What exactly should you be doing during your study time?
Read, Recall, Reflect and Review!
- Establish a regular study routine and attend classes.
- Know your instructor.
- Be realistic.
- Study short and often and set a specific goal for each subject you study.
- Start assignments as soon as they are given.
- Study your most difficult subjects first.
- Review your notes regularly and recite outloud what you have learned.
- Block distracting apps from your devices.
- Compliment your notes with Google searches.
- Having portable study space allows you to move with your material in hand. Take advantage of Cloud applications (Dropbox, OneDrive and Google).
- Don’t stay up all night before an exam. Your brain needs time to process and relax before an exam. Take a bath, relax, and reward yourself. Get up early and review your notes before the exam.
- Study groups work well if you attend them and collaborate on the subject matter.
- When you complete one of the goals you set for yourself, give yourself a reward. The reward system gives you an incentive to reach your goals, and a pat on the back for achieving them.
- Mapping tool helps connect information together.
- Design a study schedule for studying difficult topics during the semester.
|1st review||Same day (reduce to key words)|
|2nd review||Later the same week|
|3rd review||1 week later|
|4th review||2-3 weeks later|
You’ll retain up to 80% of the course material in your long-term memory.
-Sandra L. Leggett