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Study Skills Tips and Advice

Study Skills (strategies):  the application of learning techniques that are critical to a students success in school. They generally work with organizing/retaining information, developing concentration and focusing.
Tips-Classroom
Never let others copy your work. You are not doing them any favors. A good friend knows when to say no! Don't pay someone (including the internet) else to do your research or writing .
1. Be Prompt. Chronic lateness is one of the top ten causes of work termination.
2. Be Honest. Have pride in yourself and expect truthfulness in others.
3. Be Polite. Interruptions and idle chatter are rude in both business and school! Distractions hurt both you and your classmates. Disrespect is one of the top ten causes of work termination.
4. Show Up. Attendance is vital to success. Absenteeism at work can cost you your job. This is also one of the top ten causes of work termination.
5. Take Good Notes. Memory is a poor substitute for notes, few people have  photographic memories.  Often good jobs require a fair amount of accurate record keeping.
Tips-Taking Notes
1. If you need clarification, ask for help. Write the clarification down
2. Never write word for word what is being said. Use shorten words, symbols or condensations. For example use @ instead of at, = instead of equals etc. One technique, called "Abbreviated Writing", recommends that you eliminate the vowels (example Th ct rn p th tr-The cat ran up the tree). Practice this technique it can be fun.
3. Don't write the same phrase twice.
4. If the teacher says "this is important", you will see it again.
5. Date your notes.
6. Divide the paper into three columns. Make the first column lecture notes. The second column notes from the book. The third column computer, movie and library notes.
7. Outline the lecture, book or assignment to reinforce what you have studied.
8. At the end of a lecture go over the notes and fill in any missing information.
9. Use highlighters to mark the most important information.
Tips-Memory Improvement
1. Use what you have learned immediately. Say it out loud or write it down. According to many studies writing it down is perhaps the best method.
2. Don't try to remember everything.
3. Use what you have learned immediately. Say it out loud or write it down. According to many studies writing it down is perhaps the best method.
4. Imagine a large, action filled, funny image and link it to a rhyme or song. People remember commercials, songs or movies because they were funny, musical or action filled.
5. Use acronyms. Create a silly sentence by taking the first letter of each word of the concept you are trying to remember.  For example, the primary points of a compass can be remembered by: Never Eat Sour Watermelons. North, East, South then West.
Tips-Focusing
"concentrate: direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"..." Source: Wordnet
1. Concentration is very important. Oriental monks discovered centuries ago that if they focused their mind, spirit and body, they could do everything from breaking bricks to defeating their enemies. You have the same potential with your studies.
2. Avoid distractions
3. Maintain proper lighting.
4. Get comfortable.
5. Relax
6. Have all your supplies.
7. Set aside your problems
8. Imagine the task done
9. Do the work!
10. Have an attitude that the work will get done.