Study skills tips (Released:
by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University
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
- Learn to use the library effectively. Ask the librarian to show
you how to use a card catalog and a computer to locate
- Keep up with assignments. Obtain a course syllabus and check it
- 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
- 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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