STUDY HABITS CHECKLIST

 

 

Almost
Always

More than
half the
time

About half
the time

Less than
half the
time

Almost
Never

1.)*

Do you keep up-to-date with your assignments?

 

 

 

 

 

2.)

Do you keep a written schedule on which you show the time you plan to set aside each day for studying?

 

 

 

 

 

3.)

Do you divide your study time among the various subjects to be studied?

 

 

 

 

 

4.)*

Is the space on your study table or desk large enough?

 

 

 

 

 

5.)*

Is your study table or desk kept neat, that is, free of distracting objects?

 

 

 

 

 

6.)

Do you study in a quiet place that is free from noisy disturbances?

 

 

 

 

 

7.)

Do you study by yourself rather than with others?

 

 

 

 

 

8.)

When you sit down to study, do you have the equipment and materials you need?

 

 

 

 

 

9.)

When you sit down to study, do you get settled quickly?

 

 

 

 

 

10.)

Do you look a chapter over before reading it in detail?

 

 

 

 

 

11.)

Before reading an assignment in detail, do you make use of any cues in the book such as headings, heavy print, pictures, etc.?

 

 

 

 

 

12.)

As you read an assignment, do you have in mind questions which you are actually trying to answer?

 

 

 

 

 

13.)*

Can you find the main ideas in what you read?

 

 

 

 

 

14.)*

Do you try to get the meaning of important new words?

 

 

 

 

 

15.)

Are you able to read without saying each word to yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

16.)

As you read, do you take notes?

 

 

 

 

 

17.)

Do you review class notes as soon as possible after each class?

 

 

 

 

 

18.)*

Do you try to find a genuine purpose and goal for yourself as you study?

 

 

 

 

 

19.)

Do you find a genuine interest in the subjects you study?

 

 

 

 

 

20.)*

Do you try to understand thoroughly all material that you should remember?

 

 

 

 

 

21.)

When studying material to be remembered, do you try to summarize it yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

22.)

Do you distribute the study of a lengthy assignment over several study sessions?

 

 

 

 

 

23.)

Do you try to relate what you are learning in one subject to what you are learning in other subjects?

 

 

 

 

 

24.)

In addition to reading the book, do you read other materials for the course?

 

 

 

 

 

25.)

When you have questions about your work, do you try to arrange to talk them over with your instructor?

 

 

 

 

 

26.)

Do you discuss the content of your studies with others outside of class?

 

 

 

 

 

27.)

Do you make specific preparations for examinations?

 

 

 

 

 

28.)

In studying for an examination, do you distribute your time over at least two sessions?

 

 

 

 

 

29.)

Do you combine important notes on your textbook and from class into a new master outline in studying for a major examination?

 

 

 

 

 

30.)*

In preparing for an examination, do you review the important facts and principles?

 

 

 

 

 

31.)

In preparing for an examination, do you attempt to predict examination questions?

 

 

 

 

 

32.)

On the night before an examination do you go to bed about your usual time?

 

 

 

 

 

~ Which questions did you answer "almost always" or "more than half of the time"?  They represent your strong points as a student.  Write down their numbers. ___________________
~ Which questions did you mark "less than half the time" or "almost never"?  Write their numbers down. ____________________  These are your weak points as a student.

~ Now look back at each of the questions represented by these numbers on the checklist to see which you consider to be your three greatest strengths and your three greatest weaknesses as a student.  Name them briefly.
        Greatest Strengths                                 Greatest Weaknesses

____________________________            ____________________________

____________________________            ____________________________

____________________________            ____________________________

~ Now look at those questions in the checklist which are starred (1, 4, 5, 13, 14, 18, 20, 30).  These questions are about practices which the best students in three colleges think are especially important.  How many of these eight questions did you answer "almost always" or "more than half the time"?  ___________

~ You may wish to know how your study habits compare with those of other students.  Give yourself 4 points for each mark in the "almost always" column; 3 points for each mark in the "more than half the time" column; 2 points for each mark in the "about half the time" column; 1 point for each mark in the "less than half the time" column; and no points for the marks in the "almost never" column.

Add these points and you will have your total score.  What is it? _______

Compare your score with average scores for various groups of students who have marked the checklist:
                                                                        Male                        Female
Senior High School Students                                 74                            82
    (academic)
Senior High School Students                                 67                            72
    (commercial)
College Freshmen                                                86                            94

~ While you are going through these questions, give special attention to the suggestions dealing with the study habits in which you are weakest.  Try to strengthen these habits.

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