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DIRECTIONS FOR SELF SCORING AND
INTERPRETING SYSTEMATIC STUDY SURVEY
There are two steps to scoring your survey.
The first is to compute your scores. To begin, you must reverse the
numbers on some of your responses. This is necessary because some of the actions on the
survey are good to do always, like making a study schedule. Others are not good to do
always like being unable to summarize. There are eight questions you should change. If you
have a four (4) on these cross it out and put a one (1), if you have a three (3) cross it
out and put a two (2), cross out a two (2) and put a three (3), and cross out a four (4)
and put a one (1). You should do this for questions 2, 6, 7, 22, 25, 27, 31, and 32. Each
of these questions has an *.
The second step is to compute your score. Begin by adding the numbers in
each section. You should have four scores. One each for Preparation Skills, Learning
Information, Follow-up Skills and Taking Tests.
Now, you can add these four scores together to get a total score.
Interpreting your scores
The possible score ranges on each section are:
- Preparations Skills
- High 36
- Low 9
- Learning Information
- High 40
- Low 10
- Follow-up Skills
- High 36
- Low 9
- Taking Tests
- High 16
- Low 4
- High 128
- Low 32
Your score is an indication of your study strengths and weaknesses. One purpose of the
survey is to help you identify strengths so you can increase them. A second purpose is to
help you identify weaknesses so you can improve your study.
We suggest that you look at your scores for each section and make
judgements about your skills. The guide below may help you decide.
- Above 30
- indicates a need to develop and apply all preparation skills. You should also develop a
systematic approach to study and planning skills. You should complete the entire Study
- 29 - 20
- indicates a need to improve study planning and time management and to develop more
effective preparation skills. Work especially on applying skills to regular study and
studying systematically. You should complete the entire Study Smart program.
- 19 - 15
- indicates good use of preparation skills. You should look at your scores to see if you
have any 4's. If so, you should work on lessons that address these skills. You should find
that your preparation skills can be improved and you may be able to develop new skills by
working through Study Smart.
- 14 - below
- indicates very good preparation skills. You may want to look at all the preparation
lessons in Study Smart (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9) to develop new skills.
- Above 40
- indicates a need to increase active learning and text reading. You should complete the
entire Study Smart program.
- 39 - 30
- indicates a need to improve study activity, reading skills and memory skills. You may
need to increase the number of skills you use and/or the way and frequency that you use
these skills. As you work through Study Smart concentrate on developing and increasing
- 29 -20
- indicates good use of these skills but also a need to improve your study strategies. You
may want to study more systematically and to use more skills. Concentrate on active
learning and on developing your skills. Work on in-class and home study skills.
- below 20
- indicates good use of skills and a good level of study activity. You may want to develop
specific skills in areas where you rated yourself a 2 or 4. You may also find that the
Study Smart lessons 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 will suggest some skills you do not
- Above 30
- indicates you are not systematic in your study and rely too much on others to judge your
success. You should complete the entire Study Smart program and pay special attention to
the TEST part of systematic study.
- 29 - 20
- indicates that you can improve your study by being more systematic. You should complete
every study session with a self-test as suggested in PAT. You can develop skills to plan
your study and to review regularly. You should complete the entire Study Smart program.
- 19 - 9
- indicates that you have good follow-up or self-testing skills. You may find the skills
presented in Study Smart to be helpful to increase your success.
- over 12
- indicates a need to develop test taking skills. You should develop skills to plan your
study and to study systematically. Good learning is the main key to good test scores.
Complete the whole Study Smart program to discover actions you can take to improve your
- 11 - 7
- indicates a need to expand test taking skills and study for tests. While the entire
Study Smart program will provide you with many good ideas, pay particular attention to
Lessons 18, 19 and 20.
- below 7
- indicates excellent test taking skills. You may find some additional skills presented in
Lessons 18, 19 and 20 to be helpful as well as other skills throughout the Study Smart
Now, you should interpret your scores.
Remember that no one does all the actions on the survey perfectly. In
fact, all students can improve how they study. In addition to learning more, everyone can
learn to study faster, remember better, and understand more completely.
The purpose of this survey is to help you recognize your own strengths and
weaknesses. Once you are aware of how you can improve, you are likely to be more
If your scores are in the higher ranges, this may mean you can improve in
many ways. You should study the whole Study Smart program. Work on your study planning,
goals and systematic study. You should also develop many skills. Work through the lessons
and master the skills. Ask if you have questions. Use all of the skills with your regular
school work. You may want to repeat each lesson at least once after you have completed the
If your scores are in the middle range, you should definitely consider the
Study Smart program. Many students who do well at study either use only a few skills or do
not study systematically. Changing these is a good way to increase your school success. As
you work on Study Smart, concentrate on how you can improve your study. You can add more
skills to be more versatile and successful, you can become more systematic with better
goals, and you can develop concentration and interest. There are many other ways you can
improve, also. Use the survey to identify some improvement goals for yourself.
If your scores are in the lower ranges, you study well. You may be
able to be even more successful by developing other skills. Look at the Study Smart
lessons for ideas on how you can change. Try out these ideas and see if you can
improve your study.
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