How to Study
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 088 (Prior to 8/89, EGL 002)
Course Name: How to Study
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course offers practical guide to methods of studying. Content includes organizing time, note-taking, preparing for examinations, mastering use of textbook and various other skill areas needed to increase efficiency as a learner.
3 hours Course provides practice in general college-level reading and writing skills. Content includes methods of studying taught in the one-credit course. Focus is on increasing self-confidence.
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Show effective ways to use time.
2. Have students explore priorities at home, work, and school.
3. Have students develop a personal semester schedule.
B. To teach students how to read a textbook properly.
1. Show students the organizational format of most textbooks.
2. Demonstrate how to preview a textbook.
3. Teach SQ3R (surveying, questioning, reading, reciting and reviewing)
C. To explain appropriate behavior and skills to be used in the classroom.
1. Explain the importance of taking notes with the proper materials.
2. Discuss active listening and note taking.
D. To explain how to concentrate, remember, and memorize.
E. To teach note taking
1. From lectures
2. From textbooks
F. To explain how to prepare for and take an exam.
2. Oral exams
3. Essay exams
4. Standardized exams
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Lecture on scheduling; each student prepares a semester schedule.
C. Lecture and exercises on approaching a textbook
D. Lecture and exercises on concentrating, memorizing and remembering
E. Lecture on classroom behavior and skills
F. Lecture, discussion and exercises on taking lecture and textbook notes.
G. Lecture on how to prepare for and take examinations.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
A. See listing for suggested textbooks.
B. Lab Materials.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
b. For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.