Tips for Active Classroom Learning
1. Come prepared for class.
2. Read your assignment before the next class meeting. You will then be able to ask questions about information which you do not understand.
3. Write notes in the textbook and highlight important topics with a colored marker pen if the instructor is lecturing about textbook information.
4. When taking notes about the instructor’s lecture, write down the main points. Avoid writing every word. If you miss a point in the lecture, leave a blank space and ask the instructor or another student after class.
5. Be sure to review and edit your notes later the same day.
6. Listen carefully and ask questions if you do not understand something.
7. Actively participate in classroom discussion.
8. Set up a study schedule and follow it. Allow enough time for all your classes. Keep up with your assignments day by day or within the respective week. This avoids having to “cram”.
Tips for Studying
1. Select the best time for you to study. Develop a study plan and follow it.
2. Select a quiet place to study. Be aware of proper lighting and ventilation. Try to study sitting upright at a desk.
3. Avoid all interruptions- computer, phone, radio, TV, people.
4. Be prepared- have all reading material, writing utensils and any other material you may need to study with.
5. Keep a “Things I Have To Do” list. List dates when assignments and projects are due. Update the list frequently.
6. Review your class notes the day you wrote them. Re-write them if they are hard to read.
7. Survey a book chapter before you begin reading it. Actively read it by underlining important points. Create an outline and take notes, summarize the main points.
8. After you read carefully and take notes, try closing the book and see if you can recite a summary.
9. Review the chapter one more time to pick up any key details that may have slipped by you.
10. Be strict with yourself. Force yourself to follow your study schedule. Re-read and review difficult information until you understand it.
11. Make a list of questions to ask your instructor about material that needs clarification.
Tips for Preparing for a Test
1. Find out information about the test from the instructor:
A. Type of test-objective, essay, true/false, etc.
B. The number of questions and how many points they are worth.
C. The material to be covered.
D. The value of the test toward the final grade.
2. Set up an exam study schedule which includes at least three one-hour sessions or six half-hour sessions.
3. Know your own best time to study. Many people learn best in daylight hours.
4. Maximize the quality of your study time by paying attention to the following details:
A. Select a room where the light is bright and the air temperature is fresh. A warm, poorly lit room will make you sleepy.
B. Get Organized- have all the materials you need to study with you when beginning your study session.
C. Select a quiet setting that is free from interruptions, such as the telephone, radio, and people.
5. Review as actively as possible; use pencil and paper, use color markers to highlight special items in your notes; make flash cards for material to be memorized.
6. Make up an exam as if you were the instructor; then take the exam.
7. Pay attention to troublesome points. Make another list for these areas on separate flash cards.
8. Organize your thoughts for possible essay questions. Know the concept about which you are writing.
9. Set up a study session with two or three people from class. Ask each other questions and discuss important concepts. Avoid getting off the subject and wasting time.
Tips for Taking the Test
1. Get to class early or at least on time.
2. Be prepared with your pen and other material requested by the instructor.
3. Understand the test instructions. Ask questions for clarification before the test begins.
4. Be aware of how much time you have to complete the test.
5. Skim the entire test first: note the point value, types of questions.
6. Re-read all you answers, if you have time at the end of the test.
7. Be confident and think positive.