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Allied Health Academic Success Series: Study Techniques Workshop

By Bay State College on September 21, 2017
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On September 21st, CLAS tutor Taylor Stevenson kicked off the Allied Health Academic Success Series with a workshop focusing around study tips for Allied Health students. There are a total of seven workshops scheduled for the fall semester, each discussing ways to achieve academic success no matter the obstacle. For the first workshop, Stevenson highlighted the best ways to make studying time effective.

Missed the seminar? We've got you covered. Here it is: A Guide to Making Study Time Effective

 

 

 

"I don't know where to begin."

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HINT: Take Control.

  • Make a list of all the things you have to do and schedule your time realistically.
  • Begin studying early and slowly build as the exam date approaches.

"There's too much to remember."

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HINT: Organize.

  • Information is better recalled if it is organized in a framework; try writing chapter summaries or grouping information into categories.

"This stuff is so dry I can't even stay awake to read it."

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HINT: Attack!

  • Get actively involved with the material.
  • Take notes or underline key concepts.
  • Discuss the material with others in your class and study with classmates.

"I read it. I understand it. But I just can't get it to sink in."

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  • We remember best the things that are most meaningful to us, try to integrate what you’re studying with what you already know.
  • You will remember things better if you can link them to something personal, come up with personal examples.

"I knew it a minute ago."

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HINT: Review.

  • Try to recall information, test yourself to see what you remember, highlight what you don’t.
  • Re-read portions you have had trouble with.
  • The more time you spend studying, the more you tend to recall.
  • How you organize and integrate information is more important than how much time you spend studying. 

"I've got so much to study...and so little time!"

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HINT: Elaborate.

HINT: Preview.

  • Survey your course outline, reading material and notes.
  • Identify the most important topics and start there.

"I guess I understand it."

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HINT: Test yourself.

  • Keep in mind what the instructor has stressed in the course.
  • Examine relationships between concepts and sections. 

"Cramming before a test helps keep it fresh in my mind."

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HINT: Don't cram; it doesn't work.

  • Start studying now and keep studying as you go along.
  • Recall increases as study time gets spread out over time.
  • EAT WELL, SLEEP AND GET ENOUGH EXERCISE.

The next workshop in the series, "Research Techniques for Nursing Students," will be held on Tuesday, October 10th during Prime Time in the 31 Lobby.