with what you already know. Reciting also helps you to monitor your understanding of the material and what you may need to re-read before moving on to another section. Reciting should take place after each headed section or more frequently for difficult material.

    Review: When you take time to review what you have just read the new material goes into your long term memory and will stay there until you need it later. Review should include going back to the sections and chapters you have read previously. Re-reading is one form of review, but answering key questions without the use of your book is the best way. Wrong answers will help you to focus on the areas where you need to really study.

    PQ4R will take more of your time in the study process, however, you will gain the ability to be more aware of the organization of the chapters, organize your memory of material you have read and study the material in sections instead of one big piece. Studying in sections will help you to understand and remember the subject material much better.


    ~Michelle
    These should come in handy.
  4. by   Mona Mona
    Awesome tips! THANKS!
  5. by   ricced
    this is what I do, the recite part is the hardest of them all since I have to integrate everything together. guess its all about practice.

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