Article by: Nicole Hurban
Edited by: Rachel Meyers
Photos courtesy of: Rachel Meyers
Being a college student can be very demanding. While going to school, working, and still maintaining somewhat of a social life, who really has time to study? You do! Having a good set of study skills in your back pocket can keep you on track and allow you to get your work done in a minimal amount of time. The five study skills that will be listed are skills that work best for me so, results may vary.
Gather and Organize:
First, gather all the materials you will need for your study session. Make sure everything is organized so you will not become frustrated because certain materials are missing. Having an agenda, that keeps a record of all of your assignments and exam dates, can be a great resource because you will never forget an assignment or exam. It is very easy to overlook things. When writing information in your agenda, about your classes, always write the date on the top of the page, if it is not already provided for you. Having a date on each page will give you a reference point as to when the exam or assignment was brought to your attention. Writing what is assigned and its due date next to the name of each class will also give you a reference to refer to, so you will never become confused as to what assignment goes with which class.
Quiet! Shh! :
Second, find a quiet place to study where there are minimal destractions and enough room to work efficiently. Finding a place where you can sit at a desk or table is always ideal. Sitting upright tends to keep you more alert and focused even if you become tired. Sitting on your bed, for example, automatically relates your brain to sleep, so you’re more likely to get tired and less focused on your studies. Also, make sure that you have plenty of lighting. The lighting has to be ideal so you do not strain your eyes. Straining of the eyes, while reading, can lead to headaches, and no one wants to read with a headache.
Follow a Plan:
Third, once you have chosen your study area, it’s time to hit the books! Start with referring to your agenda. Look at the dates of each assignment or exam and begin with the one that has the closest due date. Studying in chronological order, according to your agenda, will ensure that you have covered the material properly.
Take Notes! :
Fourth, always make sure note taking occurs. Taking notes while studying is a great way to make sure you’ve covered every aspect of the material that will be on the exam. Always read a section of the material, whether it is in a textbook or in another form, and then take notes on it. Students tend to read line by line and take notes at the same time. Reading a larger section of the material and then taking notes on it will allow you to have a better understanding of the section in less time. After you have completed your reading and note taking, review them and make sure everything is covered completely. Make sure that all of the details are stated and your notes make sense. When students don’t review their notes, important information will be overlooked.
Manage Your Time! :
Fifth, don’t spend too much time on each class. Spending too much time on a particular class will not allow you to stay on track or leave enough time to devote to other classes. Always keep a clock handy. Timing your study sessions is a great way to keep yourself on task.