Intentional Studying

Murder Study System

Mood
-Set a positive mood for yourself to study in by selecting appropriate time, environment, and attitude.
Understand
-Mark any information you don’t understand. Keep focus on one unit or group of exercises.
Recall
-After studying the unit, stop and put what you have learned in your own words.
Digest
-Go back to what you did not understand and reconsider the information. Contact professor, TA’s or tutors if you do not understand.
Expand
-How does the material apply to something you’re interested in? How could you make this information exciting and understandable to other students?
Review
-Go over material you have covered and review what strategies helped you understand.

Planning Your Time

Long Term Schedule
Only includes fixed events and commitments

  • Jobs, classes, tests, meetings

Weekly Schedule

  • A short list of major events and amounts of work that need to be done
  • These events will change from week to week

Daily Schedule

  • Make a specific daily schedule before each day
  • Write down specifically what you need to accomplish and cross it off when you complete it

TIPS

  • Schedule study time when you are energized
  • Combine things (TV and shows)
  • Don’t be a perfectionist, sometimes it won’t all fit– and it’s okay!
  • If you must cram…
    • Accept the fact that you won’t be able to study everything
    •  Read through your class notes and mark ideas that are important
    • Prepare catchwords or phrases to recall the material, and then memorize the points using the method of repeated self testing
    • Your purpose is to try and guess correctly many ideas that your instructor may put on the exam

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