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Do you have Study Skills?

Inventory of College Level Study Skills

To gain a better understanding of yourself as a learner, it is helpful to identify the study skills you now employ. When compared to learners who get A's, you can see where your study skills need refinement or are maximized just the way they are. The following diagnostic test is a short and quick tool for assessing your study skills. This is not a timed test. You surely may ask for assistance when and where you feel you need it. Answer each question as honestly as you can. There are 51 questions.

Directions:

  1. Read each statement. Think carefully about each statement and respond as truthfully as you can.
  2. Select one of the radio buttons that best describes your study skill.

This diagnostic is intended to get you thinking about the differences in high school and college level study skills. College students need a new set of learning tools to do well with college level academics. Use the results from this diagnostic to help you discover what new information you need to earn high grades in college. Utilize your campus learning center, learning skills classes, and learning skills workshops to learn the best ways to understand, learn and remember course content and earn A's in the least amount of time.

TextBooks

  1. I create/make up questions from a chapter before, during or after reading.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. Before reading an assignment, I notice headings, bold print, italics, questions, summaries etc.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. I try to get the meaning of new terms as I encounter them the first time.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I create answers to questions I have made as I read an assignment.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I look for main ideas as I read.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. I am able to readily identify clarifying details under each main idea.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  7. I read a textbook chapter more than Once.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  8. I use a textbook study system such as SQ3R, OK5R etc.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

NoteTaking

  1. I take notes as I read textbook assignments.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. I take notes in lectures.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. After taking notes, I review them before going on to something else.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I rewrite lecture notes.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I compare notes with one or more other students to check completeness and accuracy.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. I organize notes to make self-testing easier.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

Memory

  1. I review notes more than once or twice for exams and quizzes.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. I use mnemonics.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. I use visuals in my notes such as sketches, mind maps, diagrams,charts etc.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I quiz myself over material that could appear on future exams and quizzes.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I organize details to main ideas into numbered or lettered lists.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. I convert text and lecture material into my own words.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  7. I think about material that could be on exams and quizzes when I am not studying.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  8. I try to understand material in my notes as opposed to memorizing.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  9. I try to organize main ideas and details into some logical or meaningful order.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

Test Preparation

  1. I study with a classmate or group.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. When I don't understand something, I get help from classmates, tutors, instructors, SI leaders etc.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. I do all homework assignments.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I turn in all homework assignments on time.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I can easily identify what I have learned and what I have not yet learned before I take a test.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. I review notes for a class before I go to that class.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  7. I read assigned material before I go to class.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  8. I begin studying for an exam from the first week material is assigned or covered in lecture.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  9. I review lecture notes soon after class.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  10. I keep up to date on assignments and homework.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  11. I eat well-balanced meals daily.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  12. I exercise daily.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  13. I attend learning skills classes or learning skills workshops when I know about them.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

Concentration

  1. I study where it is quite when trying to learn and remember something.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. I study for a length of time then take a short break before returning to studying.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. I study in the same place.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I avoid cramming.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I have all my study equipment handy to my study place (pens, paper, calculator etc).
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. When I sit down to study, I tell myself that I intend to study.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  7. I break larger tasks into smaller segments in order to complete a large assignment.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  8. When the subject matter is not naturally interesting, I find ways to learn it anyway.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  9. It is easy to pay attention in class.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  10. I avoid studying in the evening as much as possible.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

Time Management

  1. I use a calender book for recording daily and weekly upcoming academic and personal activities.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  2. I use lists such as daily "to do" lists, assignment lists etc to organize academic and personal activities.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  3. I set up a master schedule of fixed monthly activities such as work, club meetings, classes etc.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  4. I write out short-term and long-term academic goals.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  5. I start papers and projects way before they are due.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never

  6. I study at least 2 hours for every hour I am in class.
    Almost Always
    More than half of the time
    About half of the time
    Less than half of the time
    Almost Never



Inventory of College Level Study Skills form developed by Dennis H. Congos, Learning Skills Specialist, 120 Beech Street, Oviedo, FL USA