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Introduction to College and Intercollegiate Athletics
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Learning Skills

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    1. Take good class notes.  Consider rewriting your notes after class in order to make them more complete and to further aid in retention of course content.
    2. Use a handheld cassette recorder to record class lectures and take notes from if your instructors allow you to do so.
    3. Stay ahead of the class readings.  Highlight your text or take notes from the readings.  Make an outline of the reading or chapters.
    4. Don’t procrastinate.  Give yourself enough time to complete assigned readings, assignments, and to study for exams.
    5. Set aside a fixed time and space to study.  Have your study space be free from distraction and noise.  Studying at the same time daily helps your studying behavior become habitual and easier to accomplish.
    6. Study in short sessions. Studying in shorter sessions rather than one long marathon session can help you retain information. One idea is to study in four 2-hour sessions rather than one 8-hour session. This allows your brain to store the information more effectively.
    7. Establish a study group with classmates.  Set frequent times to meet and share class notes, study for exams, work on projects, and discuss class readings.
    8. Understand your preferred learning style and how that impacts your study skills.
      • Visual Learners learn by seeing lectures, presentations and examples. They want to see the instructor’s facial expressions and body language.
      • Auditory Learners learn best by listening and talking through the information.
      • Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners learn best by getting “hands-on” with the material.
    9. Use mnemonic devices to help you recall information. One example of a mnemonic device is an acronym created from the first letters of a series of words such as "HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior" This is an easy way to remember the five Great Lakes.
    10. Use the SQ3R method to improve your comprehension when reading a textbook chapter:
      • Survey - skim through all the headings in the chapter and read the chapter summary if there is one.
      • Question - turn each of the headings in the chapter into questions by adding words such as "who", "what" or "how".
      • Read - read the paragraph or section to search for the answers to your questions.
      • Recite - use your own words to express your thoughts on the material. See if you can answer your questions without looking at the material.
      • Review - after you finished reciting the chapter, review all of the questions and answers you created

      Source:  "Student Success:  Top 10 Study Tips," Portland Community College, 2014

    Evaluating Websites

    Consider the source--Use recognized authorities.  Can you identify the author?  Know who is responsible for the content.

    Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal.  Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?  Does it have spelling errors?  Is it trying to sell you something?  

    Look for the evidence--Rely on research, not opinion.  Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?

    Check for currency--Look for the latest information  Is the information current?

    Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?

    Protect your privacy--Does the site have a privacy policy and tell you what information they collect?

    Adapted from:  MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013



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