9 Effective Ways to Study for College
As a freshman in college, being in a new environment, with new people, new teaching methods, and with all the new lessons, it’s not always easy to adjust. The curriculum might a bit harder than what you are used to in high school. The workload might be a lot more than you have ever thought. The pressure is just all around you. Well, that is what college is all about.
You may be in search on the know-hows to survive your first year in college and make it to the rest of the upcoming years. Have you heard of the saying, “Work Smarter, Not Harder?”
Then here is a list of the ways to study effectively to not just merely survive college, but to really learn and get the most of it.
1.Do Not Stick to One Study Area
What I mean is that you can alternate your study spaces. Although, for some students, it is effective for them to just stay in the library the entire day for the entire school year. But there are scientists who are suggesting that when you alternate your study spaces, there is a high chance that retaining information will not be much of a problem. Thus, making it more effective, than being in the library every day.
You can start with studying in your room, in the library the next day, then in the park, at a coffeeshop, and then back to your room. To make your life a little easier, it is better that you plot down your study schedule, the time and place. this way, you do not waste any more time thinking where to go because you already got that covered.
2.Reading & Understanding Your Material Effectively
The most common way of studying is to just open the book on the first page, then reach the end of the chapter. Usually, the information you get to retain with this method is not always what you hoped it would be. Although, it can be successful at times.
But there is another way. Try reading first the summary of the full text, or of the current chapter you are working on. Then go back to the first page, and start reading the whole chapter. This way, you will have a better understanding of what you are reading, making it more easily retained in your memory.
3.Participate in Class
If you don’t really like being noticed in your classroom, the raising your hand and standing up in front of class is definitely a no-no. If you have a question, it does not hurt to just ask your seatmate if you don’t want to talk with your professor. Being engaged can help you retain the discussions during your class.
4.Take Down Notes
Taking down notes while in class can actually save you time & energy from taking down note during your study hours. Write down the major points of the discussion and re read them during your study time. If you also have questions about the lesson, write down that question and get to it later.
5.Read the Lesson in Advance
In your study schedule, dedicate maybe just an hour, depending on your availability, to read in advance for your next class. Even if you did not really focus on reading it that much, when your professor mentions something that you already read, it will be easier for you to remember it. you will might say in your head, “I know this, I read this earlier.” Then this will make you want to really listen during the discussion.
6.Manage Your Time
What’s worse in having lots of deadlines is to actually miss one of them! You need to plan and break down the workload and prioritize. Be realistic with your time table and make sure to stick to your schedule!
7.Study in Groups
Friends are not just for partying and playing games, but you can also help each other with your homework and studies. When you discuss each other’s opinions about what you learned, have a mini-debate, and you will be able to easily retain your discussions even more.
8.Take Care of Your Health
There may be countless of sleepless nights that will come your way, but remember to take a break once in a while. Also, eat well because the food you eat can also have an impact on your ability to learn. Sleep and eating enough fruits and vegetables every day as well as drinking plenty of water. When you are well-rested and healthy, you won’t be having a hard time staying alert and awake during your study hours and in classes.
9.It is Always Okay to Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people when you feel a bit overwhelmed or if you are having a hard time with your studies. You can always ask for advice to cope with your current situation from the guidance counselor, your friends and family. If it’s your lessons you are worried about, don’t be ashamed of going to your professors and ask. Or maybe even have a tutor or ask a fellow classmate for help.