Effective Study Habits for College Students

We have all heard the saying study long and study wrong. While there may be some truth to the saying truly an absence of studying is an absolute wrong choice. Studying not only prepares a student to excel in a class but reinforces the lessons already taught. Studying reawakens the lectures and reading materials. Studying is merely reviewing and committing to memory new information. Now that we have established the purpose and importance of studying one question still remains. How can I effectively study.

Patterns of study just like learning are different for all individuals. No two individuals should adopt the same pattern of study. Essentially, all or most material must be read before one can study. One can not commit to memory or refresh material that is yet to be introduced. Once the material has been introduced or read the individual must determine how he or she learns best. Does the individual learn by repetition or is he or she purely a visual learner? Is an individual an auditory learner or does he or she learn by practical experience? Once this is established study habits can be effectively put into action.

Auditory learners

1. tape lectures
2. replay lectures post class
3. repeat the information aloud so that the steps make sense.
4. Have others call out information
5. Set the information to music or lyrics

Visual learners

1. During lectures and class associate symbols with material and notes taken
2. Diagram, Make charts, highlight important information to be remembered, color code note cards.
3. Have others act out processes, make up skits

Practical learners

1. Attend labs
2. Ask the teacher for extemporaneous interactive material that may accompany the book
(there maybe practical applications wherein the person may put into action what they have learned.
3. Engage in role play

Regardless of the technique used an individual should always spend a minimum of 1 hour a day per subject reviewing material newly introduced. Cramming is not recommended. While cramming may allow the person to store information in a short term memory bank the likelihood that he or she retains the information for future retrieval is slim. The individual must find a comfortable place to study. Studying is all about environment. Limiting the number of distractions are a must. We give our attention to what stimulates our senses the most at the time disallowing us to form appropriate information links. However, a persons ideal environment is unique to the individual. Self-discovery is a must. Always have materials in hand such as a bottle of water, pens and pencils, paper. Take 15 to 20 minute breaks between subjects. Refresh, stretch, and relax the mind before delving into another subject. Remember consistency and moderation are key.