Murphy Academic Support Center
Murphy Academic Support Center Tips
The top 10 suggestions for enhancing academic success are:
- Attend classes.
- Study every day; don't wait until the last minute.
- Manage your time wisely; a planner/organizer might help.
- Set realistic, positive, measurable goals.
- Understand how you learn best.
- Find a study environment that works for you.
- Read your textbooks in small, manageable amounts.
- Get involved with a group or organization that matches your interests and values.
- Talk to people in your classes; find study partners, get to know your instructors, and be an active participant in your education.
- Seek the help of advisors and instructors, before little problems turn into huge problems.
- Use a regular study area.
- Avoid distractions (phone, friends, TV, e-mail).
- Take a 10-minute break each hour.
- Break up your subjects (one or two hours on one subject, then study something else).
- Study little bits every day -- cramming is not effective.
- Avoid all-nighters -- you'll just be sleepy the next day.
- Don't panic if your first grades are lower than they were in high school.
Time Management Strategies:
- Create a realistic schedule.
- Balance school, work, and free time.
- Set deadlines and plan your week ahead of time.
- Use "waiting" time to review notes or further prepare for classes.
- Use only one centralized tool (like a day planner).
- Allow for flexibility - unexpected events do happen.
Time Management Resources:
- Use a separate notebook for each class.
- Leave a wide left margin for adding more notes, diagrams and textbook page references later.
- You must review your notes by the end of the day or they become relatively meaningless.
- Rewriting your notes can be an effective study technique.
- Write down words you don't know in the margins and look them up later.
- Develop your own set of symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms.
- Top Five Tips on Note-Taking
- Lecture Notes Pretest
- Lecture Notes Evaluation
- Step-by-Step to Effective Notes
- Review daily, before and after class.
- Create a study "checklist" of major points.
- Create lists and sequences your mind can understand.
- Develop flashcards of practice questions.
- Know the format of the test (multiple choice, essay, etc.) - ask the instructor.
- Review old tests, if available.
- Get enough rest prior to the exam.
- Read instructions carefully and check your work.
Test Taking & Test Anxiety Resources:
- Exam Preparation Pretest
- Stage of Exam Preparation
- Guidelines for Taking an Exam
- Learning from the Exam
- The DETER Test Taking Strategy