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Concentration
Some rules of thumb


Study Skill Checklist


Exam Preparation
This is to help students to find out about their own study habits and attitudes.  Study problems normally fall into separate sections.  Look at the list below and see which apply to you  - If it does apply to you, check Y. If it does not apply to you, check N.  If you have marked two or more in a section this is where you are most likely to be weak.  But at least now, you can set about getting it right!

Time Scheduling
1.  I spend too much time studying for what I am learning.
__Y __N

2. I usually spend hours cramming the night before an exam.
 __Y __N

3. If I spend as much time on my social activities as I want to, I don't have enough time left to study, or when I study enough, I don't have time for a social life.
 __Y __N

Concentration
4.   I usually try to study with the radio and TV turned on.
__Y __N

5.   I can't sit and study for long periods of time without becoming tired or distracted.
__Y __N

6.   I go to class but I usually doodle, daydream, or fall asleep.
__Y __N

Listening & Note taking
7.   My class notes are sometimes difficult to understand later.
__Y __N

8.  I usually seem to get the wrong material into my class notes.
__Y __N

9.   I don't review my class notes periodically throughout the term in preparation for tests.
__Y __N

Reading
10.  When I get to the end of a chapter, I can't remember what I've just read.
__Y __N

11.   I don't know how to pick out what is important in the text.
__Y __N

12.   I rarely change my reading speed in response to the difficulty level of the selection, or my familiarity with the content.
__Y __N

Exams
13.   I lose a lot of points on essay tests even when I know the material well.
__Y __N

14.   I study enough for my test, but when I get there my mind goes blank.
__Y __N

15.   I often study in a haphazard disorganized way under the threat of the next test.
__Y __N

Writing Skills
16.   When my teachers assign papers I feel so overwhelmed that I can't get started.
__Y __N

17.   I usually write my papers the night before they are due.
__Y __N

18.  I can't seem to organize my thoughts into a paper that makes sense.
__Y __N