Chapter 5 Study Skills


Good study habits can make all the difference when it comes to student success. Many adult learners struggle to learn and get good grades. They often think they are “bad students”. Often they just need to learn some effective study habits. But instead, students often start their courses using the same old study habits they did in school even when they clearly didn’t work for them back then. Einstein says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” If it didn’t work before, why would you think it would work now? Maybe it is time to develop some new learning study habits.

Note: People with learning disabilities may need more than working on study habits (depending on the level of disability). If you think you may have a learning disability and would like to be assessed, contact Student Services at your college to inquire about the assessment process and supports available to you.

Learning Objectives

In this chapter on “Study Skills,” students will:

  • Create a learning environment conducive to concentration and focused study.
  • Employ study techniques throughout the term to prepare for quizzes, tests, and exams.
  • Develop critical reading skills.
  • Navigate textbooks by recognizing and emphasizing key concepts, highlighted sections, chapter summaries, glossaries, and indexes.
  • Utilize a variety of memory techniques and strategies.
  • Practice the skills necessary for successful group study experiences.
  • Apply effective note-taking strategies.
  • Implement effective study habits.


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