How to Study Guide

COURSEWORK STUDY STRATEGIES

· Be mindful of time management. Make sure you set aside enough time to properly study and prepare for your assignments. Try not to procrastinate.

· Create an orderly and quiet space in which to study.

· Take thorough and complete notes. Do not rely on rote memory skills.

· Use your weekly lesson outcomes as a guide to outline your study materials.

· Prioritize time for mid-term and final projects well in advance of the days they are due. Utilize the Online “Study Hall” chat room accessible through the “How to Succeed” page to study with your classmates

· If you spend a good deal of time in a situation in which you can listen to tapes or CD’s, (for example: drive time to work), place your notes on audio and listen to them.

· Listen to your recorded lectures as many times as necessary until you understand the content.

· Do not hesitate to ask questions. Submit tutoring forms when you need additional assistance. We are more than happy and willing to help you!

· Avoid being absent at live lectures if possible. Otherwise, LISTEN to ALL of your recorded lectures.

· If you have a series of items to remember, use a memory (mnemonic device) aid. One of the first memory aids for many students was in the elementary grades and you tried to remember the names of the great lakes. HOMES – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. If you cannot make a word from the first letters of the items needed, put them in alphabetical order or whatever makes sense to you.

READING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES

· View the VitalSource Support Page to learn how to use the features of your eBook such as highlighting, notes and audible reading.

· Look at the text title, authors, and publisher. Read through the introductory pages at the beginning, particularly those pages for students. Scan through the Table of Contents. This table will include chapter titles, subtitles within the chapters and page numbers.

· Now look at the back of the book. The index of the text contains names of material covered in the chapters and the page numbers where those names can be found. For example, if you are in HIT-110 Medical Terminology for Health Professions and the concept of endocrinology is covered in that chapter, the index will list that concept and the page number. The index can save you much time in finding a topic in the book.

· When you begin a chapter, think about the study topic before beginning to read. Think about three questions you would like to have answered about the topic.

· Review any charts, graphs, tables, or diagrams that may be included in that chapter.

· Highlight and find definitions for unfamiliar terms. You will notice objectives or key terms or both on the first few pages. Make a list and give the definitions. These are the terms you will see in that chapter. These are the terms you must know to be able to understand the chapter material.

· Now read the chapter and take notes as you read. If you find this difficult, you may want to read the chapter first, then go back to the beginning and make an outline of the material. Use the major headings and sub-headings as your outline. If you have questions when you are outlining, make a marginal note to ask your instructor about that topic.

· Personalize the information. For example, if you are studying business information, relate an item to someone you know in business.

· The above suggestions are simply suggestions. You do not have to approach your course in this manner, but for those of you who have been out of school for a while; these methods may work for you. Remember, if you have any difficulties, please notify your instructor.