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Skills 101
Get Organized
  Organize Your Work Space and
       Maintain It Everyday!
– Designate places to keep textbooks,
  folders and notebooks.
– Obtain materials and supplies for class
  and store them in easy to access areas.
Stay Organized
  Set Up a System for Keeping School Work
           Organized and Stick to It!
 – Examples
    • Use a color-code system with a different folder for each
      subject. Use your favorite color for your least favorite
    • Use a planner or monthly calendar to log all of your long
      term deadlines.
    • Use an assignment book to record assignments.

 Take 5 to 10 minutes each day to
      maintain these systems.
     Set Specific, Measurable,
  Attainable/Affirmative, Realistic,
   Trackable Goals (SMART Goals)
– SMART Goals should be both short term
  (achieved in the near future) and long
  term (achieved over a long period of time.
Stay Motivated
• Think Positively!
• Accept responsibility for motivating
• Accept the fact that success results
  from effort!
• Reward yourself after completing a
  goal, task, etc.
Lecture Notes Tips
  •   Have a specific notebook for every class.
  •   Read the assignment before going to class.
  •   Sit in the front of the classroom.
  •   Write the date and title of the lecture at the top of the page.
  •   Write down the main idea of the lecture near the top of the
  •   Make an effort to organize your notes.
  •   Use abbreviations.
  •   Use your own words, except for technical vocabulary.
  •   Leave a blank if you missed something so you’ll know to go back
      and fill in the information.
  •   Correlate what you are hearing to what you have read and your
      own experience.
  •   Learn when not to write.
  •   Learn to distinguish facts from opinions.
  •   Ask questions.
  •   Only write on the front side of the paper.
  •   Reconstruct/recopy your notes as soon after class as possible.
 Effective Reading
Survey: The material, book or chapter first, to get an idea of what parts
   you will need to study in detail. Scan the table of contents and see
   how topics are inter-connected. Make a mental note of all sub-
   headings or emphasized sections.
Question: Yourself as to the purpose of your study, e.g. “What are the
   main themes, what message do I get from them, how will they be
   useful to me, what is the sequence of thought or paragraphs?” etc.
Read: The chapter from beginning to end. At this stage, do not slow
   down and concentrate, but finish off the entire material in one
Recall/Recite: What you have read, if necessary make brief notes of
   main ideas and important details. Try to recall the sequence of
   sections in your mind. Reciting to someone else helps you put it in
   your own words. (However, reading aloud does not suit everyone).
Review: What you have read and test the accuracy of your memory. Then
   concentrate on those passages that seem to elude your memory, and
   read them slowly and carefully.
Test: After a gap of few days, test yourself on what you had read. Give
   yourself mock exams of the same standard and duration as the actual
   annual or semester exam you are going to face.
Effective Listening
•   Be interested.
•   Ignore Speakers Faults in Delivery: Ignore the speakers
    mannerism, clothes, voice, and delivery. Focus on the message.
•   Wait to Disagree or Challenge. Listen to the entire idea and get
    all the facts straight.
•   Listen to the Concepts: Relate small facts to the central themes
    and principles.
•   Take Brief Notes: Don’t write down everything the speaker says
    or make detailed outlines.
•   Stop Distractions: Stop distractions caused by classmates by
    asking them to be quiet or ask the speaker to speak louder.
•   See Difficult Material as a Challenge and Don’t Tune Out.
•   Control Your Emotions: Focus on the literal meaning of words,
    Don’t let your emotions block your concentration.
•   Use Your Spare Time: Since talking speed is slower than
    listening speed use that time to summarize ideas, identify central
    themes, and anticipate what will come next.

   In a Nutshell
• Set Up a Schedule
• Start Studying for 10 – 15 Minutes at a
  Time and Then Build Up to Longer Periods
• Take Breaks
• Reward Yourself
• Find a Good Location
• Use the Same Place for Studying
• Read and Listen Effectively
This information was complied by Ihudiya
Ogburu, a first year RA at Rochester
Institute of Technology.

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