Some other study tips:
]Learn to Study Smarter - Not Harder
Achieved with good time management
"Winner has a plan; a loser has an excuse "Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan"
]Learn to Use a Necessary Education Tool
Number 1 Friend FOR Students!
]Textbooks look like books, feel like books, but are not to be necessarily treated like books!
More correctly considered a tool
]The Textbook as a Tool
- Convenient way to organize a great volume of information
- Full of pictures and graphs
- Various sizes and colors of text
- Boxes of additional information and facts
- All can be selected - as needed - to assist learning
]Why Bother with the Textbook?
- 70% of test questions come from the class lecture
- Majority of study time should be spent on notes and handouts
- 30% of test questions come from the textbook
- Knowledge from the textbook can move you from a failing to a passing grade!
]Know What is in Your Textbook Toolbox
]Table of Contents
- Map of the book
- Speeds up finding information
- Provides the "big picture" of the book
- Provides a sense of sequence of material
- A "must read"
- Provides purpose for the book's design
- Author tells how to use this textbook
- Interpretation of the graphics
- Use of boldface, italics, and color text
- A vocabulary list
- Contributes to understanding
- Aids in learning new terminology
]Index or Indices
- Provides a map of the textbook using specific words, terms and/or phrases
- Great for locating specific information
- Looking up a key word listing will provide page numbers for additional information
]Appendix or Appendices
- Provides specialized information
- Format is usually Tables and Charts
- Nursing Diagnoses
- Nutritional information
- Foreign phrases
]Reading a Textbook
- Should be an active process
- Read out loud whenever possible
- Read to another person to sharpen reading comprehension
- Reading" an Assignment
- Read Chapter introduction
- Read Objectives if available
- Read Chapter Summary or ending paragraphs
- Read the Chapter "Outline"
What Chapter "Outline?"
* Furnished by the author when book was planned
* Publisher looks at general structure of book
* Author "fleshes out" the outline
* Publisher drops the Roman Numerals so finished book flows better
* Major divisions indicated through text size, color, capital letters, etc.
- You can re-outline the chapter by just re-inserting the Roman Numerals
- Save your time and paper!
]Advantages of "Reading" Process
* Improves reading comprehension
* Saves time
* Will break assignments into manageable segments
* Keeps the assignments from feeling overwhelming
]Highlights of Highlighting
* Must be discriminate
* Only highlight 5 things on a page
- Prevents over-highlighting
- Forces you to look at material objectively
- Helps you seek most important information on each page
* May choose the topic sentence of each paragraph
- Author's principle ideas
]Write in Your Book!
* Textbooks have wide margins just for this purpose
* Great place to write definitions
Useful when cross referencing lecture notes with the textbook
]How to Physically Study
* Limit or eliminate distractions
* Get functionally comfortable
* Plan to work for a specific period of time
]How and What to Study
* Review your notes
* Cross reference lecture notes with your textbook
* Review class handouts
* Do practice questions related to the material
- Make up your own
- Use textbook CDs when available
* Opportunity to sort through information at your own pace
* Study with a really smart person
- Read notes out loud to yourself in front of a mirror
- See yourself learning AND teaching!
]Study Out Loud
Makes studying an active process!
]Study with a Group
* Expands your concepts & understanding
* Allows you to teach others - an excellent way to learn
* Keeps you from becoming bored
]Study Group Cautions
* Group must be dedicated
* Seek partners that are a comfortable match
* Change groups if it doesn't work
* Don't be the only teacher
- Learn a topic, teach a topic, & learn the topic better
* Students love them or hate them
-Don't spend long periods of time preparing them
* Useful to recapture "lost moments of time"
* Good for material to be memorized
-Don't put too much information on each card
Program success depends on the student's willingness to do what must be done to be successful.
Educational success cannot be achieved without focused effort on the part of the student.
In order to be academically successful, many students just need to get out of their own way!