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What's the best way to study for upcoming college exams?

To study for exams what are helpful tips or strategies? Flashcards, Kahoot, Quizlet? I simply do not know what college students find the most useful to help them.

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Anthony’s Answer

Study all the necessary curriculum very intensely.
Take as many practice tests as possible.
Buy a great college exam prep book and study!
Take the practice tests, over and over.
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Joanne’s Answer

Hi Paige- everyone is different when it comes to learning style. Biggest tip- don't wait until the night before to study for exams. Also, make an appointment to meet with the professor or TA to go over any topics or problems that you are struggling with and make sure to take advantage of any study sessions that might be available. Keep healthy and sleep and eat well. Take frequent breaks and if you have been keeping up with assignments and reading the assigned material, you should be fine.
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Collin’s Answer

Studying for any exam is an individual responsibility. I can offer suggestions on how I studied for exams but they may not fit your personal study habits. Also, not every study method works for every school subject and test. You will have to find out what works best for you. I found that flash cards worked for some of my history classes, but didn't work well for mathematics. Whatever you do, my recommendation is to find out how you learn the best. Do you like to listen to music while you go through flash cards, do you like to read the textbooks, or memorize the teacher's lecture, or do you prefer to study outside or in your room. Whatever you do, try to mirror that process while you study for exams.
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Barbara’s Answer

Different things work for different people. What worked well for me was re-writing my study notes, in longhand. It helped me to remember details better. Also, I liked my study area to be quiet. No music or loud noises or interruptions. I set a timer for 90 minutes of study, with one 15-minute break, halfway. Hope this helps! Be sure to take good notes when you are in a lecture. It is hard to not be distracted but do ask questions and having a good study buddy or two can be beneficial, as well. Be consistent and disciplined.
Good luck!
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Larry’s Answer

Paige,
Research in chemical education reveals that most students do better with short focused study groups working to explain answers out loudIn . These could be formal as part of a course, like www.pogil.org (Group Inquiry Learning) or supplemental like PLTL (Peer Led Team Learning). see if your school offers this or form your own group using some of these ideas. No substitute for time on task, but do it in short bursts of 10-12 minutes.

Larry recommends the following next steps:

Best study book I have ever seen: "How to become a Straight-A Student" by Cal Newport, Three Rivers Press...."The undconventional strategies real college students use to score high..."
In the book, my favorite chapters are "Declare war on procrastination" and "Invest in academic diaster insurance"
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