The Study Smarter Series - Six Study Courses Rolled Into One

Time Management, Note Taking, Memory, Test Taking, Textbook Reading, Vocabulary
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

I designed this course to turn you into a trained, efficient, professional student. You will learn skills that will matter throughout your entire life, both at work and in your private life. But most importantly, if you master these skills, you will make it through your freshman year.

The course is actually six short courses bundled together into one longer course. If you are only interested in taking one of the topics you will find it listed as a separate course. The course titles are:

Managing Your Time

Taking Better Notes

Reading Textbooks Efficiently

Building Your Vocabulary

Taking Tests Effectively, and

Sharpening Your Memory

Each course consists of five Power Point lectures and a student packet. Ideally you will print the student packet for each topic. During the lectures, I will refer to the student packets, which contain exercises and examples. You need to put the principles in the lectures into practice in the student packets.

What are the requirements?

  • No prerequisites required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Turn yourself into a professional student who:
  • Manages time to balance school, work, and self.
  • Takes notes using the Cornell System, Mind Maps, and Timelines.
  • Reads textbooks using previews, SQ4R methodology, note taking, and summaries.
  • Builds vocabulary using root words, expressive vocabulary, and context clues.
  • Takes tests with a minimum of anxiety, effective preparation, and strategies for question types.
  • Sharpens memory through structure and association.

Who is the target audience?

  • Ideal students are college freshman, and high school students in college-prep. However, any adult planning to return to school for additional education should take this course.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Introductory Lecture
Section 1: Managing Your Time

This lecture looks at the purpose of time management and the various ways that we waste time.


We develop a balance between the time we spend in School, Work, and Self.


We inventory our time across a breakdown of the three domains (School, Work, Self). Discover our Peak and Slump times. Examine distractions. And list 40 tips for managing our time.


We develop a weekly schedule that can evolve over time.


We examine goals, motivation, and procrastination. What are short-term versus long-term goals? What is the difference between a bad goal and a good goal?

Section 2: Taking Better Notes

Note taking begins with listening. What is the distinction between hearing and listening? How can we improve our listening skills?


Note taking begins before class with preparation. We also introduce the Cornell System for taking notes.


We examine the Cornell System for taking notes in detail.


Now that we have a system, we can look at technique - abbreviations, drawings, charts, outlines, statistics, etc.


Some people respond best to visual note taking systems, including mind maps and timelines.

Section 3: Reading Textbooks Efficiently

We outline a system for reading a textbook - preview, skim, read actively, read analytically.


The "preview step" - how to preview the reading.


The SQ4R system for reading - Survey, Question, Read, Record, Recite, Review.


Marking texts and reading for comprehension.


How to summarize a textbook reading - both the value and technique.

Section 4: Building Your Vocabulary

Developing your two vocabularies - your Receptive vocabulary, and your Expressive vocabulary.


Methods to improve your expressive vocabulary - glossaries, flashcards, the vocabulary study sheet.


Root words, and how prefixes and suffixes change their meaning.


Developing effective vocabulary improvement strategies related to academic success in college.


Selecting the right word from among homonyms.

Section 5: Taking Tests Effectively

Test anxiety - how to manage, reduce, and put to good use.


Preparing for tests - a five day plan.


Behaviors in the days leading up to the test, and an action plan for taking the test.


Uh-oh. You don't know the answer. Strategies to improve your chances for each type of question.


A system for answering an essay test.

Section 6: Sharpening Your Memory

How your brain processes and stores information.


The first 6 (of 12) methods to improve your memory retention.


The second 6 (of 12) methods to improve your memory retention.


Why do we forget? Or do we?


Using association and mnemonic techniques to improve our memory.

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Instructor Biography

Karlene Lesh, Study Smarter Series

I grew up in California and have taught a variety of subjects, as well as, every grade from kindergarten to community college. I first received a multiple subject credential and taught first grade. I was introduced to special education and loved it, therefore, I got my mild/moderate special education credential and have taught every grade from kindergarten to high school. I knew I wanted to help students more, so I decided to get my counseling credential and a masters in education. I started teaching in the year 2000 and my last teaching position was at a community college for 2 years. As a professor, my job was the improvement of teaching and learning by “fill in the gaps” and building study skills, reading skills, math skills, as well as, strategies for transfer level, developmental education, and occupational/vocational education students. The study skills courses I taught are: Time Management, Test Taking, Note Taking, Textbook Reading, Memory and Vocabulary. I also taught advanced reading and critical thinking, as well as, 9 study skills workshops each semester and a first year success course. The community college had budget cuts so I decided to move to Chicago and I am currently teaching as a part-timeTitle I teacher, which allows me to focus on teaching online courses. Teaching is my passion and I learn something new every year!

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