Feb 172003
 
Authors: Willow Welter

Some students have received grades from their first exams of the semester, making them wish they had studied more.

“It takes time and concentration to change any habit, and study habits are no different,” said Anne Wilcox, director at CSU’s Academic Advancement Center.

Instead of all-night “cram sessions,” Wilcox suggested a few other methods to assist in developing healthy study habits.

Time management is the most important aspect of developing good study skills, Wilcox said. Juggling school, work and social life can be vital to any college student’s career.

The AAC as well as the Learning Assistance Center offer tutoring, advice and help to students struggling with school.

However, while the LAC is open to all students, the program at the AAC is only open to students with lower income, disabilities or other specific conditions. The AAC’s Web site lists requirements needed to qualify for assistance through their program.

To prepare for upcoming exams, the LAC has compiled a list of suggestions for students wishing to improve their study habits:

* Keep a clear mind; reduce interference

* Visualize what is being learned

* Take a 10-minute break for every hour of studying

* Organize reading and note taking from general to specific

* Rewrite and study class notes; begin studying at least one week before exams

* Avoid cram sessions

* Decide on an optimal studying time.

Wilcox offered a few more bits of advice.

“Start small; make change slowly,” she said. “But be persistent, and be patient with yourself.”

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