E-Community Activity: Developing Study Habits

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Subject: Developing study habits

In order to achieve academic success, it is important to develop good study habits. Even students who did not need to study a lot in high school will find that they need good study habits in college. Here is what one successful person with hearing and mobility impairments reports:

I could never achieve anything without writing things down. Sometimes I use a calendar, sometimes a blank sheet of paper in my notebook, and sometimes the computer. I use a prioritization process. I write out everything that I need to do. Then I mark the things that MUST get done today or tomorrow as opposed to later, and I prioritize in order of importance. I get a lot of satisfaction crossing off accomplished steps. It also helps to break down larger tasks into smaller ones. I make lists, plan how to do the things on the lists, and then use the lists to motivate me to get things done.

Read the following suggestions for good study habits and tell us what you would add to the list.

  • Write a daily "to do" list.
  • Get organized by keeping a calendar that schedules work to be done and deadlines.
  • Break large projects into smaller tasks.
  • Study at high-energy times of the day.
  • Schedule uninterrupted study time each day.
  • Find your best study places.
  • Study in short segments throughout the day.
  • Find ways to revitalize yourself—exercise, dance, sleep, healthy snacks.
  • Create a support system of fellow students; study together or be available by phone and/or email.
  • Reward yourself for developing successful habits, such as allowing time to play a favorite computer game.