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April 2003 Issue

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Student Study Skills Tips

By Robin York, Chemeketa Community College

Email: yorr@exchange.chemeketa.edu


As a study skills instructor, I tell my students to avoid cramming.  However, there are times when you're left with no other option. So this month I am going to offer some information about how to cram.

You can get the most value out of cramming by "concentrating on review", "taking deep breaths when negative thoughts occur", "writing I CAN DO IT on a 3x5 card and keeping it handy", "avoiding stimulants", and "accomplish specific goals before going to sleep."

You may also try writing out a course summary, work your way through the notes and assignments but just "skim" the text, gather information about what's likely to be on the exam, find principal themes, subtopics, and major illustrations, be selective and be kind to yourself. Get at least 6 hrs sleep and finally, record (in writing) the pain of this experience so you won't repeat it!!


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