The Best (and Worst) Study Habits

The Best (and Worst) Study Habits

Good study habits in college include several different skills: time management, selfdiscipline, concentration, memorization and organization.

However, motivation is by far the most important criteria for any student’s success.

This ESL lesson will improve your English and help you discover your strengths and weaknesses while studying.

You will also learn your most efficient learning style and obtain some best practices to go with it.

Best (and Worst) Study Habits – Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Best (and Worst) Study Habits

1. What’s his body language telling you?

2. Why isn’t he wearing socks or slippers?

3. Does it appear that he’s reading or memorizing a subject?

4. Do you think his bedroom is the ideal place for him to study?

5. Do you like to study with your bedroom door open or closed?

Best (and Worst) Study Habits – Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. What’s your learning style?

  • Visual
  • Auditory (hearing)
  • Read-Write
  • Kinesthetic ( learn by doing, hands on approach)

2. How often are you late handing in assignments?

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Never

3. How many questions do you typically ask your professor(s) during class?

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more

4. Do you like to sit at the front, middle, or back of the lecture room and why?

  • Front
  • Middle
  • Back

5. Do you do your course readings before, during or after class?

  • Before
  • During
  • After

6. How many lectures have you already missed this semester?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 10+

7. What was your excuse for missing lectures (if any)?

  • I was sick
  • I was hungover
  • I overslept
  • I wasn’t prepared for class
  • I just didn’t feel like attending
  • I had to work
  • Another reason

8. I compare lecture notes with my classmates(s).

  • Always
  • Often
  • Seldom
  • Never

9. I research and write term papers and study for exams:

  • At the last minute
  • Well in advance

10. Overall, my study habits are:

  • Stellar
  • Satisfactory
  • Need improvement
  • Pathetic

Best (and Worst) Study Habits – Part III: Share Your Opinions

Best (and Worst) Study Habits

Discuss the Photo

1. Do these two girls appear bored or tired?

2. Would your professor(s) tolerate such behaviour in class?

3. How long is a typical lecture in your university?

Discussion Activity

In survey question #1 of this ESL lesson you learned about the 4 types of learners. They included the visual, auditory, read-write and kinesthetic learners.

For 5 minutes alone go through the “12 best study practices” below for each type of learner and match them to that specific type of learner.

For example, “explains concepts aloud in his/her own words while studying” would be an auditory learner.

When you’re finished matching them compare and discuss your answers with your teacher and peers.

12 Best Study Practices

  • Use maps, charts and diagrams
  • Records lectures and listens later
  • Takes a lot of detailed notes
  • Creates bulleted lists
  • Makes and uses flashcards
  • Highlights and underlines in readings
  • Studies with classmates and shares ideas
  • Uses examples when taking notes
  • Uses videos and power point presentations
  • Uses word associations to remember things
  • Translates diagrams into verbal or written summaries
  • Focuses on titles when reading

The Best (and Worst) Study Habits

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