A Student’s Guide to Studying – The Sunflower

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Middle school and high school are not the same. Turns out college doesn’t even play the same game as high school.

In high school, most of the time, you could pass the tests just by paying attention in class and doing the homework. This is not the case in college. Here it is not so simple.

Your teachers aren’t going to hand you a piece of paper and tell you to do your best. They will assign you a test, tell you what to study, and prepare for yourself. It’s up to you to have everything you need.

This is where courses and notes come in handy. It’s not always ideal to take notes in class. Especially when your attention span is that of a squirrel. So post the notes online and copy them to a notebook after class.

Writing them outside of a noisy classroom can help you better understand what you are learning. Then, if the professor allows you to use your notes for a test, you will have them ready.

Pay attention during class. Group discussions and information that is not on the notes are equally important. Any other ideas that are thrown around can be something you need to know about and remember.

It is also important to test readiness outside of class. You cannot expect to learn and remember everything that happened in this classroom.

Add studying to your daily routine. If you can’t do it every day, install it wherever you can. At least once a week. Not right before a test.

If you only study the information before a test, you will be caught up in the most recent work. When you study consistently, you will be able to work on each set of assignments at once. This way, you don’t forget what you learned in previous courses.

Use your friends as study sources. Befriending people in your classes can benefit you when it’s time for the test. You will be able to study and learn from them, while also helping them.

Understanding what you learn is more important than just memorizing all the facts. When you come to a question that asks you to explain why, you may find that you cannot answer it. So don’t just memorize everything in your notes, learn more about it.

Don’t put everything in your brain at once. Work on one topic at a time and don’t spend eight hours studying one thing. Space out your time so you don’t have to do everything at once.

Sticky notes and highlighters will be your best friends. Use highlighters to annotate your notes. Mark what may be the most important, in order to study it several times. Take notes or add more information with sticky notes or note cards.

Flashcards are a great way to work on vital information. You can keep going through them until you memorize them.

If all else fails, teach it to someone else. My high school teachers always forced us to help each other before they helped us. Teaching the information to your classmates can help it stay in your mind better.

Your teachers will not give you a better grade than the one you got. It’s up to you to get the grade you want because you’ll always get the grade you deserve.

Waiting for exams to come so you can start studying will only make learning more difficult. Continually review your information so you remember it. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask your teachers and classmates. Do not wait before it’s too late.

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