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Drawing on literature, explain the ways in which study skills are important to students successfully completing a course of study?

Study skills are often a very overlooked aspect of an academic career, and students rarely realize how such basic skills can drastically improve results. According to I. McIntosh (2005) By following a set of simple study skills a student’s time at university can be free of stress and more rewarding. Time management is a skill that helps students plan out their time and balance out workloads. Preparation and reflection is a key skill for keeping up with work and being able to improve after assessments. Another valued study skill is research and reading; this enables students to come by useful and reliable information. Additionally to be able to transfer this information into academic work is a vital skill. Finally a student’s ability to take what he or she has learned and display this knowledge in an exam setting is a study skill necessary for achieving in university. This simple set of skills can drastically improve grades and make time at university thoroughly more enjoyable.

Time management is essential to becoming a more efficient and well-rounded student. According to I. McIntosh (2005) time management allows students to organize their time in a way that suits their personal schedules, this is a central point. A university experience can be very busy one with societies, sports teams and social life. The ability to manage out time to ensure that your class work is completed is absolutely vital to the successful completion of a course. Not only is time management a valuable tool for a university experience it is valued in the working world by employers. A very effective way of organizing time is the use of a planner or agenda. A planner can help a student plan out their days, fitting in time for all of their extra curricular activities and staying on top of all course work. Once again referring to I. McIntosh (2005), if a student has an academic schedule that he/her sticks to, it is much easier to finish your goals. According to the online source Joe Landsberger (1996), techniques such as prioritizing assignments, which is understanding your schedule and realizing what carries more weight when it comes to numerous assignments. Weekly reviews are also mentioned and how these recaps can solidify the knowledge so a student can easily recall when it comes time fore exams.

Preparation and Reflection are invaluable skills for completing a course of study. These skills come into almost every aspect of completing a course, when it comes to preparation a student must come to every seminar and lecture prepared. This means completing all readings that have been assigned for that class, finishing assignments on time, whether it be a presentation or an essay. Additionally reviewing class notes before a lecture can further you’re understanding of what is being discussed. By using these techniques, a student can formulate a solid base of knowledge in their field that they can constantly build on throughout university. Reflective learning is often overlooked, the ability for a student to learn from their mistakes is a skill that is often the most important when trying to achieve higher marks. According to Crème P. & Lea, M.R., (2003) if a student has the ability to be a reflective learner, they are learning from their own mistakes and growing as an individual. Reflection can help you to realize things about your work such as strengths and weaknesses, areas for improvement and bias.

Reading is a central component of academics in university. The ability for a student to effectively read something is vitally important. Absorbing information as it is read and taking useful notes that you will understand when it comes time to revise is a skill that has to be mastered in order to achieve....
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