October 2002 Issue
Student Study Skills Tips
Robin York, Chemeketa Community College
With college classes in full swing across the country, students are finding
that they will usually have to read, study and learn the information contained
in five or more textbooks. This may seem an impossible task, however, it can be
accomplished by employing any one of the following study reading system.
A very popular system is the Survey, Question, Read, and Record, Recite, and
Review method (SQ4R). This system has been used in academia for over 40 years.
The SOAR study formula is an acronym for Survey, Organize, Anticipate (test
questions), Recite and Review. Note that in both of these systems, the survey
step is included. The PQRST method; Preview, Question, Read, Summarize, and Test
has many steps but the result of applying each technique will prove rewarding.
PRWR is a more condensed system, but effective. The letters stand for Preview,
Read, Write, and Review. All of these systems include a review step. Reviewing
is an essential step for storage in long term memory and long term memory
By using one of these study reading systems or by developing your own, you will
be organizing your learning material in a meaningful way. And, if your material
is organized in a meaningful way, it becomes easier to learn.
Don't get caught in the trap, "Oh, it takes too much time". The time you spend
reading the material once and remembering it, will save you time because you
will not have to re-read.
Apply a study reading system and watch those grades SOAR...........
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