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- How Do I Know What Instructors Expect?
- How Can I Make The Best Use Of Class Time?
- Where Are The Best Places To Study?
- Why Do Assigned Readings Before Class?
- Should I Always Take Notes During Class?
- Is There A Study Group For Me?
- Why Should I Go to Office Hours If I Understand the Material?
- Is A Planner Absolutely Necessary?
- How Can I Avoid End-Of-Term Crises?
- Do I Need To Take A Break?
Why Do Assigned Readings Before Class?
Ideally, you read assignments with care before every class session. Sometimes this proves impossible, however. In those instances, skimming assigned textbook chapters or articles shortly before class may provide a viable alternative. (Having a study space on campus will help with this.) Use the format of the text to help you. Many texts highlight significant concepts and provide study questions; both may clarify not only your reading, but that day’s class discussion.
As you do assigned reading, flag important points right in the article or textbook. You may find it helpful to bring the annotated document or text to class with you. Having it at hand, may help you shine in class discussions, as well as prepare for tests. As one student commented, "I usually would read the chapters in the book ---and while I was reading the chapter I would take notes. So by the time it would come to the test, like the day before or two days before, I would just review my notes."Next Strategy ->