Study Your Way to Academic Success
Every student develops their own unique study habits to help them succeed, and some of these habits are more effective than others. Regardless of whether you’re starting a new program, wishing to improve your GPA, or looking for a way to better organize yourself, you may find some of the tips listed below helpful.
- Know Your Learning Style. Auditory learners learn best through hearing; tactile learners do best with hands-on methods; visual learners excel when using visual aids. Determine which type of learner you are and proceed accordingly.
- Take Thorough Notes That YOU Understand. If you’re the type that learns simply from reading, then you’ll most likely find that detailed, text-heavy notes are useful. If you’re a visually-oriented person however, try using symbols & doodles to assist you with note taking. Also, make note of any words or phrases that the teacher seems to place extra emphasis on.
- Color Code Your Notes & Assignments. Use highlighters, markers, or multi-colored page tabs to color code your notes and assignments. This way, you’ll have a much easier time preparing for major tests and assignments.
- Write Down All Assignments. This may seem like an obvious task, but far too many individuals do not complete assignments on time because they didn’t write them down and simply forgot about them. If you use a planner, it may be best for you to write your assignments there. If not, you may want to try writing the assignment on a post-it note and then placing it amongst your notes accordingly, or even saving it in your cell phone’s event planner.
- Always Turn Your Assignments in On Time. When you’ve finished an assignment, why not post it to your online classroom immediately? If for some reason you’re not going to be able to complete or post an assignment on time, it’s important that you communicate with your professor.
- Designate a Study Area at Home. Whether you need absolute silence with bright light or dim lights and soft music, designate an area at home that meets your needs and study in that area, making sure that you are uninterrupted.
- Prepare Yourself Physically for Big Assignments. In addition to studying for a test, you should always make sure that you eat properly and provide your body with the nutrition that it needs. A malnourished body generally will not do well on a test. Likewise, be sure to get enough sleep so that you’re fully alert and on your "A-game."
- Don't Procrastinate. This is the one that gets even the best students at one point or another. It’s always easy to say, "this can wait until tomorrow," but once you’ve put off the task at hand for a few tomorrow’s, you might find yourself with a once-minor task that has grown into a seemingly insurmountable one. If you can do something today, why wait? Just get it finished so that you can move onto other projects.
- Stay Positive. It's easy to fall into a pattern of negative thought, especially if the subject you’re studying is one that doesn’t particularly hold your interest. If you find yourself grumbling and groaning about doing class work for a subject that isn’t your favorite, try to remind yourself why you enrolled in class in the first place. Think ahead to the future, and remember that this is just a part of what needs to be done in order to reach your goals.