“Teach Me How To Study”

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Edisons

After thinking for quite sometime about what I could possibly do to design my own homework assignment, I came to the conclusion that I should take this time to learn and hopefully implement better study habits. I have constantly found myself struggling to find good and effective ways to study for tests with large amounts of material.

I started out with this video:

So maybe there is something to this “studying” thing…

I decided to do some research regarding good college study habits and how to implement them. At http://www.wikihow.com/Develop-Good-Study-Habits-for-College, I found various ways to help improve my study habits. Here are a few of the things I could do as stated by the wikiHow website :


  • 1

    Review the lesson plan prior to class. Skim through the textbooks. Try to buy your textbooks a few weeks before the semester begins for a glimpse of your classes.

  • 2

    Take quick notes in class.

  • 3

    If you read the material before class you will have an idea of what doesn’t make sense, and concentrate of your professor’s explanation. Why are you buying the textbook for it to collect dust? They have textbooks and lab manuals for a purpose. You will be graded mostly on the book because this is mainly the bulk of the class. Professors are usually here to interpret and clarify the text, and sometimes give their opinion; you are to learn most of the material yourself.

  • 4

    Don’t make notes on what’s already in the book, it wastes your time and attention. Highlight the parts emphasized, and listen to the way your professor relates it to what you’ve already learned. Remember that the professor may be biased so if you tend to not agree with the professor, just stick to the facts.

  • 5

    If it’s repeated more than twice it’s going to be on the test.

  • 6

    Study for at least a total of an hour everyday before the next class. For each lecture hour you should expect at least 1-3 hours needed for study- more if it’s a challenging class. Studying could involve reading the book, checking out your notes, assignments, using the DVD with the book, browsing the web for information on your class, etc. Many colleges have online learning tools and assignment portals that help you learn your stuff.

  • 7

    Don’t let social activities take priority before studying. If you have to be social, it is great to have a study group. More shy college students benefit with this.

  • 8

    Plan your breaks in the short and long term. If you must make the Saturday night party, know you’ll have to spend the afternoon at the library. If you’re spending the day hitting the books, plan an hour off at suppertime, and a treat for dessert.

  • 9

    Study groups help some remember material, and clarify difficult points and is a great way to have a social life in college at the same time as studying.

  • 10

    If your friends are in different courses plan on getting together for stress busting periods, especially during exam week. Midnight power walks make great memories.

  • 11

    If you are not the person to concentrate, try to lighten your load of classes. 12 credits is a good amount of credits to schedule for each semester. That will ensure up to 12-24 hours of studying, assuming that each class has at least 1 hour of studying per credit.

  • 12

    Always memorize bolded vocabulary words in the textbook. These might not be covered by the professor because he’ll assume that you’re already reading the text. So beware, even things not lectured on may appear on the test.

  • 13

    Pretend each test you take in college is going to be a make it or break it test for your job. This is not high school, where you can just get on the honor roll. The grades you get may affect the amount of money you get in your paycheck, or the chances of even getting a job in this economy

I decided to implement some of these tactics today as I studied to my Calculus II test that is 5 days from now. I found a few people in my class and created a group to study with. We went over all of the material that will be on the test and decided what we need to focus the most on. After reviewing this material, we concluded that there were certain things we should ask our professor and TA prior to the exam. I believe that doing this helped me gain a better understanding of the material and what I do and do not understand. Now I will have an opportunity to further review the material and ask others for help with the material I do not understand. This will help me do better on an exam for which I normally would have tried to cram for at the last minute.

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