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Career Services Teaches Students How to Study Effectively

(Graphic courtesy of Mary Guevara)

With the difficulty of online learning, effective study skills are hard to come by. Clark College Career Services Department presented some guidelines to help students develop these necessary study skills during a Zoom seminar on Tuesday. 

Hosted by faculty counselor Valentina Pishchanskaya-Cayanan, the class is intended to build study skills with the hope of improving student’s ability to study and learn. Here is a compilation of some of the main takeaways from the seminar. 

The best way to study effectively is to practice something called the study cycle. Originally developed by Louisiana State University Alumni Frank Christ, the study cycle is broken down into four parts: 

  1. Preview
  2. Attend
  3. Review and Study
  4. Reflect

Previewing entails skimming through headings, sub-headings, bold and italicized words, images, graphs and the summary questions at the end of the chapter, before diving into the reading.

Attendance can be difficult during online learning, which is why it is important to watch video lectures and attend Zoom meetings. You should also know the best way to communicate with your instructor, as well as participate in class discussions. 

Reviewing and studying are designed to fill in any gaps and summarize the content. This should be done on the same day as the lecture. 

It is important to study with a purpose. You should set a goal and then allot blocks of time for intense study sessions. This time should help with focusing on and processing the information you’re studying. 

You should also remember to take breaks as needed. “Take a break, switch to another topic,” said Pishchanskaya-Cayanan.

The last step is to reflect. This is where you should start putting together everything you’ve learned. If you feel comfortable, try teaching someone else, then you will know if you studied the subject well enough. You should also review previous chapters.

While taking a test, if you don’t know the answer, don’t leave it blank. Write everything you know about the topic. This ensures that you can at least still possibly gain partial credit for the question you were unable to answer.

For additional resources, Clark College offers E-Tutoring at www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/tutoring/etutoring.php

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