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Study 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 here to open the file! 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.

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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.