It’s another semester and you have loads of course material to study. What are some good study habits for college students? Here are a few tips you may not have heard of…
Good Study Habits for College Students
- Learn in the way you are most comfortable. Some people are visual, they need pictures. Some are auditory, they need to hear it explained. Some are kinesthetic, they need to experience the topic. Which style suits you? If you are visual, draw it out. Auditory? Say it aloud. Are you kinesthetic? Then put yourself in the same shoes as the topic you are studying. Feel what they would feel.
- Study in the same place that you’ll take the test. When you’re studying, your brain is also associating the information you are learning with bits and pieces of the environment around you. Have you every heard a song on the radio and it triggered a memory? How about a certain smell that reminded you of a time when? If you can, study in the exact same chair you’ll be taking the test. You’ll anchor the chair, desk and room to the information you’re learning and it’ll be easier to recall… even under test-taking stress!
- Study in short bursts. It’s a sprint… not a marathon. The goal here is to dive deeply into a section or chapter, learn it quickly and then take a break. That break acts as a recovery period and gives your brain a chance to relax. Another reason this works? Studying with a time limit (say 15-20 minutes) puts you under a slightly stressful state. If you learn the information under a stressful state… you’ll be able to recall it easier under a stressful state. No more test anxiety!
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