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09/08/2016
Every student benefits from having great studying skills. Being able to prepare with anticipation for an exam makes reviewing right before the event less stressful.  This post is all about being good and developing studying skills. The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara invites you to read on and discover something new.  Also, they would like you to remember that tutoring can be a great tool when exams are coming up.

Homework is Not Studying

Understand the there is a difference between studying and doing homework. Although homework might help you review a few things, it’s not the same. Homework is usually an assignment left to do at home that reinforces what you saw in class.  Studying, however, is the time you as a student spend going over the material, not necessarily completing an assignment. If studying isn’t your forte and you are feeling left behind you should consider tutoring. You should also try these tips to become more productive when studying.
  1. Find “Your Place”: Look for a quiet space with no distractions or lots of people. Try to avoid studying with music, as it can be a distracting.
  2. Set Up Some Time: Plan a daily time exclusively dedicated to studying and commit to it.
  3. Have Your Material: Before you begin studying, be sure you have everything you need ready, and everything you don’t put away. Gather your notes, textbooks, flashcards, pens, pencils, and highlighters. Leave behind your phone… or at least change it to silent.
  4. Be Positive: Don’t begin your session by thinking you’ll fail or there is no point to it. Think positive, even if the subject is tough. You can always enroll in tutoring if you need extra help.
  5. Take a Break: Take short breaks from time to time to clear your head and gather some energy.

Design a Study Plan

A study plan is an outlined schedule of your study times and desired learning goals. Designing a plan will help you be more organized and responsible and it will also teach you self-discipline.  You don’t need to sit daily for 2 hours to study, even half an hour helps. Here are some tips to create your study plan.
  1. Make A Time Chart: Create a time chart of your usual daily activities. Take notes of everything you do in a week. At the end, you’ll be able to see how you spend most of your time and when you can fit studying sessions.
  2. Design a Schedule: Get a big calendar and mark the days in which you will be studying. Be as specific as you can and write down which subjects you’ll cover each day.
  3. Determine Your Goals: Do this each week. What do you plan to accomplish with each session? Perhaps you need to review or you want to get ahead in class.
  4. Stick to It: The whole point of a study plan is to make it easier for you to review. Follow up on what you planned.
In case you do need extra help when studying, you can always join a tutoring program. The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara has some great tutoring programs that can help you ace your exams and become a more efficient student.  Call them up at (408) 816-7825, and don’t forget to schedule your free diagnostic assessment.

Effective Note Taking

The key to studying successfully is having the right material to work with. You don’t want to be reading a complete textbook to grasp the most important topics which you probably already saw in class. Instead, you should concentrate on taking the right notes in class. Taking notes forces you to really concentrate on what the teacher is saying. Let’s not forget that when you take your own notes, you use your own words to explain the concepts.  Having this great material to study with will make the process flow much more smoothly. If you are not sure how to take notes, follow these easy tips:
  1. Be Prepared: You need to show up in class with the necessary materials to take notes. Have a bunch of pens, highlighters, a binder or folder and post-its. You can even record your class with your cellphone.
  2. Be a Good Listener: The most important part of taking notes is being able to listen. Try to focus on what the teacher is saying without getting distracted. It’s up to you to decide what is important enough to include.
  3. Compare: Ask a classmate if you can compare notes. Perhaps you missed something they got or the other way around.
  4. Develop Your Style: Don’t just copy what’s on the board. Learn to take notes you understand. Develop your own system by using different colors or abbreviating some words. Take notes in your own words.

If You Need Tutoring

The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara has tutoring programs that can take you where you want to be academically. They can also help you develop better studying techniques. If you want to know more about the benefits of tutoring and the center’s many programs, you can call them at (408) 816-7825.

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