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10 Great Study Tips for College Students

March 28, 2013

By Nayarit McLaren, Chief Community Officer

You might study in such a manner: completely dedicate yourself, memorize endlessly, lock yourself in a quiet room and don’t leave until you know the material.  Yet these habits are not quite compatible with today’s higher education patterns. In fact, many of these habits are scientifically unsound, but strategies that seem counter-intuitive actually do work. Below are some of the methods found to be tried and true.


1. Form Study and Homework Groups

Never underestimate the power of your peers, especially when working through a difficult problem set or reading assignment. Dividing and conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload — and to make sure you understand the material. You might even make good friends in the process.

 2. Make Flash Cards

Sometimes the best habits are the ones we’ve used forever. Flash cards are oldies but goodies –- writing notes and definitions more than once will help imprint information in your memory, and the cards are a great way to develop and use mnemonic devices and associative phrases.

3. Alternate Study Spaces

Although some people swear by the library, cognitive scientists suggest that alternating study spaces is a more effective way to retain information.

4. Sleep!

A tired mind is a slow mind. Get enough sleep and watch your GPA rise.

5. Don’t Categorize Yourself

Students often categorize themselves as visual or auditory learners, or as being left-brained or right-brained thinkers. It is more important to figure out which study strategies work for you than to worry about where you lie on the learning spectrum.

6. Take Tests

As much as we may hate tests, they are quite useful. Consistent testing can help us relearn and recall information, and it pays off when preparing for final exams.

 7. Go To Class

This one might seem obvious, but large lectures and early start-times often make class feel, shall we say, optional. The best way to prepare for tests is to attend classes and participate. You’ll have already begun the process of reviewing and will know what to expect on the exam sheet.

8. Don’t Immerse Yourself in Subject Material

Rather than sticking to one subject and spending hours attempting to master it, you should switch between a few (related) topics. It’s less boring — and you’ll learn more.

 9. Manage Your Time

The only thing worse than having a deadline is missing a deadline. Stay organized, cut down on procrastination, and your work load will feel much more manageable.

10. Be Optimistic

 Count your blessings and be optimistic. This certainly helps as a great mood elevator, which acts as catalyst for quality study.

Try these easy tips to be a constant winner!!