It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog! I finished up with my second semester of graduate school last week, so now that my life is *a little* calmer, I thought I’d share some study tips that led me to success and share them with those of you that need them!
Have you been reading the same page or slide over and over and the material just isn’t clicking and sticking? SAME. It’s so frustrating! But, have no fear: here are some study tips that AREN’T reading the page over and over again.
- Write it out:
- This entails taking a look at your notes or slideshow presentation and writing down only the MOST IMPORTANT points or the items with which you struggle with the most.
- “Bridget, what if ALL OF IT is important?” Nope nope nope. I don’t believe you. #sorrynotsorry. If you take decent notes and/or have a decent teacher/professor, they probably emphasized certain points or slides as important. Maybe they said outright: “This is important put a BIG star by it HIGHLIGHT it CIRCLE it MEMORIZE MEMORIZE MEMORIZE.” It happens, and that’s always nice and a hint: so make sure to TAKE IT! Other ways professors indicate something is important but don’t explicitly say it are: repeating and/or emphasizing, pointing, it’s their area of expertise, and it’s a principle or core idea of the subject. Be observant and pay attention!
- I like to take my notes and slides from class, go over them, and make myself an important matters study guide which is the only thing I review before the test.
- If you have to memorize a chart or graph, I like to create the template that was presented, put the main headings, and then fill it out from memory. You can repeat this as many times as you need.
- Talk it Out!
- This might sound a little weird, but hear me out (pun intended)! You listen to a lecture in class… so why not do the same but with your own voice? Again, in your version of your lecture, you’re only going to “lecture on” the important points. You read aloud the important points and record with Voice Memos or a similar app. Then, you can listen back to it whenever you want! This method is especially helpful if you need or want to study but are commuting, exercising, cooking… you know, LIVING LIFE.
- If you don’t want to record yourself, you can go through your notes and just speak them out loud! It’s just another way to expose yourself to the material.
- This method is great for preparing for presentations as well.
- Group Study
- I’m normally not one for groups, but if you find studying with a group helpful, go for it! I actually did this about an hour before a final with 2 other students, and it was beneficial. They might know information you didn’t cover, and vice versa. They can also correct any information that you may have remembered incorrectly.
- Keep in mind: group study should HELP you, not be a distraction. It should be a small group (4 max) and it should be focused, not all over the place, meaning that you shouldn’t be studying EVERY LITTLE THING! It should be focused to the important and/or difficult topics.
Not studying techniques but tips to keep in mind!
- Take breaks! You should not be studying for hours on end without at least taking a 15 minute break. Otherwise you’re some sort of superhuman and that’s scary. Take a quick break by grabbing a snack, taking a walk, or using the restroom.
- Study better, NOT harder. It’s HOW you study, not how many HOURS you study that makes the difference in getting an A or a C. Is it better to study for 6 hours straight by poring over your notes again or again, or studying for 3 hours using a variety of techniques? You know the correct answer.
- Highlighting is your friend! Don’t go CRAZY with it, but highlighting or color coating material can be helpful.
- Stay hydrated! Make sure to drink water while you’re studying–it’ll keep you awake without the caffeine crash.
- Believe in yourself! Number 1 rule–have faith that you’ll do well!
I hope you enjoyed this post and happy studying on your happy and healthy adventure! ❤ 🙂