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How to be an effective studier?

I've struggled with taking good notes and how to study and retain information so if you could help me out, that would be great. #career #student #school

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Aditi’s Answer

Diana,

Great question! Finding a study strategy that works often takes a lot of time and trial and error. I think the best way is to try a bunch of different studying strategies and see what helps you retain information best. Personally, rewriting notes helps me a lot. It forces me to reread everything and pick out certain parts that are important. Another strategy I use a lot is flashcards/quizlet. This is extremely helpful for me and it always works. Hope this helps!
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Ken’s Answer

One of the things that I have discovered about people that are having a problem with studying and learning is that many times this is a sign that they are pursuing the wrong career area.


It is very important to get to know yourself better to understand how your personality traits relate to jobs and select one where there is a good match and then talk to people face to face and in person involved in that area to determine if indeed it is a suitable match.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .


Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
If you still need assistance with studying, talk to your academic adviser, your professors/teachers, and the counseling department, as they would be very happy to help you individually and in classes that many times help people develop better study habits. Also, many times there are study groups related to specific courses that have proven to very helpful to a wide range of students.
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Jad’s Answer

There’s really quite a lot of ways to find better ways of studying:

-Check your class website to see if your professor includes any additional study references, examples, or other materials.

-Look up YouTube videos to explain some topics that you need a refresher on.

-Create study groups and connect with classmates afterwards.

-Keep study areas distraction free and make sure you are not cramming all nighters, study a bit throughout the entire week
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