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BASIC STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE STUDIESEffective learning depends upon good study habits Efficient study skills do not simply occur they must first be learned and then applied consistently Good study strategies include a preset time for study a desirable place to study and a well-designed study planAll of us think we have more things to do than we have time to do and studying gets shortchanged It is important to prepare a schedule of daily activities that includes time slots for doing the studying we have to do Within each study slot write in the specific study activity for example Read Unit 6 of accounting do Problems 1-5 Keep the schedule flexible so that it can be modified after you assess your success in meeting your study goals within each time slotChoose the best place to study and use the same one every day Doing so will help to put you in a study mood when you enter that place According to Usova 1989 37 The library is not always a desirable place to study Choose a place that has the fewest distractions such as people traffic conversation telephone TV and outside noises Study is usually best done alone and in the absence of sights and sounds that distract the eye and ear In your chosen quite place force the mind to concentrate on the task at handResearch on the effects of specific study skills on student performance Dansereau 1985 39 suggests that the following study tactics help to improve academic performance1 Skim a unit or a chapter noting headings topic sentences key words and definitions This overview will clue you to what you are about to study2 As you read a unit or chapter convert the headings into questions then seek answers to those questions as you read3 If you own the book use the color marking pens to highlight important ideas headings topic sentences special terms definitions and supporting facts If you dont own
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