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Study Skills

  • By: Tony D. Crespi & Richard P. Bieu
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Study skills are the processes individuals use to digest and learn information. Although the term is typically used to characterize student learning in school, study skills are used by individuals across the life span who may be engaged in study activities ranging from the acquisition of a driver's license to completing a continuing education class associated with a job or career.

In a basic way, study skills are critical for maximizing learning. Just as an automobile mechanic must possess specific tools to tune an automobile engine, so study skills are the tools of learning. Unfortunately, from elementary school through college, many students do not know or possess a solid knowledge of effective study skills and strategies. Poor study skills can lead to an array of negative ...

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