Once you start, it will encourage you to continue

April 12, 2016

Kristine Peace, Associate Professor, Psychology

IMAGE_STORY_Kristine_Peace_3I was a terrible student in some ways. I did study in advance, attended class, and wrote notes on chapters, but when it came to studying for exams, I was a procrastinator.

It worked for me and I was rewarded with good grades, but when I got to graduate school, I realized I couldn’t do that anymore and started looking at tried-and-true strategies that really work. That’s also when I started teaching study skills sessions to undergraduate students based on principles of psychology and behaviour.

Pick a starting point, make a specific plan, and create charts/graphs to help you study. While these strategies take a bit of time, you are studying while you are working on them!

We all tend to waste a lot of time as we think that nothing can get accomplished within a 50-minute class break—often because our “to do” list has items like “read chapters 6/7/8” or “write psychology paper,” rather than manageable tasks like “read and take notes on pages 1 to 15 in Chapter 6” or “type and format references page for psychology paper.” These CAN be accomplished in small blocks of time and help us to avoid putting off tasks that seem overwhelming. Once you start, it will encourage you to continue—progress is rewarding.

Check out some more of Kristine’s crunch-time study tips.

This story is part of our Portraits of MacEwan series where students, faculty and staff share snapshots of their lives with the university community. 

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