What are your best study tips? I just got a great study tip yesterday from one of my students: Charge your iPod. Keep your iPod charged so that you can listen to your music on your iPod instead of on your computer so that you won't be distracted by Facebook, messages, etc... I would love to hear what study strategies work for students and which ones teachers advise their students to use.

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Find a distraction-free environment for studying.  Although we all want to multitask, you really should not be trying to do too many things at once.  Music is great as background noise, but make sure that it really does stay in the background and does not become your focus itself.

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I have audiobooks on my ipod as a way of revising them. Many of the classics have free downloads, and it helps to keep a text clear in one's mind to hear it read. I try to offer an MP3 link on all the texts I teach so students can have this to supplement the written text.

 Also, baroque music like Mozart on the i-pod can help concentration when studying - especially good for those of us who don't work well in silence.

I also have a ten-minute relaxation session on my i-pod which is great for calming down in times of stress.

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I also would emphasize discussion and exchange of ideas as a way to learn material, particularly some of the more subjective stuff we deal with in the humanities. On one level, Ipods are great, I certainly use mine to tune out background noise when I'm reading. On another they can be very distracting in and of themselves. I encourage reading techniques like "talking to texts" in order to foster good, efficient reading. It helps to have good notes, and that's one way to do it. Above all, I tell students not to try to memorize material, though that can be a tough sell sometimes. Rather, I encourage them to think thematically, and organize information into arguments and broader questions as they go along.

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I agree with # 2's emphasis on discussion.  I am noticing that a lot of good material is now available on YouTube. For students who are accustomed to visual learning, YouTube may help.  By the way, eNotes itself has an excellent series of videos on Shakespeare that may be helpful to students studying the Bard.

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The study tip I emphasize with students is that they should study often in small bursts rather than for hours right before the test.

My second favorite tip is to talk about the material with someone. I don't mean having someone quiz you but rather discussing the most important factor in the decision by President Wilson to enter World War I.  Taking a controversial or debatable stance on the issue or hearing the perspectives of others will help you remember the information.

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