Effective Study Tips
Sitting down to study is a tedious business. No one wants to study, or really likes to study
but in our order to pass the classes needed to get your computer science degree or your
degree in business administration you need to master the art of studying. Hopefully by
fostering the some effective study habits, studying for that test will stop feeling like
torture and more like a necessary inconvenience.
The Importance of Notes
First off, take good notes, preferably by hand. Studies have shown you are more likely to
remember something if you have written it
down—not typed it out. While you are writing
your notes, it is a good idea to write any
question or personal conclusions you gain in
the margins. These personal connections that
you make with the lecture will make it even
easier to remember otherwise obscure facts.
Better yet talk to the teacher or your fellow
classmates after class about your questions and
observations. These informal conversations help you remember the facts and themes of
the day’s lecture even more clearly.
Second, take five or ten minutes a day to review the previous day’s notes, and any other
notes you have taken during the semester. This habitual renewing of material is more
effective at retaining information than any midnight cram session.
When a test is looming around the corner, you should review your notes over a period of
a few days. Better yet, review your notes with classmates. That way you can help answer
one another’s questions and relieve anxiety over the coming test.
Read and annotate your required reading. It is tempting not write in your text books
because you wish to sell back to the books store for the highest price possible. But just
like taking notes on a lecture in class, you are more likely to remember what you read
when you highlight and annotate your textbooks with your thoughts and insights. If
marking up your textbooks really is not an option, you can always use sticky notes, write
on them and remove them at the end of the end of the semester.
Another effective study tip is to create note cards. After each class write a new terms or
ideas on a note card and define them. Throughout the course of the semester keep adding
to this pile of note cards. These cards should act as
a truncated form of your notes, and by reviewing
them every day you will be more likely to
remember slippery facts like dates or names.
Don’t wait until the last minute to start studying or
to complete your homework. You are more likely to
get better grades and be less stressed during tests if
you learn to study consistently every day for small
periods of time. By choosing to study this way you
will remember more information, and for longer—hopefully for the rest of your life. Also
how are you supposed to apply the knowledge you gained from your accounting or
business administration degree to your career if you cannot remember it. Learning to
study is more than learning how to pass and exam but a habit for life-long education.
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