Transitioning from a high school student to a college student can be a significant change. Even if you have been out of school for years, you’ll have adjustments to make. One of the biggest things you might notice is that your study habits could use a refresh. Here are some top tips from our tutors on campus for studying:
Discover Your Learning Style.
Your learning style is so important. Depending on your learning style, you may be able to listen to your readings instead of physically reading them. Listening may improve comprehension. Maybe you need extra time in the lab outside of class or in the field to gets more hands-on experience. Take this test to find your learning style and how you can apply it to your study habits: Free Learning Style Quiz: How Do You Learn?
Use a Schedule or Day Planner.
At the beginning of each semester, sit down with your syllabi and schedule and take time to write down when each assignment is due. If necessary, outline long-term projects every week.
Flashcards might not be flashy, but they can work wonders! You can even split your flashcards into piles as you review them based on your confidence in knowing the correct answer. Also, don’t be afraid to flip them and try them in reverse to ensure you fully understand the concepts. After all, practice makes perfect.
Highlight Important Text.
When reading a textbook or reviewing your notes, try out highlighting so you can check critical points. Wait until you’ve read an entire section (such as a paragraph) before highlighting so you can actively think about what stood out to you; however, limit how much you highlight as well – try to keep it to one sentence per paragraph. You can also color-code or add notes in the margins for additional points.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t hesitate to ask instructors questions if you have any. We cannot help you if we don’t know you need help, and chances are, someone else has the same question as you!
Don’t push off assignments till the day they are due! Set small and significant goals and reward yourself! Eat a gummy bear every time you read a page of your textbook or buy movie tickets for the date after a large project is due.
Take Study Breaks.
Don’t work for more than an hour at a time. During your breaks, take time to move your muscles, take a walk, tidy or clean up your study space, or catch up with friends. Breaks are essential!!
So there you have it! Seven great tips to improve your studying skills. We also offer free tutoring for our students if you would like a little extra boost in a subject. You can check out our tutoring page at Tutoring Services Home | Tutoring Services | My ZSC (zanestate.edu).
Thank you to Robin Carrol, Zane State College’s TRIO administrative assistant, for these tips!