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Study Skills

Studying, Shmoop-Style

Let's face it. Studying is hard work. It's even harder if no one ever taught you how to do it right. That's where Shmoop comes in. Our goal in this course is to give you the tools you need to make school just a tiny bit easier, or at least keep you from having a panic attack in any of the following scenarios: your teacher starts throwing out historical events at you like candy at a parade, you realize you have ten assignments due in the next week, one of which is a big paper, or you have to design and perform a psych experiment with a group.

In this course, we'll stock up on a few of the most important study skills. Among them?

  • How to manage and plan your academic schedule
  • Taking notes that will actually help you prepare for that paper/test/project
  • How to read and think about an assigned text before walking into the classroom
  • Designing study aids that work for your learning style
  • Memorizing facts and dates like a walking encyclopedia

So break out those highlighters and join us as we study how to study.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Study Skills

You don't just naturally absorb how to "do" school. You've got to be taught. And since Shmoop speaks student, we've combed the depths of the web to come up with the best of the best to help you be a productive and effective student.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 3: Listening and Note-Taking

If you've ever sat in a classroom, or had a tutor, or been to school, or been a human who can read and write and hear, then you've probably got some experience taking notes. It's one of the things you just sort of learn as you go along, almost accidentally. In high school, note taking becomes a kind of mindless habit, and you just automatically write stuff down when a teacher starts talking. Ideally stuff that the teacher actually says, and not "+ b 2 = c I wonder if Janie will go out hey I should order pepperoni tonight."

If this bears any resemblance to your notes, then you should probably sit up and pay attention. And stop writing in German, probs.
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But note-taking is a skill. And like any skill, it has to be studied, practiced, and improved. This lesson is going to help you do that. We're going to talk about fancy tools—like mind maps and iPads—and not-so-fancy tools like listening well and rereading stuff. By the time we're through with you, you'll be elected King of Note-takers, and crowds of adoring fans will follow you around begging you to autograph their notes.

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  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • College Prep
    • Life Skills
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Common Core Standards  

The following standards are covered in this course:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.2
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.2
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