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What are some good study tips for when I get to college?

My high school is quite small and I feel like I haven’t had extremely challenging tests where I needed to study a lot. I know there will be very difficult exams in college so I’m looking for the best ways to study to pass them with flying colors. #study #exams

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Enshi’s Answer

Hi Makaylan, I understand that you are nervous about the academic life in college. I went to a small high school, too. It has about 300 students. What I want to say is that the size of your high school should not be a drag on your confidence. I also noticed that your are from Kansas because I finished my undergraduate years at University of Kansas. I studied both Accounting and Mathematics. At beginning, I was accepted as computer science student. I spent 5 years there and took various classes at KU.

There are difficult tests in college, but the most important thing is to keep prepared. Most professors will give clear instructions on test dates and materials that will be covered. How to get prepared? The confidence comes from daily studies. During a normal lecture class, ask questions immediately when you are not certain about the concept. Most of your classmates will remain silent not because they are smarter than you, because they are not willing to speak out. They are also waiting for someone to ask the same question!

Another important tip is to not skip class. Yes, it is not very easy to follow. There are many external reasons to stop you from going to all class sessions. But laziness could be your biggest enemy. Some lecture classes are boring and you will feel like you can not learn anything valuable from this professor. Sometimes it is true. However, it is very easy to let it become a habit that will influence your behavior and manner toward other classes. In general, it is essential to go to every class session.

Finally, let's talk about exams such as midterms and finals. Do not wait until the last minute to do the review! You should start reviewing the materials at least a week earlier. Most of the concepts should come from your notes and homework assignments. Some classes have discussion sections, which are much smaller than lecture sessions. They are perfect opportunities for you to ask questions. If your have further questions, let me know.

Enshi recommends the following next steps:

Try your best to go to every class session.
Prepare individual notebook for each class.
Review your knowledge regularly.
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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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