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You will find learning the material presented in this course easier if you read the text before coming to class. Having a background in the material (reading the chapter) will make understanding easier. By reading the material before coming to class, you will be able to concentrate on portions of the material you did not understand and ask the instructor for clarification.  

1.  First read the word list at the start beginning of the chapter. Familiarizing yourself with these words will help you key in on important material. 

2.  Before reading the chapter, page through the chapter paying attention to the bold headings, looking over the illustrations, diagrams or other exhibits. 

3.  Read the chapter. 

bulletAfter reading a section, go back and highlight the important material.
bulletUse the margin to make short notes and to point to important text, terms, etc. 
bulletMake more extensive notes in a separate notebook. Clearly label each section of your notes. You will be able to reference your notes quicker. These notes should be in your own words. Do not just copy the words from the text. Putting the notes or definitions in your own words helps determine if you really have a grasp on the material. 
bulletSlowly read aloud any section that is difficult to understand. Reading it aloud engages the assistance of another one of your senses. The more senses you can use, the easier you find the material. 
bulletMake a list of the points on which you need more explanation.  If the instructor does not cover them in his/her lecture, ask the instructor for clarification. 

4.  During class, take more notes, but be selective in your note taking. Try to listen to the instructor as much as possible, taking only those notes that are not in the notes you took while reading. Ask the instructor questions on material not not clear to you. Have the instructor give a real life example.   

5.  After attending class. Immediately review your notes. Extensively review both the notes from your reading, as well as, your notes from the class. When possible consolidate your notes. IF YOU DO NOT REVIEW IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF LEARNING - YOU FORGET MOST OF WHAT YOU LEARNED.  

6.  After you review, answer all the chapter end questions and any other questions provided by the instructor. 

7.  Every couple of days, quickly review all the material you have learned. Spend more time on topics you are still having difficulty understanding. 

8.  Several days before the test, start an extensive review. If you followed the above steps, this should be a review and you should not be learning new material. 

Adapted from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Student Handbook



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