Effective Study Skills


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"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."--Benjamin Franklin

Partially adapted from Steven Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Take responsibility for yourself

Responsibility is recognition that in order to succeed you can make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources.


Center yourself around your values and principles

Don't let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important


Put first things first

Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don't let others, or other interests, distract you

from your goals.


Discover your key productivity periods and places

Morning, afternoon, evening; study spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges.


Consider yourself in a win-win situation

You win by doing your best and contributing your best to a class, whether for yourself, your fellow

students, and even for your teachers and instructors.  If you are content with your performance, a grade

becomes an external check on your performance, which may not coincide with your internally arrived

at benefits


First understand others, then attempt to be understood

When you have an issue with an instructor, for example a questionable grade, an assignment deadline

extension, put yourself in the instructor's place. Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation.


Look for better solutions to problems

For example, if you don't understand the course material, don't just re-read the material. Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, a classmate, or a study group.


Look to continually challenge yourself