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TIPS FOR ACTIVE LEARNING
1. Sitting with a book open in front of you is NOT active learning. It is so tempting to gently place your head on top of your book and take a restful, short nap. Active learning activities for reading include writing notecards, preparing reading summary notes (on the book itself) or in a research journal, and preparing cornell notes for future studying. A great website that facilitates cornell notetaking is Classmint, where you can register and save your notes, but it works best with Chrome or Firefox (sorry, Internet Explorer--the truth hurts).
2. Studying the night before a test is called cramming, not studying. Active study techniques include completing a study guide or working in a study group. If you are just forming a study group, check out our tips on this website.
3. Finally, writing well takes planning and stages. It's not enough to write a draft on the way to class without reflection or connection to the many other great things in your life. Take time to read your prompt carefully and then write a short answer. By taking a break and revisiting that response, you can add to it and really develop your answer. For more tips on writing a draft, visit our great University Writing Center in ACSB 2.130. Get ur study on, UTPA Broncs!
Questions? Call your LAC Student Support Team at 665-3072.