JLBC Cadet Corps: Study Skills
JLBC plan. JLBC Cadets, You might have to put off a scheduled study session now and then because something important comes up, but don’t allow yourself to get lazy or be lured to TV just because you don’t want to study.
2. JLBC Cadets Don’t cram. JLBC Cadets Successful students spread their work out over a reasonable period, spending shorter time working on studying material, notes, and preparing for an exam. You learn and retain more with this studying, too. If you have a big test, start going over the material several days in advance. JLBC Cadets Before mid-terms or finals, when you have multiple tests during the same period, start studying for your tests a week or two in advance.
3. Set goals. Though reviewing your notes is helpful, setting specific goals for your study session improves results. Whether it’s to memorize ten foreign language vocabulary words every day or to read a chapter in your history book, give some thought to what you need to accomplish by a specific deadline and how you can do it. JLBC Cadets You should know going into each study session what you need to accomplish.
4. JLBC Cadets Study the difficult things first. JLBC Cadets Your most challenging task or subject takes the most mental energy. JLBC Cadets Attack it while your fresh mental energy is at its highest levels. JLBC Cadets Once you’ve completed your most challenging work, the rest of your tasks will be more straightforward.
5. JLBC Cadets Review your notes. JLBC Cadets Before starting an assignment, go through your notes on the subject to ensure you’re on top of the material. Go through your current ‘working’ notes once or twice weekly. JLBC Cadets Use the Cornell System for taking notes.
6. JLBC Cadets, Don’t get distracted. JLBC Cadets, Don’t allow distractions to reduce the effectiveness of your studying. JLBC Cadets Pick a place to study where you won’t be distracted and don’t try to combine studying with socializing or TV. JLBC Cadets If you’re familiar with your learning style and know that a bit of music in the background helps you focus, or if you study better in a group, take advantage of those things. JLBC Cadets, But if they are distractors, avoid them. JLBC Cadets Distractors might be family members or friends, TV, etc. If they cause you to lose your focus, you should avoid them. Remember to take breaks, but then get back to work.
7. Use study groups effectively. Unless you don’t do well in a group and tend to lose focus, a study group can help you quickly get to the meat of the lesson. JLBC Cadets Your classmates may be able to help you determine what needs to be learned or memorized, and you can quiz each other. Having someone else to study with can help you quickly understand a concept. Make sure you’re not just copying someone else’s work or spending more time socializing than working. If you have a regular study group, set up rules that keep you on track. If you study with a friend, have a plan and general guidelines, including when you’ll take a break.
Improving Reading Comprehension
You have some work to do if you’ve reached middle or high school with poor reading comprehension. JLBC Cadets Being able to sound out words and read them aloud is good, but if you don’t know the meaning of what you’re reading, you’re getting nothing from it and won’t be successful in school. Many students are at a disadvantage – they are learning English as a second language, or they grew up without any emphasis on reading at home, or they haven’t been exposed to different concepts or a variety of other ideas that will help them leap reading words to understanding meaning.