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Successful Note taking

Lecture Note Taking Before Class: Read or survey the material that will be covered in the upcoming lecture. Read over your notes from the previous class. Look at the course outline to see where you’ve been, where you’re going, and how it all fits together. Meet with your instructor to...

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How to Read a Difficult Book

Skim the book first: Look at the title page and any sub-titles. Look at the table of contents to get a sense of the structure. Look for things you understand. Start Reading. Read over difficult material a second time. If you still do not understand it, move on to something else or take a break...

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Test Anxiety

Symptoms It is normal to feel nervous about an exam. In fact, it is beneficial to be moderately stressed right before the exam. A little tension can give you just the right amount of adrenaline you need to do your best. It can heighten your awareness and sharpen your reflexes,...

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Reading Reading for a degree requires different reading skills to reading for pleasure. Developing understanding through reading needs to be an active process, whereby you engage with the text, question and develop your ideas in response to it. Reading techniques The most appropriate technique will vary according to the purpose...

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General test taking tips

Before you Begin Preview the test before you answer anything. This gets you thinking about the material. Make sure to note the point value of each question. This will give you some ideas on budgeting your time. Quickly calculate how much time you should allow for each section according to...

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Time Management

Time management Learning to plan your time effectively is one of the most crucial skills you can develop during your time at college, which will: help you in your future career help you to complete assignments and meet deadlines increase your self reliance and confidence. Developing a study schedule Planning...

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Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Many students find that reading the text is an enlightening experience; whereas others find this task dreadful and boring. If you’re like some students, you tend to put your reading off until the very last minute and try to cram and comprehend material the night before the exam....

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Note taking

Note-taking Notes taken during lectures, seminars and research will form the basis of your work, helping you to prepare essays and dissertations and revise for exams. Effective note-taking is a very useful skill which can help you to: focus and concentrate organise and record key details gain a fuller understanding...

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Tips on underlining a textbook

Tips on Underlining a Textbook: I. TOOLS Pen and straight edge Highlighter Note paper II. PURPOSES Study begins when you decide what you will learn. When you underline, you decide what you will learn. If you underline accurately, you will be able to review and make notes more easily. III. GUIDES FOR UNDERLINING Read...

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Taking notes on reading

Taking notes on reading requires the same skills that apply to class notes: observation, reading, and review. When to take notes from reading: When you need more extensive notes than you can write in the margin of the text. When you are reading from a library book, etc. Methods to use: Outlining – works best...

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Reading speed and effectiveness

I. CONSIDERATIONS AND LIMITATIONS When time demands and purpose permits, you must possess the ability to “switch gears” (absorb the ideas and information in books at more rapid speeds). This high-level fast reading however should not be interpreted as applicable to all types of reading situations. II. CAUSES OF SLOW READING SPEEDS...

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