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what are some good ways to study

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi! The best way to study definitely depends on the person and the topic of study. For me, repetition is always helpful. When studying a powerpoint, it usually took me three times of reading it through before I felt comfortable with the information. When studying straight facts or vocabulary, I often found flashcards helpful. I found it best to memorize large quantities by dividing them into smaller, more manageable piles and then once those were memorized I'd add them to another small pile until I was able to recite the entire pile. For example, if I had 25 cards to memorize, I would first memorize 5 cards. Once those 5 cards were memorized, I'd add 5 more. Before increasing the pile to 15 cards, I'd check to make sure those ten were still memorized and not lost to short term memory. This system takes a while, but the repetition helps the information stick. If you don't want to use physical flash cards, Quizlet is an awesome webpage that many of my classmates used. Once you have a general idea of the information, I find it helpful to quiz my friends/classmates on the information. By creating quiz questions, you are reviewing the information (more repetition), but also helping yourself to figure out information that might be on the test. Since everyone learns differently, having friends quiz you allows you to check for areas that you might need more help in.

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Corinne’s Answer

You can tell from the answers so far that there are many ways to study. Your success depends on trying different things and determining what works best for you. For instance, I discovered that when I take notes (either hand-written or digital docs), I can absorb and learn much quicker. On the other hand, there are people that learn best from just listening to a lecture or speech or simply by the use of cards. Some people study best early in the morning but others might do better by studying at night. Try the different suggestion that were provided and see what works best for you!

I had a difficult time with a chemistry class in college. I have never liked science and wasn't able to grasp the concepts. I recorded all of the lectures and played them while I slept at night and was surprised and amazed that I got an A in the course. Believe me, it was a shock. My point in telling that story is that you never know (until you try) what works for you.

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Geoff’s Answer

There are many different ways to study and each person learns differently. Note cards always worked best for me. There are many websites out that have premade note cards that make it quicker to study than making your own. Always put away any distractions (TV, phone, etc.) Best of luck to you!

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Megan’s Answer

Studying best practices will vary for each individual, but here are some tips that helped me be successful throughout my education.

I always take hand written notes, as you retain information better that way, as opposed to typing or watching a video. Even if your professor provides a study guide, I would recommend writing down the answers!

The environment you're in is a huge factor as well. I would recommend being somewhere that is as quiet as possible, with your phone on silent and tucked away. Music can even be considered a distraction, but some people operate better with white noise. Additionally, I would recommend allowing yourself a break after an allotted period of study time.

Forget pulling all-nighters! Your brain stops retaining information once you've reached a certain point of exhaustion, so it is best advised to go to bed when you are tired and get a good night's rest and continue studying in the morning, or sometime the following day.

Lastly, I always found it helpful to create analogies between the material I am studying, and real life examples. That way when I would see the term or concept on the exam, I remember the analogy I came up with to remember the correct answers!

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Mat’s Answer

Some suggestions to make studying more effective, apologize if you are already doing these things.

1) Go to class, remove distractions, and take notes. It is hard to study what you don't understand, so ask questions and go after class to talk to teacher or organize a study group to get help from your peers. If you are doing this all along you will not fall behind, and you will have to study less when a test is coming.

2) Keep up with assignments and don't wait until the last minute.

3) Remove distractions when studying. Lock up your phone and anything else that might distract you. go to the library if this will help get you away from distractions.

3) Start studying the week before the test if possible. Study a little bit each night. The day before the test then will just be you doing an overall overview of things you studied.

4) Try not to cram study / stay up all night studying. This has diminishing returns. At a certain point you should cut yourself off and say this is as good as it is going to get.

5) Get a good nights sleep before the test if possible. Try not to study up until the moment before the test as this can sometimes confuse you. If you feel like you have to study right before the test study things you were having trouble remembering only, keep it simple.

6) No matter how much you study if you do not understand the concepts or what you learned you are going to have a hard time succeeding and will be really stressed out. If you are keeping up with the work all along then studying should not be stressful, but rather a review of everything you already know.


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Denise’s Answer

Hi Chanyah! I think that really depends on the person. Some people study well with friends and some study well alone. I personally think a good mix is healthy. Throughout college, I managed to see what was most effective for me. Right before exams, I would study at the library and rotate between different quiet areas, so my brain wouldn't get too tired and sees some new surroundings. I also take short breaks, whether it is texting back friends, getting coffee, munching on snacks, or taking a bathroom break. I would prefer studying alone in those times since I concentrate better that way unless I am really confused and need my friends' help. However, normally, I love finding coffee shops and studying there with friends! Best of luck!
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Simeon’s Answer

Many people find study groups to be helpful. You can find people in group settings that can cover your weaknesses as a student and there are usually ways to return the favor and help out somehow, even if it's just making note cards for everyone. Besides that, I'd say to make studying more of a habit than a last-minute cramming thing. Studying can just be done in short 15 minute bursts; they don't have to be hours long. I'd experiment with a few different approaches and try seeing which ones are more successful.
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Simeon’s Answer

Try to break things up into sizable chunks. Study well ahead of time, setting aside at least ten or fifteen minutes a week for important tests. Try not to cram for tests, but if you do, try to take a five minute break at least once an hour. Even just studying five minutes a day can really do the trick if you do it consistently. Make study friends that will help you stay on track, clarify confusing points, and can quiz you. Try out the Quizlet app for some amazing free resources; they often already have flashcards for the course you're studying for, easy to use on your phone. Lastly, see about getting a study-work job in the library or the dorm. You can often get permission to study during work if everything is quite during your shift.
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Dawn’s Answer

Here are a few ways that have worked for me:

- Break the task down into manageable chunks A big task, such as writing a dissertation, or revising for an extended period, can be demotivating because it seems so big. Breaking the task down into manageable chunks can therefore help make it seem less daunting.
- Keep your end goal in mind but also use interim goals on the way. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to remember why you are studying in the first place.
- Get into a study routine. It is generally easier to stay motivated if your studying becomes part of your everyday life and routine.
- Don’t let your studying take over your life. When you start a long course of study, whether a degree course or a period of study for professional exams, it can feel like it is all-important. This is especially true when exams loom. However, it is important not to allow your studying to take over your life.

I hope that you find value in these.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Chanyah:

I'm still one of those individuals that takes "hand-written" notes. Each person is different but I retain the information better when I write it down on note cards, pad, etc. I try to limit distractions by finding a quite spot and turning off devices such as radio, phone, TV, etc. That seems to work well for me. Good luck studying!

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Vincent’s Answer

I believe that studying has changed in the past few years. If you search the right things on YouTube and Google (not Fortnite), you'll be able to find fantastic tutorials on how to find better study habits. Watch a few videos and explore what methods are the same across the board and start there.

When I was studying, memorizing never worked for me. It was more important for me to grind fundamentals and practice a lot. It takes 10,000 hours to gain mastery, so get to it! :)

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