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Study Skills -- hopefully, a weekly message

Posted By: Jeanne Tregoning on September 28, 2003
Even though I begin my Study Skills workshops with time management, I'll share another segment first: Notetaking. I do teach the "Cornell Method" of notetaking. My students, then, appreciate the "Divided-Page" Method. I ask them to work on one subject for 50 minutes and then reward themselves with a 10-minute break unless they are on a roll. With the "Divided-Page" Method, marginal reminders are written first. In a paragraph, find the main idea (in the margin, write 2 vertical lines [11] across from the main idea); vocabulary (underline only the word and write [def] in the margin; if there is a list, i.e., first, second, third, and lastly (underline only those words and write [1-4] in the margin. I share to work on a section of the chapter. Then, fold a loose-leaf piece of paper (only to the holes) vertically and flatten out like a tent. Only from the marginal reminders, pose the questions. Write question #1 on the left side of the fold and the answer #1 across from the question, question #2, etc. When the paper is full, place the paper in a binder. When that session is finished and the student goes back to continue in the chapter, the student reviews the questions and places check marks by the ones that can't be answered. S/he reviews each time until the answer is correct. The night before an exam, of course, all the questions are reviewed (about 88% of the questions are on the test). There is no cramming. Then, I have them review the questions while the tests are being handed out. Then, I share to go over the questions on the test and answer the ones that are familiar to them first. (I had an engineering student who was having some personal problems and was concerned about finals. I shared with him to use this method because he would use several modalities. He was carrying 12 credits and he did achieve a 4-point.) If any clarification is needed, please write me.
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