Reading/Writing

  • Concentrate more on written texts and captions than on illustrations.
  • Outline chapters prior to reading them, focusing on subheadings and any terms in boldface or italics to identify the author’s major ideas.
  • Write out lecture notes in complete sentences. This will help familiarize you with important concepts and facts, as well as fixing them in your memory.
  • Practice your recall by listing key terms and details.
  • You must also create flash cards containing key terms.
  • When preparing for exams, try writing a summary of what material you feel confident about and what material you don’t. Then try writing out exactly what confuses you and why. This will help identify the material you need to focus on the most, and it may even lead you to a remedy for your confusion.
  • Re-write key social work terms and theories in your OWN words when taking notes and making flash cards.