How to Study

7 Nov

Let me tell you a secret real quick: high school did not teach you how to study. .

Everything prior to your college career has been handed to you on a silver platter, catering to your needs. Welcome to the real world, people! If you think that just reviewing some notes the night before your first college final is going to cut it, think again. I know that studying is different for everyone, but here are a few tips that I’ve picked up that can hopefully help you out.

1) READ THE BOOK – If your professors ask you to buy a book that is basically breaking your bank account, wouldn’t you think that you should probably spend some quality time with it? Yes! In high school, it was very rare that I ever opened a textbook. Now, my books are my life lines. Spend time reading through the chapters that are on your test. I promise that it won’t be a waste of time. Another helpful thing to do is to use sticky notes while your reading to jot down some of the highlights on the page. Don’t wait until the last minute to read your book. Read a little bit every day up until time for your test. You won’t be sorry!

2) NOTECARDS – It feels like I have note cards spewing out of every part of my dorm room and book bag. I love making note cards to help me study. Whether it’s important terms or just an idea that you’d like to remember, note cards are the way to go! They are portable, so you can keep them in your pocket or purse and study when you have a little free time. Also, by taking time to write out your note cards, you’re secretly studying! Imagine that..

3) DO NOT WAIT –  It is not unusual to have only two or three grades for the whole semester. With this being said, you have to understand that college midterms and finals cover a lot of material. You cannot study two nights before your test and expect to be okay. Put time and effort into your study habits in order to get a grade that you can be proud of.

4) STUDY GROUPS – Study groups are one of my favorite things to utilize as a college student. If you know some people in your classes, get together and go to the library or a coffee shop and study collaboratively. It’s great to piggy back off of one another, quiz each other, and gain new ideas or perspectives on certain topics. Group studying can be extremely helpful!

As crunch time in the semester approaches us, I hope that you will incorporate some of these studying habits into your routines. Let me know what studying tools help you out!

Happy Studying!

-xoxo, Emily


3 Responses to “How to Study”

  1. Robert November 8, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    These are really excellent tips. Thanks for sharing them!


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