Tips to do well in college
- learn very well study tips
- basically learning yourself, teacher doesn’t really teach but you have to work hard.
- studying is your teacher
Bad Study Strategy
- “osmosis learning”
- cramming (is the worst) do not stay up all night, get a good night sleep and get rest so you are ready for the next day.
- don’t multitask (music is acceptable if isn’t huge distraction)
Good Study Habits
- not fun but hey! You’re learning.
- GO TO LECTURES
- time management
- Reward (-:
Gummy bear method - read 1-3 paragraphs and reward yourself a gummy bear.
- if given slides, print them out before class and then write notes on them. Try not to bring computer because it is a major distraction.
- ask questions! Don’t be afraid.
Notes - active listening
- important points
Don’t be a zombie
- Ask questions!
- read text book before class (be ahead!)
- avoiding the “zone out” (break it down into your own sections)
- reading goals!
- rewrite what you just read in your own words/ important keys, so it helps you understand it.
- high light key points (NOT THE WHOLE TEXT BOOK THOUGH)
- using different color pens/ highlights. Makes it easier for you to break up the monotony of note taking and not making is so DULL. Have fun!
- time on task is the best predictor of learning
- Distributed practices is more effective than massed practice
- Re-read notes instead of waiting, be on top.
Incorporate studying into weekly schedule
- use planner/ sticky notes to outline due dates
- stick to an actual schedule
- know yourself.. If you’re not a morning person don’t schedule yourself at that time.
- for every hour you study take a 15 min break.
- look for an area where you feel completely comfortable.
- Clutter free
- minimal distraction
- ideally, area designated only for studying.
- NOT IN BED
- break into smaller tasks
- use break time to reward task completion.
5 levels of studying
1. Knowledge - being able to repeat back what the teacher and textbook told you
2. Understanding - actually understanding what the teacher and textbook meant.
3. Application - being able to apply the principles and procedures to new situations.
4. Synthesis - going in depth, analyzing and critical thinking what you are learning.
5. Evaluation - compare it to everyday usage. What’s it used for and how and can it grow?
Deep processing is more effective than surface processing
- understanding > memorization
- connect it to what you have learned before in the class
- figure out how it applies to your daily life.
Study for all exams as though they would be essay exams.
- Re-read the text
- create an outline of the chapter
- complete concept checks, practice exams in book
- Re-read lecture notes
- Re-write lecture notes(organize in a way that makes the most sense to you)
- create a table of contents for lecture
Remembering on your own.
Ex: Hippocampus does what in your brain? A good way to remember is if you think of it as there is a hippo on your campus and you will always remember that! You will remember that the hippocampus part of your brain means your memorization of remembering.
*Using white boards will help you with many math problems. Since seeing in different ways helps*
If all fails, google it. You have internet resource to find answers.
Spend at least 1 hour of studying per credit hour of the class (so 3 credits = 3 hours/wk.
And don’t forget, have fun! Meet new people and open up. You never know who you will meet or the awesome connections you can find. It’s your best years, take advantage of every second you get!
Join clubs that you love or want to find out what it’s all about. Always remember everything you are doing is to make you become a more independent/stronger person while making yourself happy. Live it up!