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Study Habit Questionnaire

1) Reflect on your existing study skills
2) Understand your strengths
3) Pinpoint areas that need improvement
4) Set goals to improve and practice

Activity 1: Self-Assessment
Directions: Read the statements below and select the answer that best describes YOU. Be
honest. The topics are Homework, Note Taking, Time Management, and Test Performance.
Score the results and have a conversation with your tutor about areas you want to improve.
Then, write down goals that will help you improve!

1) When you do homework, you study with to get an A.
a) I do this regularly
b) Depends on the subject
c) Rarely
d) No, I never make As
2) When you first begin a new chapter, you
a) Read it through once quickly, to discover what you already know and do not know
b) Read it thoroughly, underlining or highlighting important details
c) Outline it
d) Only look for answers to the questions at the end of the chapter
3) You usually read material at least twice because:
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The words do not make much sense the first time

So you can outline the material or construct a test review
You are unclear about certain parts
You rarely re-re the material

4) During the second time you see the new material, you
a) Reread the entire chapter
b) Outline the chapter and look up words
c) Rarely re-read the material
d) Make up typical test questions or flashcards
5) When you read, do you pronounce the words to yourself?
a) Usually only the ones I do not know
b) Yes, frequently
c) Rarely or never
d) It depends whether I am reading for pleasure or for a test
6) When you read the chapter, you are able to create mental pictures in your mind.
a) Regularly
b) Not at all
c) My reading involves some imagery or action
d) Rarely
7) Do you find that you generally have trouble determining the important points in the material
that you have read or studied?
a) Yes, frequently
b) Depends on the subject matter
c) Sometimes
d) Rarely
8) Do you enjoy reading for pleasure
a) Yes, usually
b) Its difficult when the words are hard, but I like it
c) Reading is very difficult because it makes me sleepy
d) No, it is boring
9) Do you have difficulty concentrating on material you are studying
a) Only on really difficult or uninteresting material
b) Not often a problem
c) Sometimes

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d) Yes, most of the time

10) When you are reading, you tend to
a) Fall asleep
b) Have trouble concentrating with certain subjects
c) Concentrate pretty well most of the time
d) Allow my mind to wander to other thoughts or ideas
11) How often do you contact others for studying purposes?
a) Often
b) Sometimes
c) Depends on the subject
d) Never
12) How often do you find yourself inspired to study but are overwhelmed by the amount you
need to accomplish?
a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Frequently
d) Depends on the kind of assignment
13) When you have to prepare an essay outside of class, do you proofread for mistakes in
punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc.?
a) I consistently do this
b) I never bother; not enough time
c) I do not need to look for ways to improve my writing
d) I reread it but sometimes have difficulty finding errors
14) You have to really enjoy a subject in order to learn it
a) It helps, but not necessary
b) Interest is absolutely necessary for me to learn
c) I sometimes find that interest in a subject helps. Learning is difficult for me
d) I learn things regardless because I want to get good grades
15) You study with loud music or TV
a) Rarely
b) Sometimes
c) Often
d) Always

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16) If you dislike your teacher, does it effect your grade?

a) Rarely
b) Sometimes
c) Yes, frequently
d) This has not been a problem or me so far

Note Taking.
17) After studying material, how often do you close the book (or notes) and allow yourself to
check what you know by spending 10-15 minutes writing down all the important info?
a) Regularly
b) Never
c) Sometimes
d) I do not understand this process
18) Do you often miss important parts of class because you do not write as fast as you would
a) Yes, frequently
b) Sometimes
c) Rarely
d) Depends on the subject
19) When taking notes on a discussion, film, movie or lecture
a) You write out new names or places once and abbreviate the rest
b) You try to remember everything you hear and writing, not only what you are told to write
c) You use abbreviations, but sometimes cannot remember what they meant a few days later
d) You feel like you are constantly writing without understanding the ideas you are hearing
20) When taking notes from your textbook, you
a) Look for the main idea and supporting details in each section or paragraph as you read it
b) Only copy the boldly typed headings in sequential order
c) Write as many of the key facts as you can find and always include new vocab
d) Find it difficult to know what to write
21) When you take notes in class, you
a) Mostly doodle in your notebook to pass the time
b) Use drawings and diagrams to organize information
c) Re-read your notes within 24 hours of writing them
d) Have to get a copy of the notes from your teacher or friend because you could not write
fast enough

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Time Management.
22) Do you catch yourself wasting time getting started on the task of studying?
a) Yes
b) Sometimes
c) No
d) Depends on subject
23) Do you tend to wait for the right moment before starting an assignment?
a) Yes
b) Sometimes
c) No
d) Depends on subject
24) Do you find that you are easily distracted while trying to study?
a) Sometimes, but not a lot
b) Hardly ever
c) Fairly often
d) Constantly
25) In scheduling your study time, how do you proceed?
a) I schedule everything ahead of time studying, personal time, sports, social events
b) I do not schedule studying. I just do the work.
c) I schedule study time on a day-to-day basis
d) I do not like schedules because I know I will not follow them
26) You notice that your study time is interrupted by outside distractions, such as Facebook
messages, calls, texts, noises
a) Rarely
b) Sometimes
c) Often
d) Not really a problem for me
27) You spend more time with on the computer or watching TV then you should
a) Rarely
b) Sometimes
c) Often
d) Not really a problem for me
28) How much total time do you spend studying every night, on average?
a) Two or more hours
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b) One-two hours
c) Thirty minutes to an hour
d) Less than thirty minutes
29) Do you frequently find that you are too tired or too sleepy to study efficiently
a) Yes, often
b) Sometimes
c) Rarely
d) I know I frequently use this as an excuse

Test Prep and Performance.

30) Do you review your notes each night by turning them into test questions?
a) Consistently
b) Not really
c) Only for a difficult subject
d) I would like to, but do not know how
31) You study for test with your friends, not by yourself
a) Often
b) Sometimes
c) Rarely b/c when I get to tests, I have to ready to do it alone
d) Depends on the subject
32) Do you find that you get nervous on tests?
a) I am usually tense, but under control
b) I sometimes miss important points because of my anxiety or stress
c) I am very tense during most tests
d) I take tests without tension
33) Before writing an answer to an essay question on a test, do you write a rough outline on
paper or in your head?
a) Yes, I always plan before writing
b) No, I just write what comes to mind
c) It depends on the material
d) I plan out as I write
34) When you are studying, do you keep goals in mind for yourself?
a) Yes, I like to get Bs or higher
b) As long as I get Cs, Im satisfied
c) It bothers me when I earn anything less than an A
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d) My grades do not matter

35) Which of the following best describes your memory system?
a) I can remember things for a short period of time
b) I find it difficult remembering information for unit tests or exams
c) I usually remember things for a long period of time
d) I have not discovered an efficient memory system
36) When you try to remember large chunks of information, like the states and their capitals, a
speech, or story you want to tell,
a) you do not find this difficult
b) it takes work, but you can do it
c) it is too difficult, and you need help in this area
d) it makes you too nervous or pressured

Mental and Physical Relaxation

37) When asked to speak in front of your class or a group of people,
a) you get right up and do it without feeling too uncomfortable
b) you get nervous but know you are prepared and can do it
c) your hands shake and your voice sounds uneven or nervous
d) you try to avoid at all costs
38) Test performance is important to you,
a) but you rarely study enough for your tests
b) but you often do not do well on tests even if youve studied
c) and that is why you consistently study hard
d) but you get so nervous anxiety your brain cannot think
39) Which best describes you absences from school?
a) Its up to me when I stay home
b) I tend to be absent on day of test that I dread
c) I do not miss class when something important is going to happen
d) I try to be present everyday
40) Each day you start off with the feeling that
a) Today could be just like any other day
b) Your classmates or teacher think you are dumb or lazy
c) Today is a new day, and you will do your best
d) It will take hard work and discipline for you to be your best

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Check your answers with those listed below and assign yourself the number of points assicated
with each response:
(insert scorecard)
(insert analysis)

Activity 2: Talk about your results with your Tutor

Directions: Based on the results, talk with your tutor about the findings. Did anything surprise
you in particular about the resutls? What are two or three skills you definitely want to develop?
Has your tutor gone through a similar experience? What works for them?

Activity 3: Set GOALs

My strongest skill is _____________________________________________________________
My weakest skills is _____________________________________________________________
Based on the results, I should work on these three things:
i) ____________________________________________________________________

ii) ____________________________________________________________________

iii) ____________________________________________________________________

Now, turn them into SMART goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic,
and time sensitive (example: by the end of third quarter, I will test myself every night by writing
out information in my notebook after reading).
i) ____________________________________________________________________

ii) ____________________________________________________________________
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iii) ____________________________________________________________________

Key Learnings and Tips:

1) Studying is not easy, and understanding what works for you when studying takes
time and practice. The exercise you just did is a huge first step.
2) Your goal is to develop a routine for homework completion and studying. That
way you know when you do your work every day and can plan around it. You have
to stick to your routine.
3) When you are doing your work, turn off your phone or keep it in the other room. Do
not rest it right next to your work area. You will end up staring at it constantly and
when it vibrates, you will immediately look at it and break concentration. It takes a
lot of self-control to ignore text messages, facebook chat, etc. But, you are better for
it. Plus, its always cool to be slightly elusive.
4) Your mind can only absorb information for so long in one sitting. After studying for
about two hours, take a break and let it sink in. You will be amazed how much you
absorb after a good night sleep, having a family dinner, or going to the gym.
5) During the weekends its nice to not have homework hanging over your head. Try to
do worksheets or quick homework on Friday afternoons or Saturdays so you do not
have an overwhelming amount of work on Sunday. Even a quick 30 minutes on a
Friday afternoon can make you feel more comfortable about the weekend plans, both
social and academic.
6) Study by yourself and then clarify with friends or in groups. Since you are the one
taking the test, its not good to only study in a group. But, your classmates can be
very helpful for clarifying the problem you did not understand or discussing concepts.
Leverage your classmates, but do not rely on them in full.
7) Visit your teachers regularly. They need to know that you are committed.

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