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Study skills tips (Released: 8/13/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Buckling down to study after the freedom of summer can be a challenge. John Szarlan, a counselor with the University of Connecticut's Student Counseling Services, has 10 tips for students to get off to a good start this fall:

  • Attend class
  • Manage your time effectively. At college, schedule two hours of study for every hour in class.
  • Find a place to study that's well-lit, free from distractions, and near the resources you may need when studying.
  • Learn to use the library effectively. Ask the librarian to show you how to use a card catalog and a computer to locate materials.
  • Keep up with assignments. Obtain a course syllabus and check it often.
  • When reading or listening, identify the main ideas and supporting details. Do not try to write everything down. Review reading and lecture notes within 24 hours, and again from time to time.
  • If you don't understand some material, ask your professor, teaching assistant, or seek tutoring to learn the material.
  • Leave adequate time to prepare for exams. Don't wait till the night before the exam to start studying. Attend all review sessions for an exam
  • Take care of yourself. Eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise, and find time to relax.
  • If you encounter a problem, don't ignore it and hope it will go away. Consult a counselor.
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