Union City

Area School District

107 Concord Street Union City, PA 16438 | 814-438-3804
It is the mission of the Union City Area School District and the community to empower our students to be life-long learners by providing a safe and caring learning environment designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Library

Study Skills

Managing Your Time & Study Environment

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Strategies for Effective Learning

Determine your goals, values, and priorities.
Evaluate your schedule and make adjustments as appropriate.
Get a plan before starting a task. Set time limits to stay focused.
Break tasks into manageable (and meaningful) chunks.
Stay caught up with reading and assignments.
Have a strategy for taking tests. Monitor your time.
Web sites on managing your time and study environment.

Listening, Note-Taking, and Using Visual Organizers

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Preview text and list questions to help focus your listening during lectures.
Use Cornell notes or mapping for class notes depending on the style in which information is presented.
Annotate - make margin notes in text to label information; circle important terms and concepts, underline important details; summarize, and note questions you have about the material.
Use graphic organizers to show relationships between concepts (i.e., Venn diagram, fishbone diagram, feature analysis, etc.).
Map your ideas to organize writing for papers and tests.
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Research and Writing Papers

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Plan ahead - develop a schedule for completing each step of the process.
Choose a topic.
Do your research. Learn how to use the library and to conduct research.
Write the paper.
Edit your work.
Web sites that provide information on research and writing papers.

Taking Tests

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Stay up-to-date on assignments. Learn material and review as you go along.
Analyze past tests to determine how you can improve your test-taking skills.
Ask the instructor about the test. Ask yourself what was stressed in the text and in lectures.
Apply stress management techniques to deal with test anxiety.
Break up study sessions by units or chapters.
Prepare to answer different kinds of test questions.
Survey the test. Answer the easiest questions first, to control anxiety. Then strategize a plan and concentrate greatest effort on the questions that are worth the most points.
Map responses to essay questions before writing.
Web sites providing information on taking tests.
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