To assess your personal study habits, please print and complete the study habits checklist.
Information from the printable self-assessment is included below.
- Do you keep up to date in your text reading and other assignments?
- Do you have a study-schedule plan in which you set aside time each day for studying and reviewing?
- Do you schedule manageable study periods and frequent periods for review, interspersing 50-minutes of studying with 10-minute breaks?
- Do you read over the Table of Contents of a book before you begin studying the book?
- Before studying the book, do you take 10 minutes to thumb through the book as a whole to check for the presence of study aids such as glossaries, summaries, outlines, italicized or bold-faced words, and charts?
- Before each reading assignment, do you take 10-15 minutes to preview the chapter (familiarizing yourself with charts, illustrations, key words, summaries, etc.)?
- Do you write down questions based on the preview so that you approach your reading and class with an active inquiring mind?
- Do you look up or find the meaning of important new words and key terms?
- As you read an assignment, do you turn section headings into questions that you actually are trying to answer?
- Do you find the main idea of each paragraph or section and repeat it aloud to yourself?
- Do you read one section of a chapter at a time rather than reading straight through the entire chapter?
- Do you seek out other reading materials in addition to assigned textbook sections if you need to strengthen your understanding?
- Do you utilize review questions or summaries at the end of a chapter to test your recall of what you’ve read?
- Do you write key terms and definitions on 3×5 note cards or notebook paper?
- Do you display an interest or enthusiasm for a course to people around you (fellow students, instructor, etc)?
- If you do not understand a concept, do you ask the instructor?
- When studying material to be remembered, do you try to summarize it or put it into your own words?
- Do you distribute the study of a lengthy assignment over several study sessions (less than an hour each)?
- Do you deliberately relate new or unfamiliar material to things that you already know?
- When studying information to be memorized, do you practice or review over many short sessions
- Do you always take class notes?
- Do you ask questions or initiate comments in each class?
- During class, do you try to compare or relate ideas being presented in class to ideas from the textbook?
- Do you approach each class with questions from your readings or preview?
- Do you review and edit your class notes within 24 hours?
- Do you write down possible test questions while reviewing your class notes?
- Do you review all your notes weekly?
- Before starting to write a paper, do you collect information and ideas from other people or outside readings?
- Before writing a paper, do you make an outline OR list ideas and then organize them into a meaningful order?
- In writing a paper, do you clearly indicate the main ideas of the paper as well as each paragraph?
- In writing a paper, do you write a first draft, edit and rewrite the paper at least once?
Preparing for Examinations
- In studying for an examination, do you distribute your studying over at least 3 or 4 one-hour sessions?
- As you review, do you relate class notes to textbook notes to reinforce the main ideas?
- Do you create memory devices, such as acronyms, to help you remember lists of terms, etc.?
- Do you make up examination questions that you think will be asked and then find the answers?
- Do you get a normal amount of sleep the night before an exam so that you are well-rested and alert?
- When taking an exam, do you first carefully read each section’s directions and look through the entire test?
- Before beginning the test, do you make plans for distributing your time among the questions?
- In taking an essay examination, do you quickly outline your answer before you start to write?
- At the end of an examination, do you proofread or check your answers?
- In multiple-choice, matching and true-false tests, are you aware of good strategies in finding answers?
- Do you study in a quiet place – one that is free from noisy disturbances?
- Do you study by yourself before studying with others?
- Do you have a special location to study – separate from relaxation or sleeping furniture?