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)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

1 hour
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

A.    To teach students how to schedule time.
    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.
    1.    Objective
    2.    Oral exams
    3.    Essay exams
    4.    Standardized exams

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

    A.    Introduction to course; assignment of keeping a daily time journal; discussion of study attitudes.
    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

Lecture, discussion and group exercises using audio visual materials to teach efficient study skills.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing and testing

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A.    See listing for suggested textbooks.
B.    Lab Materials.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Assessment of student's progress include standardize test and informal appraisals.  A test is to be administered at the beginning and end of the semester.

XI.   Other Course Information

a.    Attendance policy
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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at