Teach Yourself to Study the Smart Way!

Teach Yourself to Study the Smart Way!

It’s no surprise that in college you need to study a lot more than in high school. Students frequently discover they need to adapt their study habits to the college setting.

How about you? Do you struggle with keeping up with your college readings and term papers?

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking skill and give you tips to study smarter.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Studying 1

1. Do you think they’re studying the same subject?

2. What’s the woman looking at?

3. What do you think of the woman’s nails?

4. Do you wear glasses when you read?

5. How many textbooks do you carry around with you each day?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Do you have a set time for studying every day?


2. Before each class, do you review lecture notes from the day before?


3. I don’t bother taking notes during lectures


4. How many hours do you study each evening?

1 hour or less
1-2 hours
3-4 hours
5-6 hours

5. Where do you typically study?

Coffee shop

6. How do you remember key points when you study?

I highlight them
I write them down
I say them aloud

7. Which courses do you have a hard time getting interested in?

8. Do you study better alone, with a buddy, or in a group?

With a buddy
In a group

9. How often do you take 5-10 minute study breaks?

Every 20 minutes
Every 30 minutes
Every 60 minutes
Every 90 minutes
Every 2 hours

10. Are you an early bird or night owl when you study the day before a big test?

Early bird
Night owl

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Studying 2

Discuss the Photo

1. What would you suggest she do to stay awake?

2. Do you think she’ll still retain much of what she has studied?

More Discussion

3. Do you consume coffee or energy beverages to stay alert to study?

4. Some students cram the night before an exam? What do you think of this strategy (or lack of strategy)?

5. How have your study habits changed since you started college?

6. Generally speaking, do high school students have better study skills than college students?

7. Do you think studying ends after college?

8. Do you have your own personal ritual on test day? If so, describe it.

9. As part of your major, in which subjects are you required to write essays or term papers?

10. How can universities prevent students from plagiarizing?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

Teach Yourself to Study the Smart Way!

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