Study Habits

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Study Habits
I have been out of college for over 3 years now, so my study habits are very rusty. I also always feel as though there is never enough time to put the time in that I really should – it is very difficult to take a summer course, keep a house, and pay attention to the kids as well as the unsupportive husband.

I generally take online courses, so I like to print all the material – this way if I don’t have access to a computer, I will still know what the assignment/reading is. If there is a power point presentation, I print it off three slides to a page, this way there is a notes section to the right of each slide – which I use faithfully. I try to read as much of the book as possible. I have also found that most textbooks have some sort of key terms or review questions that I find very helpful.

I am a procrastinator not only in homework, but life in general as well – which greatly impacts my ability to study and retain information due to the stress from my procrastination. My short term memory at this point in my life works best. I believe the stress and anxiety I feel while taking classes greatly affects my mind which ultimately affects my long term memory. The good news is that I have never let my procrastination affect my career.

My success in studying is greatly impacted by the information overload. Since I tend to wait until last minute, I try to review everything all at once in which I hope to retain the information for as long as I need it whether it is for a quiz or a test.

I used to be able to get up at four in the morning and do my homework, but since I don’t sleep well, I find that I just cannot get out of bed. I am trying to start to get up at least a half hour before I usually do in hopes that I can turn my cycle around.

After reading through the various chapters this course has been a bit of an eye opener. It has helped me to some degree understand some of the issues I have been having with studying and just life...
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