- Look at the learning objectives on the syllabus.
- Preview the text. Try to predict what’s important.
- Read the text. Highlight or take notes.
- Review your notes from the previous class period.
- Do the problems in the textbook.
- Use a notetaking system, such as the Cornell method.
- Use a three-ring binder.
- Write down your instructor’s explanations along with the problems you copy from the board or PowerPoint presentation.
- Organize your notes by topic according to your syllabus.
- Place handouts with the appropriate class notes.
- Ask questions about the problems in the textbook.
- Review lecture notes within 24 hours or you will forget 60-70% of the material.
- Fill in the gaps in your notes.
- Rework board or PowerPoint problems; practice solving for a different variable.
- Analyze your equations and diagrams by comparing them to the text. Make corrections or editions. Rewrite.
- Read your notes aloud.
During the Week
- Do all the problems from the textbook.
- Note questions to ask in class.
- Review text material you have already read.
- Take a concept, such as “equilibrium.” Think about everything involved with equilibrium conditions. Generate questions about all the relationships involved.
- Use memory techniques for formulas.
- Meet and study in groups.
- Use the tutoring services in the Center for Academic Success.
End of the Week
- Continually rework problems.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Test yourself. Use questions from:
- Problems you missed and examples from class
- The end of the chapter
- The concept questions you created
- The formulas
- Your class notes
- Agree upon a procedure.
- Possible activities:
- Compare notes
- Work and explain assignments and additional problems
- Predict test questions
- Review text to highlight areas covered in lecture or lab
After the Test and Quizzes:
- Always correct your errors.
- Work with the instructor, Center for Academic Success tutor or other students.
- Keep a file of problems missed to study for the midterm and final.
If you need help incorporating any of these study ideas, call the LLCC Center for Academic Success at 217-786-2396. All CAS services are free.