Q. What is the study cycle?


The study cycle is a great study method to follow as you prepare for your exams.  It allows you to "chunk" the information into more manageable pieces for better engagement and retention.

Study cycle: Preview - Attend - Review - Study - Assess

Step One:  Preview (done before class)

  • Skim the chapter
  • Look for bold words, headings, review chapter objectives
  • Note questions

Step Two:  Attend

Step Three:  Review within 24 hours

  • Review and rework notes from class
  • Helps transfer information from long-term to short-term memory

Step Four:  Study using intensive study sessions. Repeat the process below 3-5 times per day.


Step Five:  Assess

  • What questions remain?
  • Are your study methods effective?
  • Can I teach this material to others?



LSU Center for Academic Success. (n.d.). Incorporating the study cycle into instruction. Retrieved from http://cas.lsu.edu/incorporating-study-cycle-instruction


  • Last Updated May 20, 2020
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  • Answered By Kristie Keuntjes, Learning Services Coordinator

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