MAKING YOUR STUDIES PAY
Suggestions for Effective Studying
WANT TO GET BETTER GRADES? READ ON!
Good students have a system to their studying. In the next few pages, we'll give you some guidelines that we think can help improve the way you study—not only for this course, but for any course.
- How to Use a Textbook
- How to Read a Chapter
- How to Take Notes
- How to Use a Study Guide (In General)
- How to Take Tests
If you need more specific help, we suggest that you go to your teacher or your school's career counseling center.
And Good Luck in your College Career!
HOW TO USE A TEXTBOOK
Textbooks often include material designed to help you study. It's worth your while to flip through a textbook to look for:
- The Preface. If an author has a point of view, you can find it here, along with notes on how the book is meant to be used.
- The Table of Contents. Reading the table of contents will tell you how the book will be developed.
- Glossary. The most important terms and ideas for you to know will be in a glossary, either at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book.
- Appendixes. Found either after certain chapters or at the end of the book, appendixes contain such things as:
- More difficult material.
- Statistics or data, such as the present value of money. You may be able to use such data for most of the book.
- Answers to selected problems.
HOW TO READ A CHAPTER
Before Class: Skim
Unless you're told to know a chapter completely by class time, it's a good idea just to skim an assigned ...