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What are some good study habits for college students?

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Hope:

Good study habits are essential in becoming a successful student. Developing these habits early is one of the keys to succeeding in college. Here are a few tips to help you get off the ground with your study habits.

Habit #1 - FIND YOUR STYLE OF LEARNING
• No two students are the same. What works for one student may not work for another. While one student might stay up at night to study, another may prefer to study during the daytime. Also some students are prolific crammers while others assimilate lessons just by listening in class.

Habit #2 - SET REALISTIC STUDY GOALS
• Setting study goals is another good study habit. It helps you develop a direction for your studying.

Habit #3 - ADD YOUR STUDY TIME TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
• Incorporating study time into your daily routine is a good study habit. Establishing daily Studying routines helps you to avoid last minute preparations which may affect your exam grades. Being pressed for time may cause you to resort to cramming.

Habit #4 - ESTABLISH YOUR STUDY ZONE
• What is the study zone? A place where you find it easy to concentrate. A space where you’re the most creative and attentive.

Habit #5 - REVIEW LESSON NOTES
• Attempt to review your notes within 24 hours; and/or before sleeping to retain the information.

Habit #6 - TAKE GOOD NOTES
• Taking notes while doing revisions is another good study habit. The essence of taking notes is to highlight significant points.

Habit #7 - TAKE BREAKS
• When planning your study hours incorporate breaks.

Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

7 Good Study Habits • https://www.timemanagement.com/good-study-habits/
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Kim’s Answer

Hope,

It is really important to not fall behind, especially in your more difficult classes. It is also important to know what time of day your body is most receptive to learning. You need to study during those times! My basic approach is as follows:

  1. At the beginning of the semester, when the professor is explaining everything, ask how they grade and what the tests cover. There are professors who never ask questions over the textbooks, and those who draw heavily from texts. You need to know this, so, when you have time limitations, you can focus on the right things!
  2. Read material prior to class. This helps you to get more out of the lecture.
  3. Do not depend on teacher handouts for your class notes. Pay attention during lectures, and take notes!
  4. As soon as practical after class, and prior to the next class, review your notes. Re-write them if necessary (my penmanship is bad!) Check to make sure your understanding of what was said in class agrees with the text readings. If there is anything you are not sure about, try to figure it out. You can also research the issue on the internet.
  5. Draw pictures, diagrams, charts, make up mnemonic devices, etc. - anything that is going to help you to remember the association between different concepts. Don't rely on the professor to do this for you!
  6. If you have things you still don't understand, visit the professor during office hours, e-mail her or him, or get with other students to discuss.
  7. Utilize on-line resources that are available with your textbook.

The above ideas are just for staying current with the material. The more effort you put into the class all semester long, the easier it will be to study for exams! I got a lot out of studying with other students. If it is possible, see if others want to get together to study. When you are studying, remember to take breaks, get some decent nourishment, and get the oxygen flowing to your brain (exercise).


Hope this helps!

Kim

Thank you comment icon Hi Kim: Your advice is very insightful, and I strongly agree with item #3 - do not depend on teacher handouts for your class notes. Pay attention and take notes. Thanks for sharing. Sheila Jordan
Thank you comment icon Thanks Sheila! My college days were eons ago, when we HAD to take notes! I went back a few years ago at the age of 50, and was floored by the fact that lecture notes were uploaded on-line by the professors! I think that is potentially more harmful than helpful. Kim Igleheart
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Julia’s Answer

I think it would help to look at exam reviews and do some problems from them every day (or every other day).

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