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Study Skills Checklist

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The purpose of this checklist is to find out about your own study habits and attitudes. 

Time Scheduling Yes No -- I spend too much time studying for what I am learning.
Yes No -- I usually spend hours cramming the night before an exam.
Yes No -- 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.

Concentration Yes No -- I usually try to study with the radio and TV turned on.
Yes No -- I can't sit and study for long periods of time without becoming tired or distracted.
Yes No -- I go to class, but I usually doodle, daydream, or fall asleep.

Listening & Note Taking Yes No -- My class notes are sometimes difficult to understand later.
Yes No -- I usually seem to get the wrong material into my class notes.
Yes No -- I don't review my class notes periodically throughout the semester in preparation for tests.

Reading Yes No -- When I get to the end of a chapter, I can't remember what I've just read.
Yes No -- I don't know how to pick out what is important in the text.
Yes No -- I can't keep up with my reading assignments, and then I have to cram the night before a test.

Exams Yes No -- I lose a lot of points on essay tests even when I know the material well.
Yes No -- I study enough for my test, but when I get there my mind goes blank.
Yes No -- I often study in a haphazard, disorganized way under the threat of the next test.

Reading Yes No -- I often wish that I could read faster.
Yes No -- I often find myself getting lost in the details of reading and have trouble identifying the main ideas.
Yes No -- I rarely change my reading speed in response to the difficulty level of the selection, or my familiarity with the content.

Writing Skills Yes No -- When my teachers assign papers I feel so overwhelmed that I can't get started.
Yes No -- I usually write my papers the night before they are due.
Yes No -- I can't seem to organize my thoughts into a paper that makes sense.

If you have answered "yes" to two or more questions in any category, do some research on how you can improve on them. If you have one "yes" or less in a category, you are probably proficient enough in these areas that you don't need self-help information. Feel free, however, to get information in areas that you may have special interests, even if you scored well.


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