I am currently using a soft cover test book titled Making Your Mark, 7th
edition by Lisa Fraser as the main test for my six sections of Learning
Strategies that I teach each semester. It is the best material I have
ever found after teaching these classes for over 22 years and trying
many different texts, workbooks etc. You can get more information via It is very inexpensive. I pay $4.75 per copy
based on the number I order. The more copies ordered the cheaper per
copy. The ISBN is 0-9735298-1-4. The publishing company is located in
Canada. You can get all this information from their web site. 

This book takes the approach that it is not about study skills. It's
about getting a good job after you graduate. My 300+ students over the
past two years find the book very practical, realistic and to the point
about the various topics. Many good group and individual exercises in
the appendix. I use two of them related to goal setting and motivation
which the students really like. On top of it all the student does not
need to buy the book at the bookstore. I order in volume and provide
through my limited budget to the members of the classes. The student
keeps the book when class ends. It is designed in such a manner that it
could be used for 3-4 intense workshops. My classes go for six weeks, 12
class meetings so I do not use it every class period.

Carolyn Griffith, Director
Center for Learning Assistance
Bradley University
Peoria, IL 

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 8:36 AM
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Subject: Looking for a list of study activities


I'm doing two 1 hour workshops on Study Skills...the first will focus on
the basics of time management, note-taking, and textbook reading...and
the second on test taking. These workshops are targeted to our TRiO SSS

I know I'm covering a lot of ground with the first workshop, but I'm
hoping that in addition to covering some basics with these topics I'll
also generate some one-on-one follow-up time with students.

I'm going to begin by having them fill out the "Learners Weekly Planner"
found on the Study Guides and Strategies Web site, and encourage them to
use the 2 hour of study for every hour of class guideline when filling
out the grid.

When I do intakes with students for our program one of the questions on
their intake form has to do with number of hours in class and number of
hours spent studying. I'm often amazed at how few hours of study time is
listed...and...the looks I get when suggesting the two hour
guideline...which I'm very careful to explain along with the variables
that go into it. So many of them are used to studying for tests just
prior to the test and starting papers late...and don't do all the extras
(e.g. daily review of notes and reading, weekly course reviews, etc.).
By doing the extras...I think most could get closer to the two for one
formula, which finally gets me to the reason for this post.

Does anyone have a list of comprehensive study activities they would be
willing to share with me? I thought I'd ask before trying to brainstorm
a list of my I really want students to leave the workshop with
ideas that they perhaps haven't thought of (e.g. browsing journals in
the library for a paper topic weeks before it's actually due).

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Rod RobinsTRIO Director
Bay de Noc Community College*\*2001 North Lincoln Road*\*Escanaba,
Michigan 49829-2511*\*906-786-5802
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