H.D. Beach & J.A. Parsons
Students have found the following ideas very useful for learning
better in less time. When you sit town to study, review the list
and select those tactics you will use. Then use them, and put a
line under that item. Keep track of those that work best for you
and make them part of your "study habits."
Time Management & Goals
- Underset rather than overset goals.
- Make up a weekly list of things to accomplish.
- Make up a "to-do" list for tomorrow and set priorities.
- Keep track on paper of time studying and what you
- Reward yourself for finishing items on your "to-do" list.
Reading. Comprehending and Remembering
- Use PSQ5R.
- Focus at least 50% of your study time on "output" of
- Practice doing what you will be asked to do on the exam.
- Set your purpose before beginning to read or study.
- Prepare study sheets that reorganize the information in ways
that fit your learning style (e.g., Tables, Figures, Flow Charts,
- Survey reading materials and notes to find the Focus and
Perspective before you begin to read or study.
- Practice remembering the information (reciting and writing)
without the aid of notes, text or study sheets. Remember you
won't have these during the exam.
- As you survey a reading selection, formulate questions you
will answer as you read. (Who, What, Where, How, Why,
- Form a study group and spend time asking each other questions
and "teaching" one another the most important material.
- Read selectively to satisfy your stated purpose. When you
have, stop, recite and move on to something else and reward
- When reading something you must remember, test yourself by
attempting to recite it in your own words.
- Study something until you can recite it before you underline
or write it into your notes.
- Use methods of diversion and relaxation that keep you alert
- Use a particular spot for STUDY ONLY.
- Relate material to your life, job and daily activities.