This also refers to the false impression that cramming is a successful learning technique. As this study notes; "…it is much better to create an interval between the times you study an item" ( Glenn, 2007, p. 2). Similarly, a study entitled Smart way to study (2009) also emphasizes that intervals between study session have been shown to improve retention and understanding of the material. This method also means that information is retained and can be utilized in a more interactive manner by the student.
3. Tips to improve study skills
Study preparations are an important part of developing useful and long-term study skills. As has been referred to, the organization and management of the correct study skills that are appropriate to each individual's predilections is an important aspect that should be borne in mind in the development of successful learning skills. This also includes significant aspects, such as choosing the right time to study and the environment in which one studies. An environment should be selected where there are few distractions and as little noise as possible.
Another important aspect is the time that is set aside for study. A specific number of hours set aside for study each day will help in developing a routine and create a sense of disciple that will assist in the application of various study skills. Other practical aspects include making sure that all the necessary materials, books and notes and other items are assembled in one place. This reduces time wasted in searching for items needed of study and enhances the sense of a set study routine (Lambert and Nowacek, 2006, p.241).
Am import aspect is to break topics done into sections that can be dealt with. This is helped through the skills learnt in taking notes; where main headings and central concepts are isolated, so as to give the research a coherent framework. This also prevents the student from feeling overwhelmed by a plethora of detail
Central to the learning of study skills is the stress that is placed on self-organization and management of information. Study skills are not only intended to help the student to deal with the subject or data that that has to be absorbed and understood but it is also intended to develop personal development and advancement. The purpose of study is not in the final analysis only intended to pass exams and test, but is meant to increase human self-worth and value through knowledge.
The study skills such as note taking are often taken for granted by many students and neglected. They are however important skills in that they can help to increase good academic results and can lead to an integration of knowledge and understanding in the daily life of the individual.
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