Top Five Studying Techniques for College

Everyone’s brain functions differently. When you’re in college you should be prepared for an increased workload, and a greater amount of tests. Midterms, finals, and quizzes will all require a decent amount of studying. The technique you choose is up to you, but here are some helpful studying techniques:

1. Cramming

Most professors and academic advisors will warn you that cramming for exams is not the best way to study. When you try to learn and memorize everything that is on the exam the night before or the morning of, all you will do is store that information in your short-term memory bank. The short-term memory bank also holds things like where you left your car keys, and how much money you spent on lunch, so it’s not an effective place to hold test information.

On the other hand, if you’ve always crammed for tests, and have always performed well then don’t change a good thing! Don’t mold your test taking strategies to fit anyone else, because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Just be sure you understand the material ahead of time. If you don’t understand the course material, visit your professor during office hours, or hire a tutor.

2. Note Cards

Note cards are helpful because when you read information and immediately write it down you will retain it easily. Note cards are also handy because they are transported easily and so you can take them to the library, a coffee shop, or wherever else you prefer to study. Note cards work best when short sentences of information are written on them, so you can quickly flip through them and quiz yourself.

3. Study Groups

Some students do well when they study with peers in the same classes. The act of discussing the material, and quizzing each other allows students to remember the information easily, while interacting in a group. If you do well in group situations and can still focus on your schoolwork while being social, try this method of studying out. More on the benefits of study groups...

4. Mock Tests

Connect with fellow students to scour your readings and notes to create a list of possible questions that will be on your quiz or test. This mock test will be great practice for the real thing, plus you will be able to review key facts in your lesson plans.

5. Create Summary Sheets

After each one of your lessons, create a "one-sheeter" of the most important points in the lesson plan. A few days before the test, leading all the way up to the test, review these sheets. Highlight facts of interest and even collaborate with pupils to study the abbreviated summary sheets.

Whatever method of studying you choose, it’s important to get plenty of sleep the night before your exam. When you wake up, be sure to eat a healthy breakfast and leave plenty of time to arrive at your class punctually. Formulate a studying game plan that works best for you and perform well on all your exams. Whether you are a Certificate/Diploma seeker, or pursuing an online Doctorate degree, these study tips are relevant to all degree levels.

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