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Tips on How to Study

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Studying is essential to getting great grades in college and retaining what you have learned. What really matters is, however, is how you study. There are methods of studying that are more effective than other methods. In this article, we’ll go over tips on how to study.

The first thing you should do is come up with a study plan for the semester. You can do this in the following steps:

  1. Draw up a schedule of all your current activities. Find times within that schedule where you can fit in studying time. Then, block those times out in your schedule. You can decide here what subjects to study on what days. For example, Wednesdays can be when you study history while Thursdays are for studying science.

  2. Decide what your study goals are going to be for the semester. For instance, you may want to increase your grade point average. Another common goal is to get great grades on exams. When there is an exam coming up, you may have to alter your study plan to focus more on studying for that exam. Even when there are no exams to prepare for, you still need to spend your study times reading ahead in the textbook, and going over what your professor is going to lecture about next. This will help reduce the time it will take to prepare for a test.

  3. Stick to the schedule that you’ve set out. Study plans are most effective when they are followed on a consistent basis. The only times your study plan should change is when you have exams coming up and need to spend more time going over old notes.

A method of studying that is very useful is testing yourself. You should do this on a regular basis during your study times. For example, you can make index cards to test yourself out on definitions. You can also type up a quiz with questions on a reading you’ve just did.

Another method of studying is to join a study group. This can be helpful especially when you are having a hard time with a certain concept that you’ve been taught in class. One of your study partners may be able to help you see it in a different way and understand it. Also, if one of your study partners does not understand something, but you do, you can teach them. Not only will this help your study partner, but it will help you retain the information.

Another way to study and retain material from class is to find connections within the material. It helps to link concepts together and see how they fit the bigger picture. You can do this in the following ways:

  1. Create analogies to increase your understanding of concepts.

  2. Search for patterns in the information that you are studying.

  3. Learn as much as you can by reading a lot so you can be more flexible. This helps you have a general understanding of many topics. This flexibility makes it easier for you to create analogies and find patterns while still learning the material better.

Another tip for studying is to focus on your study environment. That means finding someplace that is quiet and has few distractions. One thing you can do is find computer programs that can block social media for a certain amount of time. That way, even if you are tempted to check Facebook during your study time, you’ll be blocked from the website.

There are also some very other effective study tips:

  1. Write out everything

Writing out your notes containing information that you need to memorize helps you retain the information in your brain. For this to be effective, you need to use a pen and paper. There is an article on PBS.org that backs this up. In that article, it states the following: “According to a new study, Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer of Princeton University and UCLA Los Angeles respectively, students who write out their notes by hand actually learn more than those to type their notes on laptops.” (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/taking-notes-by-hand-could-improve-memory-wt/). Mueller and Oppenheimer suggest that this method of using pen and paper to take notes in class “requires different types of cognitive processing” ((http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/taking-notes-by-hand-could-improve-memory-wt/). You can also apply that to writing out your notes again during your study times.

  1. Read the information out loud.

When you are doing your readings during your study time, you should read aloud to yourself. This also helps you retain the information. According to Psychology Today, “A paper by Colin MacLeod, Nigel Gopie, Kathleen Hourihan, Karen Neary, and Jason Ozubko in the May, 2010 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,Memory, and Cognition, suggests that it is not a bad idea to speak aloud while studying.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201005/say-it-loud-i-m-creating-distinctive-memory). The researchers, who gave a list of words to participants in a study, found that “words spoken aloud were remembered much better than those that were read silently.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201005/say-it-loud-i-m-creating-distinctive-memory).

When you are studying your notes, you want to identify the important information (i.e. the information that will be on the exam you are studying for); and speak that information aloud to yourself. Don’t just read everything aloud.

Another option you have is to use the tutoring services at Prescott Papers. For a fee, you can submit copies of your notes and other material when you place an order. Then, we can create study guides for you to use. This can be effective because we use people who are experts in many subjects. Many of them are former professors and graduate students. The use of these services is completely confidential. Plus, when you get the custom study guides from us, you can study using any of the above methods that have been discussed in this article.

Ultimately, there are many methods of studying. What works for one person may not work for another person. But, when you find what works for you, stick with it, and you’ll have a successful academic experience.

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