Study Tips and Strategies
Having well-developed study skills in college can help you retain more information, study more efficiently, and spend less time reviewing your material. To help you develop these skills, we’ve provided a few resources below on taking notes, reading textbooks, and preparing for exams.
General Study Strategies and Tips
This is a process in which you add more time between study sessions as you start to learn the material. It allows you to focus more time on unknown material and can help speed up the learning process.
The Feynman Technique
According to Richard Fenyman, you truly know something when you’re able to explain it easily and simply to others. To learn more about this technique and how to use it, watch the video below.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had photographic memories? Since most of us don’t, below is a link to some helpful memory strategies from Dartmouth College.
The Study Cycle
Studying can be a hard skill to learn. Check out this study cycle from the University of Texas at Austin for some help understanding the process!
Avoiding Study Traps
At some point everyone hits a studying road block. This article provides some helpful tips on how to overcome many of the road blocks you might hit.
Note-Taking Strategies and Tips
Cornell Method + Sketchnoting
Sketchnoting is a method of creating a visual story while listening to a speaker or reading a text. Combined with the Cornell method, it can be a very power note-taking skill. Check out this video below for a great demonstration.
5 Note-Taking Methods
This video discusses the five methods of note-taking determined to be most effective: outline, Cornell, mind map, flow and write on the slides methods. Each method is described and provides strategies and tips for its usage.
The Mapping Method
This method is great when a visual representation of your notes would be beneficial. It can be used on its own or with the outline or Cornell methods.
The Cornell Method
This method of taking notes can be extremely helpful in retention of information. It provides a great study guide and keeps your notes organized.
Textbook Guidance and Advice
Reading Your Textbook Quickly & Efficiently
College reading can be difficult, especially if you’ve never been taught how to read a textbook. Follow the link below to a blog that provides useful advice on reading textbooks.
Reading a Textbook for True Understanding
On this webpage, Cornell provides basic tips on textbook reading and a different strategy to reading for true understanding through the P2R strategy.
How to Create a Study Schedule for Your Final Exams
In this blog post, Thomas Frank gives viewers great advice on how to make a study schedule during finals. You can watch his video below.
Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams
This article from The State University of New York provides great advice on preparing for exams, including not only study strategies, but how to take care of yourself too!
How To Survive Exams
Need a little comedic relief during finals? This video is both funny and informative, providing real tips for finals yet making you smile at the same time.
How Should I Prepare for Tests and Final Exams?
Take a look at St. Lawrence University’s full circle approach to test preparation with “pre-game,” “game-day” and “post-game” advice. Quite a few helpful tips can be found here!
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