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December 2002 Issue

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Student Study Skills Tips

By Robin York, Chemeketa Community College

Email: yorr@exchange.chemeketa.edu

Study Rewards

Rewards are very important to the maintenance of your study behavior. Studying is hard work and you need to be rewarded for it - right away. Without immediate rewards, you will become increasingly reluctant to put in the required effort. Unfortunately, the rewards of good study habits often do not materialize until the future, i.e. a satisfying job, sporty car, prestige, financial security, etc.

So, what kinds of rewards can you build into your daily schedule? Rewards that will be readily available and inexpensive. Here are some suggestions: a late-night snack with a favorite friend, seeing a movie (if your studies were finished earlier), or picking up your favorite novel for some light reading. Your activities could be very different and that is ok. What is important is that you plan rewards that you enjoy!

The biggest mistake students make is engaging in their favorite activities before they study. This is not productive because by the time they get to the study session, the motivation has vanished. Remember: Study first, play later.


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