The following checklist includes some key behaviours that are associated with academic success.
For each item, indicate if this is a behaviour that you engage in regularly. If your score is 3 or less on any item, do something to improve the associated behaviour.
For assistance developing these skills:
If you'd like to complete a more formal and detailed assessment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory.
|Want to be a better student? Start by assessing your behaviours:||No---Yes|
|1||I always go to class.||1-2-3-4-5|
|2||I take a good set of lecture notes.||1-2-3-4-5|
|3||In class, I monitor whether or not I am fully understanding the ideas.||1-2-3-4-5|
|4||I spend some time soon after class to read over my class notes, to improve them if necessary, to reflect about the ideas, and do any assigned exercises or homework problems.||1-2-3-4-5|
|5||After going through my class notes, if there are any ideas that I have difficulty understanding, I check in the textbook for clarification or with someone who can help (classmate, T.A., prof., course help centre, SDC's Learning Help Centre).||1-2-3-4-5|
|6||I read my text (or do other appropriate preparatory work) before going to class.||1-2-3-4-5|
|7||As I read my text, I pay attention to the text structure: marginal questions, text in bold or italics, headings, and the captions that accompany illustrative material in the margins.||1-2-3-4-5|
|8||As I read the text, I think about whether or not I will remember the ideas easily. If not, I think about ways to remember the information as the reading unfolds.||1-2-3-4-5|
|9||I use a system for summarizing the main points of the text: I highlight, make marginal notes, make summary notes, and/or use the study guide.||1-2-3-4-5|
|10||I do occasional review of past text chapters and/or class notes even when I don't have a test looming.||1-2-3-4-5|
|11||I give myself enough time to review adequately for a test.||1-2-3-4-5|
|12||I find ways to self-test during my test review instead of just reading over the information.||1-2-3-4-5|
|13||I maintain a calm approach to test writing and get a good night's sleep before a test or exam.||1-2-3-4-5|
|14||I am able to manage my anxiety in tests or exams.||1-2-3-4-5|
|15||I plan my exam writing based on the amount of time and the value of individual questions.||1-2-3-4-5|
|16||I go over my returned exams to learn about the types of mistakes that I made.||1-2-3-4-5|