“Sometimes I don’t know how to prepare to study. Where do I begin? How do I begin?” Tutors often hear these kinds of questions from the students they work with. Here are some tips that tutors can share to jump-start the study process:
1. If you’re given a project based assignment, start by putting the instructions and expectations in your own words.
2. If it’s a reading assignment, create at least one question for each primary topic in the chapter, which can often be found as review items at the end. Then focus your reading of the material by using the questions to guide you.
3. A creative way to study for a test is to write a journal entry about the information that you learned in class. This usually triggers memories about the information, will usually help you understand the information from deeper levels and will motivate you to look up more information in your notes or in the text.
4. If it’s a research project go to Google.com and read about the topics discussed in course lectures. Or you can go to the databases set up by your school library to learn more about the topics addressed in class.
5. If you are daydreaming and can’t focus pull out a separate sheet of paper and write down all of the thoughts that come into your mind. Now, put the paper away. Your mind should be clear enough to start studying again. If your own thoughts continue to distract you continue to write those thoughts down and continue studying.[divider top=”0″]
The preceding ‘jump-start the study process’ article is an excerpt from the “Tutoring Foundations” training program provided by Crossroads of Learning © 2012. For more information, please feel free to call Bob at 818.249.9692 x1, request info here, or visit crossroadsoflearning.com.[divider top=”0″]
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