study distractionsHow you organize and integrate new information is more important than how much time you spend studying.

“Where do I Begin?”

  • Make a list of all the things you have to do.
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Chunk your workload into manageable parts.
  • Prioritize.
  • Make a schedule and be realistic with your time.
  • Plan study breaks.
  • Begin early. Don’t cram.

“Boring…. I can’t even stay awake”

  • Get actively involved with the text as you read.
  • For each section ask, “What is important to remember?”
  • Take notes and underline key concepts.
  • Study with peers.

“It won’t stick. I can’t remember it”

  • We remember best the things that are most meaningful to us so elaborate on the information with your own examples.
  • Use Mnemonics. Mnemonics are strategies that help us associate new information with something familiar.
  • Review and review often.
  • After each section try to recall the information; reread the portions you have trouble remembering.

“I think I understand it. How can I be sure?”

  • Test yourself.
  • Make up questions from your notes, key sections, or your reading.
  • Remember to test yourself on concepts that your teacher stressed in class.

“There is just too much”

  • Organize the information.
  • Write Chapter summaries or outlines.
  • Group information in to categories.
  • Map the information using graphic organizers, charts, tables, graphs, etc.

“I can study in my bed”

  • Context is important. We recall information better when the study setting is similar to the testing setting.

“If I cram, it will be fresh in my mind”

  • Recall increases as study time gets spread out over time.
  • Avoid mental exhaustion.
  • When studying, you need short breaks.
  • Have a rested mind before a test.
  • Before you go to bed, relax mentally and physically.
  • Eat well, sleep, and get enough exercise.