Take this quiz to assess your college study skills. Choose the statement that most applies to you at this point in time.

Time Management
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
1. I arrive at classes and other meetings on time.
2. I devote sufficient study time to each of my courses.
3. I schedule definite times and outline specific goals for my study time.
4. I prepare a "to do" list daily.
5. I avoid activities which tend to interfere with my planned schedule.
6. I use prime time (when I am most alert) for study.
7. At the beginning of the term, I make up daily activity and study schedules.
8. I begin major course assignments well in advance.
Concentration & Memory
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
9. I have the "study-place" habit, that is, merely being at a certain place at a certain time means time to study.
10. I study in a place free from auditory and visual distractions.
11. I find that I am able to concentrate--that is, give undivided attention to the task for at least 20 minutes.
12. I am confident with the level of concentration I am able to maintain.
13. I have an accurate understanding of the material I wish to remember.
14. I learn with the intention of remembering.
15. I practice the materials I am learning by reciting out loud.
16. I recall readily those things which I have studied.
Note Taking
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
17. While I am taking notes, I think about how I will use them later.
18. I understand the lecture and classroom discussion while I am taking notes.
19. I organize my notes in some meaningful manner (such as outline format).
20. I review and edit my notes systematically.
21. I take notes on supplementary reading materials.
22. I have a system for marking textbooks.
23. When reading, I mark or underline parts I think are important.
24. I write notes in the book while I read.
Testing
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
25. I try to find out what the exam will cover and how the exam is to be graded.
26. I feel confident that I am prepared for the exam.
27. I try to imagine possible test questions during my preparation for an exam.
28. I take time to understand the exam questions before starting to answer.
29. I follow directions carefully when taking an exam.
30. I usually get a good night's rest prior to a scheduled exam.
31. I am calmly able to recall what I know during an exam.
32. I understand the structure of different types of tests and am able to prepare for each type.
Strategic Learning
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
33. When reading, I can distinguish readily between important and unimportant points.
34. I break assignments into manageable parts.
35. I maintain a critical attitude during my study--thinking before accepting or rejecting.
36. I relate material learned in one course to materials of other courses.
37. I try to organize facts in a systematic way.
38. I use questions to better organize and understand the material I am studying.
39. I try to find the best method to do a given job.
40. I solve a problem by focusing on its main point.
Attitude/Motivation
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
41. I sit near the front of the class if possible.
42. I am alert in classes.
43. I ask the instructor questions when clarification is needed.
44. I volunteer answers to questions posed by instructors in the class.
45. I participate in meaningful class discussions.
46. I attend class regularly.
47. I take the initiative in group activities.
48. I use a study method which helps me develop an interest in the material to be studied.
Active Reading
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
49. I survey each chapter before I begin reading.
50. I follow the writer's organization to increase meaning.
51. I review reading material several times during a semester.
52. When learning a unit of material, I summarize it in my own words.
53. I am comfortable with my reading rate.
54. I look up parts I don't understand.
55. I am satisfied with my reading ability.
56. I focus on the main point while reading.
Writing
Never
Some times
Usually
Always
57. I find that I am able to express my thoughts well in writing.
58. I write rough drafts quickly and spontaneously from notes.
59. I put aside a written assignment for a day or so, then rewrite it.
60. I review my writing for grammatical errors.
61. I have someone else read my written work and consider their suggestions for imporved writing.
62. I am comfortable using library sources for research.
63. I am able to narrow a topic for an essay, research paper, etc.
64. I allow sufficient time to collect information, organize material, and write the assignment.

Adapted from the University of Houston Clear Lake Study Skills Assessment Questionnaire, with permission.