College Study Skills

College can be a complete turnaround in terms of studying for many students. The level of concentration you will have to commit is enormous compared to the expectations of high school.

The material is harder, the work load is larger, and the tests are much more difficult. What can you do to study more efficiently? Here on some college student skills I’ve picked up thus far.

1. Good Notes & Attendance

Studying does not begin with picking up your text books the night before the exam and trying to memorize a plethora of information. It actually begins by attending lectures, sections, and smaller classes. The information that you’re trying to cram into one arduous night of studying can be easily obtained by attending your classes. The professor will take the full length of the class going over the material they feel is important and a lot of it (hint, hint) will most likely be on the exam.

Take notes while your professor is going through the slides and giving his or her lecture is one of the most important college study skills. Even take notes on the questions fellow students may have, because they may raise the same concerns on the material that you have. Good notes are an effective way to remember information because they are notes personalized by you, made for you. Then when it comes to studying lecture notes, you’ll know exactly where to look and how to look at the information covered.

2. Manage Time & Use Good Study Methods

Making time to study all the material, read the textbook, and class notes in another on of those great college study skills. You don’t want to be cramming all the information for a midterm or a final in one or even a couple of nights. No matter how great you think you can fit all that information in your head, you’ll surely miss vital information somewhere along the way. So it is imperative you make adequate time for your test preparations.

Use good study methods such as outlines for essays or chapter reviews. Highlighting information in your textbook or in your notes will help cut down time looking through useless information that you know will most likely not be on the test. Even the old school flash cards can be useful to study words, places, people, and foreign language vocabulary.

3. Where To Study?

You can initially start studying in your dorm or at home if you stay at home. These places can be good locations for being alone and concentrating on your work. Just remember to not get distracted by the TV, computers, or other people.

But since this will more than likely occur as distractions, moving yourself to another locale might be beneficial. One place that offers not only quietness but also information is your university library. The library is a center for information and concentration. Students from all over the college flock to get homework and studying done in a quiet atmosphere. There are librarians that will help you look for information or computer labs that can also help find information that pertains to your studies.

At the library you can either work alone or work with others. This might benefit you especially if you believe working with others will answer questions that you may not know. You wouldn’t imagine how many people may have the same questions as you, and equally astonishing is how many people will have the answers to them.

I hope these college study skills helped and you will continue your academic efforts!

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Matthew Marquez

Matthew Marquez

Matthew Marquez is a sophomore at Hunter College pursuing a career in film with a concentration in directing, producing, and screenplay writing. He works part-time for a company called PriAmerica. Outside of school, he loves to play soccer, watch movies, attend film festivals, make short films, write, and also hangout with family and friends
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