#optomstudies here with a post about university studying! I’ve been reading many study tips masterposts in the community, but some of these won’t work that well for university. So here are 3 tips for adapting to uni study!
Loose leaf? Notebook? Neither! (but if you must choose between the two, I recommend hole-punched loose leaf - easy to file :D) There is just no time, especially once you get to your higher years, that you will be able to write paper notes especially considering the level of detail that you are required to learn things to get good marks.
When I was studying therapeutics, lectures were more like an essay crammed into 60-80 ppt slides! Using 10pt Calibri, 1.15 spacing, custom 1cm margins - I still had 12 pages for a 2 hour lecture (see below)
Two lectures / week, for 12 weeks! Although this was the most-content heavy subject, my other courses were still way too time consuming to write notes for. Sadly, you can’t summarise much, because MCQs pick at details.
As for laptops, cheap netbooks are only ~$300, but I’d recommend these really great student laptops.
And yet, you have to wonder why #studyblr doesn’t have more digital notes? Isn’t every studyblr the owner of a computer as a tumblr user? I’m trying to encourage everyone to feel more confident about posting their digital notes as part of the “#studyblrs get real” tag (see here), so if you have some great typed study notes, please tag me with #optomstudies and I’ll be happy to reblog you!
Read through your lecture slides so that you have a basic grasp of the topic before classes. If you have any readings assigned, do them too. This means that you’ll
- go in knowing what concepts you need clarified
- revise one more time (remember the forgetting curve?)
- be much better placed to answer questions and participate in class discussions (get those participation marks!! ;))
- find it easier to follow along with much more complicated topics than you’ve experienced in high school!
- remember a lot more of the topic when you come back to revise later on!
Yes, I know, studyblr blasphemy right? But this is what you do when strapped for time. Particularly with biological/chemical sciences, lecturers will have basically summarised what you need to know on the slides.
Before your lectures, read through the slides (should take about 30 minutes for a 2 hour lecture) and mark/circle anything you don’t understand - then when you get to the lecture, jot down a clarification in your own words based on the professor’s explanation. Eventually, you’ll find that you have studied the topic well enough to not need your own footnotes.
It takes a little experience to know which professors have slides you can study off (tip: it’s usually the ones where you don’t have to write down much) but it’s totally worth the time you save!
Hope this has been an informative post about the differences between university and high school studying! Please follow me for weekly study tips, study pics and now kpop vocab lists!
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- 0 , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 Saving Money 1 10 Saving Money 2 11 Adapting to Uni Study 16.02.17 new!!
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- Time Management and Organisation
- Overcoming the Planning Fallacy coming 19.02.17!
- Study Spaces Masterpost
- Great Laptop Options for Students new!!
- Printables: Weekly Planner with Extra Space for Sat/Sun
- Self-Care/Health/Other: Dealing with Bad Teachers , Bujo Maintenance , Can’t Concentrate?
- Subject Specific Tips: HSC English, Biology
- My langblr vocab lists new!!: 봄날 - BTS + more!