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Effective study skills must be practiced in order for you to improve. It is not enough to simply "think about" studying; you have to actually do it, and in the process use information from what you do to get better. This is the central idea of this page.

General Study Strategies

Time Management

The term "Time Management" is really a misnomer because we really can't manage time in the way we manage projects. We actually need to manage ourselves within time.

People have different views of time and how it flows, but we all have the same number of hours in a day. You may have heard someone say, "I need another few hours in my day to get everything done." Since this is impossible, the person actually needs to figure out how to use the time he or she has more effectively.

Usually time management seminars and books start out by making the reader or participant aware of how he or she is using time. Keeping a time log is the preferred way of getting at this awareness.

Once people are more aware of how they use time, they can make changes that fit in better with the goals they have set. Sometimes, people find out that they are already using their time to its best advantage.

If you are interested in learning more about how to manage time, you may wish to view our Power Point on Time Management.  Also, if you wish to work with our staff on developing better time management skills contact LSS (Melrose Hall 020) 503-883-2562 to make an appointment.

Note-taking

There are several methods for taking notes. Most of them are variations of where you place information on a page. For example, the Cornell Method divides the page into two columns; the left column is for key words or questions, and the right column is for details.

Mind mapping is another type of note-taking. You begin with the main idea or central theme extending your thoughts out to the lesser important details, linking ideas as they relate to one another.

No matter which method you use, linking the ideas together is the key.  Creating notes that work for you is important.  Knowing and understanding how you learn is an important piece in deciding which note taking method to use.

For more about information about note-taking methods visit our Note-taking Link.  If you want to develop better note-taking skills and wish to work with our staff, contact LSS (Melrose Hall 020) 503-883-2562 to make an appointment.