Students Want Study Guides, but Who Should Prepare Them?

Young woman smiling as she studies in a library
Many faculty (probably most who read this column) willingly do a great many things to help students learn. For example, we know that our courses are jammed with content and that it’s hard for a lot of students to figure out what they need to learn for the exam. We try to help by preparing study guides. They may outline concepts, define key terms, summarize salient points, provide study questions, highlight relevant textual material, include sample test questions, or offer helpful study hints. Students quickly recognize that they’re a great resource and routinely request them with comments about how much they help.

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