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Abstract

The typical student never receives formal instruction on scientificallybased study techniques. Instead, most students utilize ineffective methods such as rereading and highlighting. After discussing the research on effective and ineffective study techniques, the paper focuses on my attempts to help students change their study skills by providing them with optional reading material, developing an assignment that draws on the research, or requiring them to utilize the techniques on an exam. Based on my experiences, it appears that requiring students to utilize the study techniques in order to earn points resulted in greater adoption of scientifically-based study techniques than informing the students about the benefits of t he scientifically-based techniques. In addition to sharing my strategy to incorporate study skills training into an upper division course, I also provide a list of studying resources for students and faculty.

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