Skill and Testing Taking Strategies
There is a lot of
research on study skills, and most colleges these days, especially
community colleges, offer a semester long course on how to develop
good study skills. We are going to concentrate on only a few of
the most important principles for good study skills and a few techniques
for test taking.
You might be saying
to yourself, "I'm going to work, not school. Why do I need
this?" It's important that you understand these strategies,
because most employers give pre-employment tests on Math and Reading!
This module will give you information on how to study and address
the issues of concentration, scheduling, priority setting, and procrastination
and give some specific techniques for note taking and reading. First,
let's do an assessment.
Click on the folder to open and print
the "Study Skills Checklist." Follow the directions to
complete the checklist. When you're finished, follow the instructions
on the last page to help you identify areas that may need attention.
If you have areas that need attention, click on the links below
to open and print additional information on specific areas.
Since it would take
quite a long time to look at all of these areas, we will look at
some of the most common problem areas. Let's look at each one of
these areas and discuss ways of improving your skills. First,
we will look at concentration, time scheduling, and procrastination.
Now let's take a look at concentration.
The first thing to
do is to figure out what is happening when you “don’t concentrate”.
Are you daydreaming about things that are happening in your social
life? Are you worrying – that is, running over and over lists of
things you have to do and thinking about how far behind you are?
Are you simply doing other things – like reading the newspaper or
writing a letter instead of getting down to the homework? Once you
have pinpointed what you are doing instead of working, try and work
out a way of controlling yourself. This is generally a very individual
thing since you know the most about yourself.
This program was developed
by the West Virginia State Department of Education, the West Virginia
Workplace Education Program, and the Regional Education Service
Agency (RESA) V.