We all know it tough to get motivated to study, so here is a list of things to help. This material was derived in good part from a marvelous resource, The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists (1993), by Fry, Kress and Fountoukidis. Find yourself a copy; it will be invaluable.

  1. Prepare
  2. Keep track of assignments
  3. Plan your time
  4. Create a study space
  5. Gather your tools
  6. Know your study style
  7. Read with a Purpose
  8. Know your purpose for reading
  9. Fit your approach to the purpose
  10. Fit your reading speed to the purpose
  11. Monitor your understanding as you read
  12. SQ3R:
  13. S……..Survey the material before reading
  14. • headings, subheadings
  15. • graphics and charts
  16. • sidebar
  17. • summaries
  18. • vocabulary
  19. • glossary
  20. • study questions
  21. • appendices
  22. • index
  23. Q……..Question – what do I know, what do I want to know
  24. R…….. Read – in manageable chunks
  25. • notice fact, opinion
  26. • recognize author’s bias
  27. • judge author’s credentials
  28. • judge relevance to your assignment
  29. • recognize propaganda techniques
  30. R……..Recite – SAY ALOUD WHAT YOU JUST READ!
  31. R……..Review - later, before class, before a test
  32. Use Your Texbook & Other Resources
  33. Determine organizational pattern of text
  34. Study and use graphics, maps and charts
  35. Learn New Vocabulary
  36. Use context
  37. Use glossary or specialized dictionaries
  38. Note special, new meanings for known words
  39. Note author’s technique for highlighting important words
  40. Note word roots and affixes
  41. Use signs and symbols
  42. Gather and Organize Information
  43. Underline key ideas
  44. Take notes from text
  45. Outline text
  46. Summarize text
  47. Categorize information
  48. Organize the information
  49. Make tables, charts, timelines, graphs
  50. Listening skills
  51. • take notes from lectures, audio-visual presentations
  52. Use library resources
  53. Use nonprint media and reference technology
  54. Identify your sources always
  55. • quotations
  56. • footnotes
  57. • bibliographies
  58. Learn from Texts and Other Sources
  59. SQ3R
  60. Use/create a study guide
  61. Create a story map
  62. Mnemonic devices
  63. Prepare Written Assignments
  64. Develop an outline
  65. Answer questions asked
  66. Write first draft
  67. Support narrative with maps, charts graphs, timelines illustrations
  68. Edit
  69. Proofread
  70. Prepare for and Take Tests
  71. Review text and Notes
  72. Make up test questions
  73. Know key words
  74. Learn test-taking skills
  75. Pace yourself during testing