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Study Tips

[or "How to Get an A in Economics"]

Step 1:

Plan study times in advance and use those times only for studying.
Study in short 1 - 1.5 hour intervals.

Step 2:

Preview the readings before class.
Become familiar with what is about to be presented in class.

Step 3:

Take good class notes - Use the Cornell Note-Taking System

Step 4:

Summarize your class notes as soon as possible after class.
* Keep a separate outline of the course - it will help keep your class notes organized.

Step 5:

Re-read the relevant portion of the textbook (or online Tutorials in this class).
*Agree or disagree with what the author is saying. Look for errors. Do something to get involved.
Add carefully constructed graphs or tables to your notes.

Step 6:

Recite and reflect on your class notes as well as on what you've read.

Step 7:

Work through the end-of-chapter problems or those in the Study Guide.
*[Without looking up the answers!]

Step 8:

At the end of the week, review your summarized notes - this should take about 10 - 15 minutes.

Step 9:

Keep a positive attitude!


A * indicates that this is a good place to consider whether or not you are having problems that require outside assistance. If so see the teacher, a teaching assistant, or a tutor, right away; don't put it off.