The purpose of this checklist is to find out about your own study habits and attitudes.
Yes No -- I spend too
much time studying for what I am learning.
Yes No -- I usually spend
hours cramming the night before an exam.
Yes No -- If I spend as
much time on my social activities as I want to,
I don't have enough time left to study, or when
I study enough, I don't have time for a social
Yes No -- I usually try
to study with the radio and TV turned on.
Yes No -- I can't sit
and study for long periods of time without
becoming tired or distracted.
Yes No -- I go to class,
but I usually doodle, daydream, or fall asleep.
Listening & Note Taking
Yes No -- My class notes
are sometimes difficult to understand later.
Yes No -- I usually seem
to get the wrong material into my class notes.
Yes No -- I don't review
my class notes periodically throughout the
semester in preparation for tests.
Yes No -- When I get to
the end of a chapter, I can't remember what I've
Yes No -- I don't know
how to pick out what is important in the text.
Yes No -- I can't keep
up with my reading assignments, and then I have
to cram the night before a test.
Yes No -- I lose a lot
of points on essay tests even when I know the
Yes No -- I study
enough for my test, but when I get there my mind
Yes No -- I often study
in a haphazard, disorganized way under the
threat of the next test.
Yes No -- I often wish
that I could read faster.
Yes No -- I often find
myself getting lost in the details of reading
and have trouble identifying the main ideas.
Yes No -- I rarely
change my reading speed in response to the
difficulty level of the selection, or my
familiarity with the content.
Yes No -- When my
teachers assign papers I feel so overwhelmed
that I can't get started.
Yes No -- I usually
write my papers the night before they are due.
Yes No -- I can't seem
to organize my thoughts into a paper that makes
If you have answered "yes"
to two or more questions in any category, do some research on how you can improve on them. If you have one "yes" or less in a category, you
are probably proficient enough in these areas
that you don't need self-help information. Feel
free, however, to get information in areas that
you may have special interests, even if you