STUDY SKILLS LISTENING Listening One of most neglected study skills Successful students listen Turn classroom time into learning time Prepare to score well on test & exams by developing input skill Preparing to Listen Preview, Skim, or Read Prepare to listen Preview, skim, or read text material that will be covered in class Main Idea Write short summary of the main idea from your preview, skim, or read If you did not preview; Guess what the main idea of the lesson will be Five Concepts After your summary, write down five or more ideas you think will be discussed in class If you did not preview; Guess five ideas that will be discussed in class Preparing to Listen Five W’s and the H Who, What, When, Where, Why and How From your reading attempt to determine the people, places, things, time, processes and why’s about the content to be discussed The answers from the 5 W’s & H are often developed into test questions Identify any terms that will help you understand the class discussion prior to attending class Listening Evaluation Prepare to take Notes Prepare notepaper or computer document prior to class Develop a listening outline (keywords/short sentence outline) Leave space in between ideas on the outline Make a list of ideas you think will be presented in class Questions Prior to class, make a list of questions you want to have answered Relate the Content Were you able to relate the class discussion to things or ideas you knew The development of relationships not only helps you listen better but improves your recall of the material After class, or while you take notes, write down these relationships Listening Evaluation Mental Questions During class, continue to pose mental questions about content of discussion This is “Active Listening” List questions on your listening evaluation document Summarize List several short summaries you made during class Listening Worksheets Use a Pre-Listening Worksheet Use a Listening Evaluation Make a Summary of the Lecture Practice by Listening Develop your skills Listen to: radio, weather report, TV program, game, conversation and newscast Reference: Study Power Workbook By: William R. Luckie, Ph. D., Wood Smethurst, Ed. D., and Sara Beth Huntley, Ph. D.
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