Study techniques

"Usually when I study, I tend to take frequent breaks. This way I don't study too much all at once. I use flash cards, talk out loud, and use the image database online. I also go over the prelabs, practice quizzes, and lecture notes. I write out the homework as many times as needed to make sure I know the information. I do a little bit of everything." Student Wendy T.

I use several studying techniques. In addition to reading the notes, I listen to the audio portion with the on-line lecture notes. I find the on-line quizzes to be very helpful. I review those frequently and also I can use the questions that I get wrong as an indicator of what I need to study more. I make flash cards and also record the lecture class to listen to frequently. I try to really think about the processes and piece them together so that they make sense to me. I also find writing things out to be very helpful. Student Robin A.

Test questions will examine more than your ability to memorize. A higher level of  understanding of the subject material is required to answer many questions. This understanding may be obtained by one or more of the following methods.

Study suggestions:
determine what is important by using notes or course objectives;
read only the material covered by the notes or objectives;
when reading, underline important facts and concepts;
read text pages once, and then try some other way to learn and reinforce the information;
      make flash cards;
      write essays;
      draw pictures;
      use clay, cloth or paper to "sculpt" physical structures;
      create diagrams:
      produce concept maps.

Minimize reading/Maximize doing!

In general:
Study, do not just read or try to memorize, the assigned material;
Recognize and deal with text anxiety;
Study course concepts more than once each week, preferably with a small group of your fellow students;
When you study, alone or with others, identify the important concepts within the course material;
Establish interrelation-ships between these concepts by using concept maps or other similar tools;
Talk with your instructor outside class either individually or during organized help sessions;
Relate new things you read or hear about to something you already know or can easily remember;
Most importantly, learn to test yourself frequently and in the same manner as your instructor.

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Each person has several different ways of studying -make them work for you.

Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

11/2009


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